Kristen at the Order of the OPUS GLUEI has set forth the challenge to create something to pay homage to your Patriotism. You don't have to be American. Just have to be Patriotic toward some country.
Naturally, I picked the good ole U S of A.
I made a few mug rugs (Basically they are mini placemats or very large coasters. Just big enough for a mug and a snack.) to help get into the festive mood.
This abstract mug rug is about 6x8 inches. I played with the star quilting. I like how it came out. But I still think I could do better. Practice makes perfect. Well, I don't necessarily have to be perfect. Just better.
This one was inspired by the tradition we have of going to see the fireworks. Both of these were sent off in a swap. My partner wanted hers portrait in orientation.
I made two versions of this one. I wasn't sure the lighter background would work. I was thinking it is almost twilight in this one. It sort of works, but not nearly as nicely as the dark. So I sent my partner the darker one. Because it looks nicer.
I made another one for me. This one started out being made for my swap partner, but I really didn't like the way the pieces don't line up. I also kind of used it to test the star quilting. So I kept it and made the evolved abstract version you see above. I've been using this one in my office at work. Yup. I am ready for fireworks.
This is the back.
And to finish off this Challenge, here is the wonderfully, amazing mug rug that I received in this swap.
Hope you aren't sick of mug rugs yet. Just kidding. That's it for now.
Head over to OPUS GLUEI and see what the other Poobah's have come up with this week. And share your Patriotic project.