February 17th, 2011
For THE longest time I’ve hated the word “mug rug” for those cute little quilts everyone is making. Not only would I never put a mug or food on a quilt… just the name alone sounds like something that would be on George Carlin’s word list. I’ve given this gem other names… but they’re far worse than it’s current name. And then something happened… the word was so bad, that I began to like it. Kind like the Real Housewives of [insert your favorite city here] - I H A T E D those shows at first… now they’re my favorites shows on tv. And I’m now a fan of the Real Housespouses of Mugruglandia.
Tonight at Portland Modern Quilt Guild we’re doing a mug rug swap. I mean… we’re doing a MUG RUG SWAP (I’m sayin’ it loud, I’m saying it proud). I’m not sure if there’s a standard size for a mug rug, but mine measures at 9″ x 11″.
I used Amanda Jean’s easy and clever rectangle method from her zig zag tutorial, and married orange 30’s repo fabrics and new aqua fabrics (Sweet Broderie by Rosalie Quinlan). My little quilt is what my opinion of what modern quilting is - making something old… new again. Cherishing the past - celebrating the now. Not to mention nifty new ways of doing things (thanks AJ!).
I added my quilt’s birth certificate and now I’m all ready for guild tonight. And I’ll have my eyes locked on Elizabeth when she puts her mug rug onto to the swap table. Something tells me ALL EYES will be on Elizabeth and there’s going to be a mad dash to the table. There could possibly be injuries.
Note to self. Bring band-aids, crutches, slings and ice packs to guild tonight.