Doing a private swap is a wonderful way to start getting to know a quilting friend better. I really enjoyed going through more of Ruth's blog than I had seen previously. (I was on the hunt for photos of her two favorite pals - Charly and Wilbur.) Ruth is such a warm and friendly person, a lot of fun, and a very talented quilter and if you don't know her yet, hop over and pay a visit!
Today I'm sharing the two wonderful mug rugs that Ruth made for me. Yes, she went all out and sent two, along with a whole bunch of other goodies. Ruth does not do swaps half way, so be prepared for that if you are ever her swap partner!
This first mug rug is so touching to me. Ruth got her inspiration from an email conversation we had about how nice it would be to be able to sit and have a cup of tea and sew together. She did hand sewn blanket stitching around her appliques, embroidered the words, and finished it with playful, swirly quilting.
|Tea Break Mug Rug - by Ruth Bourke|
Did you see that she even quilted a little bee on there? Here's the back view. Love Ruth's Wilbur-the-Basset-Hound labels!
Here is Ruth's second mug rug... which is ever so pretty! She did a wee Ohio Star. Is it called a Limerick Star when you make it Ruth? Actually... if there isn't already, there should be a quilt block named a Limerick Star. Don't you all think that would be a great name? The quilting and patchwork Ruth did is ever so tiny and sweet! I love it!
|Star Mug Rug - by Ruth Bourke|
And last of all, look at what else was in Ruth's package: Quilt Now Magazine, a pin tin, fat quarters, and Cadbury Chocolate! Like I said, Ruth is not a halfway sort of swap partner, LOL. Thank you for my beautiful mug rugs and for such a fun time Ruth!
Next time, I'll share pictures of what I sent to Ruth. :)
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