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The Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild had our first holiday ‘party’ yesterday, and we had such a good time! It makes us think we should consider having good food and swaps at every meeting : )
We all made a mug rug (think small placemat, big enough to rest your cup of coffee or tea and a few cookies or snacks) and then did an anonymous swap. Here’s a pic of all the mug rugs together (pic courtesy of Melinda):
I was thrilled to receive a beautiful mug rug from Ellen. Ellen is one of my most favorite quilters in the group, mainly because our tastes seem to be very similar in design and fabric. I aspire to be as good as she is : ) She commonly uses a lot of aqua and orange, two of the most perfect color combinations ever!
Ellen’s gift was wrapped in a beautiful orange print fabric, and inside were these two beautiful little goodies:
Not only did I get a beautiful mug rug, but I got a little napkin, too! Seeing the array of mug rugs was amazing. Every single one had it’s own personality, and we are getting to the point of knowing each other where we can almost pick out who did which item. It seems everyone loved making the mug rugs.
Now that we’ve made the exchange, I can finally post pictures of the one I made. I have to give Paul credit – apparently he was thinking about my mug rug project while he was driving one day, and came up with the idea of making it like a record album, where the record comes out of the album cover. Brilliant!
It took me about 4 or 5 tries to get it just right. Trying to figure out the best way to do the record was the most difficult part, but I finally figured it out. I really enjoyed it because I used skills I haven’t used in a really long time (i.e. satin stitching, applique, etc.).
Here it is, just the album cover by itself:
The record is attached to the inside of the cover, but the album pulls out as a place to rest your mug:
Here’s the back:
With a mug and snacks:
I’m excited to announce that this, or variations of it, will be one of the first items available in my Etsy store very soon. The album cover is customizable and will have several designs and graphics available.
What do you think?