Here some of the first samples I made.
See what I mean about fabric scraps? The largest piece is just 4x6. It's also a good way to get rid of batting scraps. A quilter never wants to throw anything away. You never know when you will need it. Even scraps as small as 2x2 (you can always make a scrap quilt).
Here is a good definition of exactly what a mug rug is:
“A small, mini quilt that is mostly there to look pretty on your desk and soak up drips and condensation, larger than a coaster, but smaller than a place mat. Just the right size for a drink, spoon and perhaps a little snack.”
There is such a craze that there are mug rug swaps - seamstresses and quilters make mug rugs and then "swap" them to other seamstresses and quilters.
Several years ago, new to machine embroidery, I sewed a test sample of the design before I stitched the final design on my project. I put the samples in a box. I discovered that I could combine some of these samples with my mug rugs. Here is a set I used with sample dragons.
The more I make, the more I like them. So, Off to make more!