What is a Mug Rug?

This useful little mug rug
for your table or your desk,
is a safe and pretty coaster
where your coffee mug can rest.

It makes a handy mouse pad
and a crumb catcher, too,
so enjoy your morning coffee
with a muffin and the news.

Mug rugs make excellent Christmas gifts, alone or as the focal point for a gift basket, with some coffee and a nice mug. Mug rugs are the perfect size for daily use, at home or even at work, for coffee at your desk. There’s room on each quilt for your cup, a computer mouse and some special treats! They have thin cotton batting and quilted densely enough to create a mat that will lie nice and flat on the table, protecting it from heat and moisture. Your rug mug is washable, just in case you splash a little coffee!

An Apple for the Teacher Mug Rug from GloryQuilts on Etsy

Check out the mug rugs and other one-of-a-kind gift items I have listed in the GloryQuilts etsy shop right now. This one would be a great Christmas gift for a favorite teacher.

I have a shipping special deal right now – an unlimited number of doll quilts and mug rugs can be added to any order with no additional shipping charges! You only pay for shipping the first item. Do your Christmas shopping early. (Does this still count as “early” for Christmas shopping?)

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I have some mug rugs available for sale at Pearson Family Farm in Ramsey, MN during their fall harvest events. It’s a great place. Their barn is full of pumpkins, squashes, broom corn, corn stalks, gourds, and all kind of fall decor. Enjoy their homegrown popcorn, browse their collection of vintage cars and farm equipment and enjoy the corn maze. Hay rides on the weekends!

GloryQuilts Mug Rugs

 

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Do you have mug rugs? Do you use them?

Mug Rug Poem (c)2015 Catherine Timmons for GloryQuilts

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Autumn Quilt

In addition to the seasonal quilt over the fireplace, I set a new autumn table runner on the mantel. Table runners are perfect for fireplace mantels and piano tops as well as dining room tables! The painted mason jars were a pinterest project. I needed a non-fabric craft to do one day, and those were fast and easy. And cheap, because I had already had the acrylic paint and some empty canning jars. I made the stuffed pumpkins last year.  I used weighted pellets in the bottoms, to give them stability, but they are otherwise filled with inexpensive polyfil. They are like giant pincushions.

autumnfireplace1This is one of my favorite quilts. It was a class sample for a Quiltmaking 101 class: fabric selection, rotary cutting, accurate straight-line piecing. No triangles, no curves, and few corners to match up. Most of the students made it in just two colors – dark and light. It was striking and dramatic that way, but I like these batiks and similar fabrics. Orange and blue are complementary colors on the color wheel, which is supposed to be an attractive arrangement. I didn’t start out that way, though – I was looking at browns and blues, and the rustier browns and oranges kept popping up on the design wall, In the end, the blue and orange (rust) quilt is perfect for autumn!

autumnquilts2A couple more pictures of my autumn home.  That table runner is for sale on etsy, and I have another almost just like it – with green and gold coordinates instead of burgundy and green – nearly finished.

 

 

 

How do you use table runners in your home?

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The Barn Quilt

The Pearson Family Farm Barn Quilt

It’s up and it’s beautiful!

Barn Quilts (technically they are Barn Quilt Blocks) are everywhere here in Wisconsin – people even make smaller versions for garages, sheds or even the sides of houses.  We enjoy them. There’s something about a quilt on a barn that makes us feel comfortable.

The Pearson Family Farm Barn Quilt

Barn Quilts in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest are sometimes featured in “Barn Quilt Trails” maps, usually organized by county agencies, departments of tourism or local quilt guilds.  You can enjoy a day in the country, seeing all of the different quilt blocks!

How to make a barn quilt

How to make a barn quilt:  My sister Cory and I made this one with two 4’X8′ sheets of top quality plywood. We started with a few layers of primer and then drafted out the pattern, working on one board (half of the block) at a time. We used the same heavy-duty enamel paint that they use on their farm equipment, in John Deere Green, Ford Blue, IH Red, and Ford Yellow!

Making the Barn Quilt Block for Pearson Family Farm in Ramsey, MN

Hauling those sheets of plywood in and out of the barn while we alternated so we could paint and let it dry between layers and edging was hard work!

The Barn Quilt Block, ready to install at Pearson Family Farm

The pattern is called “Bright and Morning Star,” one of the names of Jesus Christ, to reflect the faith of the Pearson family farmers.

Installing the barn quilt at Pearson Family Farm

How to install a barn quilt:  Leave town and let the farmer do it. I am related to some very resourceful men! My nephew and brother-in-law took care of this part of the project. They rented a lift for the day and had to drill through the (fairly new) siding and wall of the barn to mount the block securely.

Cory and Dan at Pearson Family Farm

Pearson Family Farm

My sister and her husband farm in Ramsey, Minnesota, just north of Minneapolis, in an area that has become quite suburban since the farm was established three generations ago. It’s hard to farm in the city! To supplement the income from “real” farming, they have diversified to include seasonal sales of pumpkins, straw bales, fall decor, popping corn and corn stalks, etc. They do hay wagon rides and have a small corn maze. They sometimes have special community events with live music and games for the kids.  This “Fall Sales” season is short, but it’s a significant part of the farm’s income. The quilt block, which is visible for a long distance along the major road that passes directly in front of their farm and also from the commuter train across from that, will be good promotional advertising for them. And we think it looks great!

Nine-Patch with Shadows

This warm and snuggly quilt – 53″ X 53″ – is available for sale on etsy! Treat yourself or start your Christmas shopping now!

The air is getting chilly here in Wisconsin. Cuddle under a quilt!

 

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