Before Christmas 2017 I participated in a mug rug swap in the Norwegian Modern Quilt group on FaceBook, making and sending two mug rugs off to a partner (also a member in the same group).
I got a little stuck trying to define what's modern to me.. but finally settled with a couple of designs - and tried to get some quilting practice in too. (I haven't entirely given up on learning to machine quilt better - I even have a book now! But it takes time..)
These are the backs of the mug rugs, showing the quilting. I tried to use the movements in the fabric/design from the front of the mug rugs to see where it might take me.
And then the fronts. The little tree is drawn by me. I sewed small golden glass beads on it to make it a little more Christmas-y, and to match the tiny gold dots on the background fabric.
I really liked them - and ended up making another set for me too. :-)