Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Thursday April 11 April Showers Blog Hop

Have you been following the "April Showers Mug Rug" blog hop this week?   There have been so many pretty projects posted and it's only the first week... so much fun and inspiration!
When this blog hop was posted, I immediately thought...
"April showers bring May flowers"! 
And this week has been dark and rainy every single day in my neck of the woods. We are soooo ready for the showers to result in something good!


I had to include some galoshes in my little mug mats ...
one has the galoshes on the front, and the other on the backing.
And I used two of my favorite stitchery blocks in my mug mats. 
These are two of the (free!) embroidery blocks posted last year by Clover & Violet  in their Garden Steps project. Hop over and check out their wonderful designs.



I had so much fun turning these hand stitched embroidery blocks into something useful. 
Both mug rugs have some machine quilting and hand stitching.





I made my mug rugs the perfect useable size for your favorite mug, or tea cup, or cold beverage glass.




I just love this photo...see the "courage" through the glass?!?

If you would like to have one of these mug mats at your house, leave me a comment below. I will pick two winners at the end of the hop.
Thanks to Madame Samm and Madame Erin for organizing all this quilty fun for us!
I encourage you to visit my other mug rug friends and see what special projects they are sharing today...

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures
Jill @ Apple Avenue Quilts
Cathy @ Cathy's Chatter
Quilter Kathy @ Kathy's Quilts
Marsha @ Quilter in Motion
Pat @ Life in the Scrapatch
Connie @ Shepody Mountain Crafter
Vickey @ Gingersnaps Quilts
Danielle @ A Geeky Crafty Life
Gwen @ Get More Done...Today
Rachel @ Sew Happily Ever After!

117 comments:

  1. Your Mug rugs are darling! Love your beautiful embroidery. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Your stitchery is fantastic! Thanks for sharing where we can get the free designs. I love the colors you used! Very nice! Thanks for participating and inspiring us! And thanks for offering the giveaway too!

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  3. Your mug rugs are adorable! Love the colors you choose and your stitching is wonderful!

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  4. Love both of your mug rugs! The embroidery designs are adorable! Beautiful work!

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  5. Nice stitching, love the wellies fabric!

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  6. Wonderful to see your fresh mug rugs! Perfect fabrics and embellishments! Thanks for the chance!

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  7. such a beautiful mug rugs you made. love them. Thanks for sharing
    Frederika

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  8. Lovely stitchery on you mug rugs. I like them.

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  9. Beautiful embroidery and I like your added charms.

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  10. Your mug rugs are so cute. I love them all. Thanks for sharing

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  11. What lovely mug rugs. Love the embroidery. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I love your stitchery and the use of bright colors! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Sew very cute. Lovely job on the stitching.

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  14. Just lovely! And I love the fabrics you used!Perfect with the stitcheries!

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  15. Kathy. WOW! for that stitchery. Just so lovely. Thanks for sharing your creativity in combining the two in your mug rugs.

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  16. Gorgeous embroidery just adds to your mug rugs.

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  17. Love the little message dangle and your art rugs are very cute, nice job.....

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  18. Your rugs are very cute, I really must join o e of these blog hops sometime they look like a lot of fun.. Thanks

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  19. Gorgeous mug rugs - I love the boot fabric too!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  20. I like cheerful and fun! Your mug rugs are fabulous!

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  21. I am filled with awe at embroidery, it is a skill I never had time to acquire. Your mug rugs are very pretty, I would so love to be lucky.

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  22. You did a great job Kathy...love your mug rugs

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  23. The embroidery adds such a sweet touch to the mug rugs! It would be hard to pick a favorite. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of them.

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  24. Cute mug rugs! I really love the birdhouse stitchery and the bright thread colors. And thanks for the giveaway too!

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  25. Your mug rugs are adorable. I love your stitcheries, very optimistic that spring will be here soon. I just made my first two mug rugs, but they were just from leftover blocks, and not nearly so special and pretty.

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  26. Kathy,
    Spring is bursting forth from each of your darling mug rugs! Your April showers have blessed us with a breath of Spring! Thanks for sharing! Beulah

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  27. Oh my gosh! Your mug mats are delightful! I love the stitcheries you've used in them and the galoshes fabric is really fun. Hugs...

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  28. I don't think you can ever go wrong in adding stitches to a rug...yours are lovely....

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  29. Your embroidery is great! Thanks for sharing your mug rugs!

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  30. Love your embellishments and the embroidery is gorgeous!

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  31. i like the birdhouse! thanks for sharing.

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  32. I love that little birdhouse--your stitching is beautiful!

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  33. Your embroidery is so bright and springlike, even if you're experiencing gray and rainy outside! Your mug rugs bring a little bit of spring indoors!

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  34. Beautiful mug rugs. Love the stitching. You put so much work into these. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on the draw
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  35. Very nice stitcheries on your sweet mug rugs. Good job.

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  36. You made a VERY pretty mug rug, I can tell you put a lot of time and thought into it !

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  37. You bet I would like to have one come visit at my house, I might even make one to send back to you!

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  38. From 1 Kathy to another, and you are the 3rd one I have visited today on this hop!--great job. I love the embroidery work--light and airy like spring. Beautiful work.

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  39. Your mug rugs are very pretty with all the beautiful embroidery.You are so creative and talented. You did a wonderful job. Thank you so much for sharing and for the chance to win one of these.

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  40. What pretty mug rugs(and cutie baby) Wonderful job on the embroidery.

