This is my second Christmas in July hop this year. This one is Totally different than the last. This one is 15 + interpretations of the same item. Hopefully giving you some ideas for a quick and easy gift. Sorry but it is a little picture heavy.
It started with a conversation with a quilting buddy who is an Honor Flight Guardian. She supports her guys throughout the year. She mentioned that she was going to have a Christmas luncheon for 7 - 9 of them and their quests and was looking for an idea for a small token gift.
I suggested Mug Rugs +, you know a mug with a mug rug and some treats and maybe hot chocolate or tea. We thought we would start them in the fall. Obviously I don't wait well and prompted by this hop, off I ran with the idea.
I love Mug Rugs. I think I love them because they come without rules.
There are no size constraints,
they can be bound or not,
square or rectangular.
They can be plain (sorry I don't do plain ) or busy.
They can be reversible or not, this is a picture of several of the backs
pieced, appliqued, or stitched.
A truly blank canvas to create on.
After a couple of lame starts we decided that what I would use as bare bones guidelines would be something with a Christmas front and a RWB back . As close as I could get to no rules.
I had a few ideas floating around in my head and a few stray blocks that have been started and never finished and a couple of ideas that I found drawn in my notebooks.
I used a couple of blocks to practice some machine quilting, this one around the ornaments is an example
I had been working on my scrap votex quilt so I had a lot of scraps out and about begging to be included, added on as backings, borders or bindings or as the main focus of the rug.
So I assume that by now you have a great idea for a quick and easy gift for pretty much anyone. Add a mug and some fixins and you can make a gift for any price range you may need. Toss in a gift card. Make a Zippered pouch it can be tucked into. Just have fun with it.
One last thing. I had my sister stop by to check all of these mug rugs out and explained to her what I was aiming at. She started to go through the stack of stuff I was using and found 2 stitched pieces that were going to be post cards last year or the year before and a machine stitched piece I had done a few months ago. Before she left she had me do all 3 of them into mug rugs for her.
Thanks for hanging in there and I hope I gave you an idea or 2. If you leave a comment I will be happy to send you one of these cuties. I'll pick a name on the 28th and you can tell me which one you might like (excluding my sisters, they are already long gone). I will be happy to ship internationally.
Please take a few minutes and visit all of the other participants. It will be so worth your while.
Wishing One and All a Very Merry Christmas