Ok so I totally didn't get what the deal was with "mug rugs". I've seen them popping up all over blogs and flickr lately, even swaps happening, they are just a large coaster, right?
But now I kind of get it... a little "something" for a gift, my first test at making a dresden circle (if that's what it's even called) and an instant sewing fix, cut and sewn in one night.
I made this rug up using some Denyse Schmidt fabric from Spotlight as well as some linen and matching red homespun. An added a hand embroidered "TEA" and quilted in semi circles, all ready to be gift wrapped.
After some flickr browsing I came across some amazing "mug rugs", and I think the appeal to them is like "doll quilts" which I've also never made, it's a chance to try some different quilting skills, use up pieces of fabric, all without having a bunch of quilts laying around.