eamylove', from America. I jumped at the chance and designed a mug rug which reflected her tastes (I hope) and my location. Today I received her gift to me - two mug rugs and a lovely sample pack of Moda 'Gypsy Rose' fabrics.
I love the pretty turquoise and floral mug rug - it is so fresh and summery. But, I am (very nearly, almost, quite possibly) decided that my favourite is the green and black mug rug - the 'unlock your dreams' theme says it all. Also this mug rug has a block of fabric featuring crowns which, as I have received it on Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee, will always remind me of the day that I received my first mug rug swap. How very clever of Amy.
But what they both show me is how professional Amy's work is - the binding and quilting is immaculate. No wonder she sells her work - she is so skilled (click here for her Etsy shop). I am going to spend some time learning how to bind and quilt so neatly and, as Laurraine kindly told me from Patchwork Pottery, I will practise, practise, practise. Also, Amy must have a huge stash of different fabrics - check out Amy's work here to see the prints and colours she uses? I have quite a bit of fabric but can a quilter ever have too much? I don't think so. A sample pack is an excellent way to add variation to your stash and you can try different styles, patterns and colours that you wouldn't normally use without wasting fabric. I shall indulge in more sample packs in the future.
Finally, Amy hasn't used batting in her mug rugs and this seems to be so obvious that I wonder why I didn't think of it. Interfacing is a much better choice as it means there is less 'rocking' of the mug as the rug lays flatter on the table. I am finishing off a summer table runner which I will show you another day - I have used batting in this but I am now thinking that even with table toppers and table runners interfacing is a good alternative.
But for now, from a cloudy England celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee I have received a smile from across the Atlantic - a smile that will last a very long time.