I kept hearing about mug rug swaps, so after following one last winter to see what was going on, I joined in the Springtime Flowers Mug Rug Swap hosted by Michele Foster of Facebook’s Quilting Gallery.
The way this works is you sign up to participate for a small fee of $6. Then you receive 2 patterns valued at $4 that were designed for this swap by The Patchsmith. The patterns are available later through The Patchsmith’s Craftsy Pattern Store. Michele matches up the swap partners based on experience level. At the appointed time you receive an email with your swap partner’s name and email address. The email with the partner information and patterns also contained tips on making the mug rugs and links to tutorials. The swap allowed about two months to make and send the mug rugs, during which time we get to know our swap partner and make a new quilting friend. My swap partner is Laurie from Idaho. We each answered a list of 12 questions related to fabric, color, and style preferences that would help the other one in designing the mug rugs. It is customary for the partners to include a small gift with the mug rugs, something else homemade, or something that your partner would like.
Here are the mug rugs I made for Laurie.
One of the guidelines in the swap was to make a label for each mug rug,
I sent this little Texas package to Idaho,
It was fun to participate in this swap. Some people have participated in many swaps, but I think my curiosity has been satisfied. It was fun!