and between the two of these I made my very first mug rug/Christmas present!
the bottom is a little bit wavy (not on purpose) I swear that it was straight when I cut it out. Something about hand sewing binding onto so much batting made it distort a little bit. Hopefully it'll get better by the next time.
Regardless I am proud of myself for stepping outside of a pattern and doing something without first taking a class about it. Reading other people's blogs helped me realize that if I can quilt then there are lots of other creative outlets that I can do. It's an empowering feeling. Nice to step outside of my comfort zone every now and again.
I know that I could never really sell this mug rug or anything but hopefully it will bring some joy to it's recipient. Because we are always our own worse critics I suppose.