Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Do you call them "mug rugs" or "mug mats" ?

No matter what name you use,
these fun little *mini-quilts* are
becoming all the rage!

They are just the right size to hold a mug
of coffee or tea & a cookie or two.

Very Easy & fun to make, they give one a
chance to practice free motion quilting &
help to use up scraps in our ever growing stash...
"resource center".

My husband says mine looks like
a "dry goods store".


I used an Embroidery Library machine embroidery design on

the mug mat & I made the matching bookmark

to send along with this gift to an

online friend who is a Bible teacher & lecturer.

Can you guess who???

The following photos are to explain how I hand sew my

bindings to the back of any quilt

so that the stitching doesn't show.

First, bury the knot beneath the binding &

come up into the folded edge.

Take the smallest bite you can out of that

folded edge. If you keep your needle right at the

side of the fold, then go back down right next to it,

your binding will wrap around snugly &

will pull over, hiding the thread.



I was taught by some very experienced quilters in Florida...

(Houston Quilt Show prize winners)
to always stitch down the mitered corners, too.

I use snap-fold hairclips to hold my

binding in place while I stitch.

So much nicer than getting stuck with pins!

I'm joining Kim's weekly
Wow Us Wednesday

at her beautiful blog
Savvy Southern Style.

I'm sure there are many much more "wowing" projects

to be seen over at her place, so be sure to follow the links.

Thank you, Kim, for hosting this fun & inspiring meme each week.

Thank YOU, too, for stopping by The Gazebo House.

You're welcome to visit anytime!


  1. That is so cute and so pretty, Rett. Ilove the fabric pattern and the colors, so perfect! Yeah, I have been a blogging machine lately, lol....Christine

  2. I think I can guess where your mug mat is going ~ Y@SG? Am I right? You do such beautiful work Rett. I like the idea of the hair clips instead of pins.
    Have a wonderful day!

  3. Very pretty, Rett! I can't sew but I think you did a fantastic job with the tutorial!

    Have a great week!


    P.S. Love the sky in your header photo!

  4. They are beautiful, Rett! So talented!

  5. I agree, clips are better than pins! I love the stars in your free motion!!

  6. You are so clever, Rett - I love that little mug mat. These things are quite new to me - perhaps they haven't made it north of the border yet.

  7. Rett, that is adorable, and you've taught me several news things today. I hadn't heard of mug rugs before. This is just darling. And I love to hear about quilting. I keep thinking that I'm not too old to learn how to really use a machine, and this makes me want to do that SO much. You are tremendously talented, and your friend will love this.


    Sheila :-)

  8. Rett, you do such beautiful work. Thanks for sharing the details. Let me know if you find a pattern for the Quimper Breton figures. I've searched for those napkins without success. ;-)
    Hope you are enjoying some spring weather. ~ sarah

  9. Why have I never thought of using those hair clips???? I'm always getting stuck....thank you sew much!!!
    I have made over 30 mug rugs since Thanksgiving...they make great gifts!
    Gmama Jane

  10. Rhett, I love this! It is so beautiful and I adore the book mark too. What a fun idea and I need to learn how to do the quilting. That way if I had to throw it away, it wouldn't be such a waste!

  11. How pretty and fun, Rett! I keep saying I am going to learn to quilt. This would certainly be a less frightening way to begin! lol Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  12. Hi Rett:
    ...and before you even know it, you're addicted to making them! ;-) You already know what I call 'em, girlfriend. This one is beautiful.

    I've been using those spring clips for quite a while now. I love that they can't stick me. Now, if I could just keep the needle from surprising me every now and then!

    Thinking of you and Ernie.

  13. Rett<

    Just plain gorgeous. I am off to get clips today! I love the idea of the bookmark. I have started to work on our quilt again but the mug mats keep calling my name. I made a scrappy bag/pin cushion to match my I am thinking machine cover to match...

    Love to see the doll clothes you have made for Felicity.


  14. I've never quilted, but that is the stitch that I've always used to hem. Interesting. Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I always place my eBay bid with 20 seconds left. I generally try to double or triple the high bid. It rarely if ever actually goes that high...usually just a few dollars higher than the high bid when I entered. Plus...if they have a chance to bid again against me, they rarely come up that high. Shhh...don't tell! I do have to be prepared to pay up to that highest bid that I've just rarely even gets close. Cherry Kay

  15. Great post Rett. Would love the pattern for the mug mats. Fabulous job of the mat. Take care, hugs, Jen.

  16. You really do beautiful work. So pretty. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at Thanks so much.

  17. Ms. Rett,
    I'm visiting through Ms. Yvonne's and I must say that you are so talented! All the little details in that little "rug" I can just imagine what your full size quilts would look like, then I looked at your slide show and am just amazed!
    So very glad I found you :)
    Have a wonderful day!

  18. Rett, this is soo cute. Yvonne is one lucky duck. I'm going to share this link with my daughter who wants to start quilting. I think this would be a good little project for her to try. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!


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