Mug Rug Madness: Tetris Mug Rug

Thanks, Erin, for asking me to participate in Mug Rug Madness holiday edition!  I'm super excited to share my little holiday mug rug with you guys today.


I think mug rugs are a super fun way to work on new techniques and try out different things with quilting, in a small, practically no commitment needed kind of way.  When Erin first asked me to join in, I was completely idea-less.  Until one fateful day at Wal-Mart, when I came across a copy of Nintendo Power magazine in their magazine section.  I had no idea they were even still publishing that magazine, but I hadn't seen one since I was a kid.  Naturally, given that I hardly play video games these days, it reminded me of the good old days of video games, back when the Nintendo NES system was the coolest thing on the block.

I was the last kid I knew to get a Nintendo, but from having played at my friends' houses, I'd gotten pretty good at several games.  I loved playing the Mario games, especially Super Mario 3, but my most favorite game was Tetris.  From the music to the colorful blocks to the way the game was like an interactive puzzle, I loved every minute of it.  My mother would sit and watch, and kind of act like a sportscaster behind me, narrating what I was doing and interjecting her two cents as to where I should put a block or how I should flip it.  I spent many hours of my childhood with that game, and quilting has always kind of reminded me of Tetris.

At first, I thought about using my Tetris idea in the For the Love of Solids swap, but my partner didn't seem to enthused about it.  No problem, I transferred the idea over to Mug Rug Madness, and an adorable little mug rug was born.

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This mug rug is super easy to put together, and if you were as big of a fan of Tetris as I was, you'll be able to come up with your own interpretation, using the basic blocks of Tetris.  Here's a super simple way to make one just like mine.

Tetris Mug Rug
You'll need:
Scraps of 10 different fabrics
~ 36" of binding
6" x 9" scrap of batting
6" x 9" fabric scrap for backing

1. Cut four 1.5" squares from each of your fabrics.  Each Tetris block is made from four smaller blocks, arranged in a certain way.

2. Layout your squares in a way to match the diagram below.

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3. Stitch your squares together row by row, left to right, in pairs, until each row is complete, using a scant 1/4" seam.  Press your seams open.

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4. Seam your rows together, again using a scant 1/4" seam, and pinning as necessary to ensure your blocks line up.

5. Press all seams open.  Back, quilt, and bind as desired.  Ta da!

Tetris inspired mug rug for Mug Rug Madness

Thanks so much again, Erin, and thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for providing us with these fabulous holiday fabrics.  Holiday fabrics are so much fun, and they have a boatload of them at Fat Quarter Shop in their amazing Christmas Cloth Store.  Their Coming Soon section is also lots of fun to browse, but be sure to have a napkin or tissue handy, because it's quite drool-worthy!  You can find even FQS on FB and Twitter now!


Do you like prizes?  I know you do:)  Erin's got you covered over on her blog, where our lovely sponsor, Fat Quarter Shop, has some fantastic items up for grabs.  You will also have the chance to win this fabulous mug rug as well as the other mug rugs from this round of Mug Rug Madness.  Good luck!

If you happen to make this mug rug, or anything else from my tutorials, please make sure to share it over at my new Flickr group, Stitching with Don't Call Me Betsy!  I'd love to see what you make!

Mug Rug Addicts Anonymous - MRAA

Hi, everyone. My name is Elizabeth and I think I'm addicted to making mug rugs. Someone stop me!

But they're so fun. They're really just mini quilts and the idea that you can make a little quilt with beautiful scraps and finish it off in a naptime or two is just fantastic.

Have you made one yet? What are you waiting for?! Need some inspiration? Check out what this fantastic group has been up to...




1. mug rug alone in all it's glory :), 2. Modern Meadow Patchwork Mug Rug, 3. eiffel tower mug rug closeup, 4. Tiny Squares Mug Rug {Front}, 5. Vintage City Scene, 6. Mug Rug--Complete!, 7. Christmas Tree, 8. Holiday Mug Rug, 9. Selvage Mug Rug - In Progress, 10. snowman mug rug, 11. Mug rug done!, 12. Mug Rug - nearly there!


I finished up the mug rug for my partner in the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap, phew!  I'm excited to get it off in the mail today, along with some extra goodies for my secret partner.

Finished front!


Finished back - I love the way the outline quilting makes the back look really cool

After I finished this one off, I had some other ideas for mug rugs, and decided I would make a pair for both my brother and sister for the holidays, so I scrounged around in my scrap bins for some fabric that I thought they would like.

I used linen for the first time on these mug rugs, which was interesting to work with.  I really like the texture that it gave to the mug rugs.  It makes them feel like they're truly meant to be used.  I will definitely use linen again, especially for this kind of thing.  I love the crosshatch pattern that the linen has, it's so beautiful.


A pair for my brother, using Moda Origins and some Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen

Some wonky lines on the Origins mug rugs

I was explaining the project to my mother on the phone, and she suggested I write a little note with each set to explain what a mug rug is.  When I finished these up and realized how much they resemble potholders, I figured she was right.


A pair for my sister, using lots of random blue, gray, and white scraps and some Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen


Teeny meandering quilting on the blue scrap mug rugs


So here's what I was thinking...

What am I?  I'm a mug rug!  What's a mug rug, you ask?  A mug rug is a mini quilt, perfect for holding a mug of your favorite beverage and a snack, too.  So, what are you waiting for?  Use me!


P.S. - Things might be a little quiet over here on the blog this week, with all the prep for Thanksgiving going on at my house.  I'm hoping to finish at least one more project this week before Thanksgiving, so stay tuned and have a wonderful holiday week!

Friday is all about finishing things up

Woo hoo!  Today is all about finishing up a few projects...



I'm going to finally finish up the Castle Peeps doll quilt!  



Some cute mug rugs for my house...I finished up one last night and have one more to finish today




And naturally, I'm going to either start up a new project or pick up an old one.  I'm going to do one of three things next:


1. Pick up the Park Avenue quilt and baste it - it's going to be a holiday gift for my in-laws



2. Work on the layout for the Christmas throw quilt and sew the top together

3. Work on making growth charts for my son and my nephew for holiday gifts

Tune in Monday to see what's brewing next and to see how to doll quilt turns out!