Jillian of Dakota Essence started another Mug Rug Swap way back in January this year, but something must have happened as there haven’t been any updates from her since February. I hope she is okay!
I signed up for this immediately, even though I already had several projects on the boil, because these are fun little projects that have quite a few benefits. They’re fast because they’re small and they offer low-risk opportunities to experiment with new shapes and techniques.
I can’t seem to find my sketch ideas. I remember drawing them, too! But here is my cheat sheet:
Pieces printed and cut, ready to sew:20140624-233647-85007708.jpg
Quilting in progress. Apparently I didn’t take a photo of the top before I trimmed, sandwiched and basted it. You can see my freehanded quilt markings. Also quilted in the ditch.20140624-233648-85008177.jpg
I decided to add some embroidery in keeping with the candy theme. Used the same perle 8 thread that I had bought for the Irish Chain Variation quilt. Yes, I used this mug rug to test out that idea here. This my test of stem stitch before I tried, and opted for, the backstitch. I ended up using chain stitch on the big quilt!20140624-233648-85008688.jpg
The completed mug rug:

wpid-FP_140221_IMG_6183-Edit-Edit.jpgMy Mug Rug swap partner was the lovely Janet and she sent me this gem:

Appliqué tea and cake

I love the button cherry! And the other side:

Le Moyne Star
Le Moyne Star

And it came wrapped inside this:wpid-FP_140312__MG_6076.jpgOne day, I think I’m going to make one of the projects in here!