The very first swap of 2016 for the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild took place earlier this week. Members were invited to make a mug bag and everyone who makes one, also receives one. The only rules were: the mug bag must be pieced and quilted.
I love quilted bags so I had to participate. I found a tutorial for a small bag at A Quilting Life and thought it would be perfect. This isn't a mug bag specifically, but many of our members don't actually use mugs during meetings, they bring a water bottle. So the bag needed to be big enough for a water bottle.
The tutorial calls for 2 1/2" squares and I had a mini charm pack of Zen Chic's Juggling Summer in my sewing room so I went with that. I also used fat 1/8s of the same collection for the top band, the cord casing and the lining. I used fun ruler twill tape for the cords. I love them!
I received a bag made by Maggie and I love it. Those colours are just so happy and pretty! And it's the perfect size for the water bottle I take to guild meetings and sew-ins.
I managed to take a picture of all the mug bags made by the members. We have a bunch of talented ladies!
Did you ever participate in swaps like this one? What are some of your favourite items to make and receive for these swaps? Would love to know!
And since this is a finish, I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Faith and Fabric for TGIFF.