What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't take the pattern or measurements too seriously. I made this up as I went along. I found that the general dimensions for mug rugs are ~ 8 x 10 inches, so I aimed for that. I also kept things wonky so that there was less pressure to make everything at right angles and parallel (both piecing for the top, appliqued pocket, and the quilting). It's great to practice on small projects like this (piecing, applique, quilting, binding). I used scraps and fabric found in the discount section of extra fabric at the store.