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  41. love the little word charms you included on your mug rugs...clever and charming...these are all so delightful, what an adorable gift this will be to both give and receive!

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  42. Just lovely...really makes you think of spring. Especially love the rain boot fabric.Could never find fabric like that where I live. :(
    I would love to receive one of your little masterpieces. Don't know how you find the time!

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  43. really cute mug rugs. I like the rain boot fabric. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. Your mug rugs are beautiful! Great hand embroidery. Thank you for sharing.

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  45. These are so pretty! My husband has mannish looking mug rugs and I would love to have a pretty one to use!

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  46. I don't know how you could give your pretty mug rugs away. I love the butterfly.

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  47. Love your creations. So pretty. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  48. Nice mugrugs, love the birdhouse!

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  49. Very cute mug rugs. I like the butterfly best, and the mug with the baby pic is adorable.

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  50. Beautiful mug rugs. I love embroidery lately and am looking for ideas on using the pieces I finish embroidering. Mug rugs! Thanks for sharing.

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  51. You did a nice job! Love the fabrics that you used and the embroidery! Nice job!
    Marisa.

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  52. Very pretty mug rugs. I love your embroidery!

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  53. Of course I'd love one of your mug rugs!!! The butterfly one is my favorite since I love butterflies. Love them!

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  54. These are so adorable! The little blue birdie on the birdhouse makes me smile... great job!

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  55. So cute! I love your embroidery work and the galoshes were so cute..you do such great work.

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  56. Oh I am in love with your cute mug rugs!!! And your stitcheries are adorable - love your choice of colors and fabrics :*) That butterfly would look lovely with a couple of my mugs *hint-hint* LOL!!! Thanks for sharing in the blog hop!

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  57. Your mug rugs are lovely, and your embroidery beautiful!

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  58. You did a great job on the mug rugs. The embroidery work is wonderful.
    I'd love a chance to win.

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  59. Such lovely stitchery and quilting! Thank you for sharing.

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  60. Oh what fun - I'm such a fan of the galoshes fabric... I should really get some one of these days!

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  61. You do wonderful stitching and your rugs are adorable. The charms really add something special. It's been rainy here (Iowa, USA)but that's OK since we've been in drought for the past year. Hope this moisture helps; the farmers and my garden needs it.

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  62. I love the embroidery! Thanks for the link!

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  63. Beautiful mug rugs. Thanks for sharing

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  64. Your mug rugs are fabulous! Your stitching is beautiful.

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  65. love the birdhouse on your mug rug

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  66. Sew Sweet! Love your embroidery! Your mug rugs are perfect for the April Showers we are having....Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

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  67. that rain boot fabric is sooo cute! LOVE the embroidery!

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  68. Your mug rugs are really cute thank you so much for sharing. Wonder what April Snow brings in May! Though it did rain a bit here today and then the sun came out!

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  69. How cute!!!!
    I love to do hand emb and machine emb and that is a great use of both!
    Great job!

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  70. Those are all sew cute! I have a mug rug, made on a hand crank sewing machine, next to my machine. I need to make more, in more colors, so that I can switch them out.

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  71. Your rugs are adorable! I love the idea of using a hand embrodidered block. You are so generous to be giving them away.

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  72. Very cute mug rugs. I really enjoy stitching so these rugs really 'speak to me' Thanks for the chance to win one. lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  73. just love this boots print. Thank's for sharing

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  74. I like the addition of embroidery to your mug rugs. They turned out great. Thanks for sharing.

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  75. Wow...really nice. The hand embroidery is awesome. Great idea and a great use of the squares.

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  76. I really like your embroidery on the mugrugs. Always the perfect touch.

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  77. Great job! Love your creative use of the cute boots fabric!

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  78. I love embroidery & quilting so your mug rugs are wonderful!
    itskarenk at yahoo dot com

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  79. I love your mug rugs. The embroidery is amazeing.. Very creative.

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  80. Adorable mug rugs! I love your embroidery.

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  81. Your stitchery is wonderful. Like the addition of the word charms.

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  82. I love the stitching! Thanks for sharing your work with us today.

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  83. What a great job you did! Your mug rugs are really sweet!

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  84. Love your lovely mug rugs, choice of colors, and design!! May April Showers bring you lots of May Blessings!!!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  85. Embroidery - ADORABLE - Love bird houses - beautiful!

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  86. How cute! I love the butterflies.

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  87. Those stitchery designs are perfect! I would love to have one of them in my home! ;)

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  88. Very creative. Thank you for sharing them with us. :)

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  89. Love the mug rugs, I would almost be afraid to use them they are so pretty.

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  90. lovely work thanks for sharing!!

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  91. So fun! I love your mug rugs...thanks for sharing them!

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  92. These are so very pretty! Lovely job!

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  93. Great job! Your embroidery stitches are lovely and I love the galoshes material. Thank you for sharing and for the chance to adopt one of your mug rugs.

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  94. So creative! Thanks for the giveaway..

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  95. love that butterfly!

    mindingmomma(at)aol(dot)com

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  96. Great use of the embroidery pieces. Thnx for sharing.

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  97. More mug rugs with combined media. I really love these and wish I could embroider better. Maybe I'll win one!

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  98. Thank you for sharing. Love the galoshes fabric and the embroidery too.

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  99. Very sweet. I love the embroidery on your mug rugs!

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  100. These are beautiful. Lovely stitching, pretty spring colors. Great idea to add the charms.
    Thanks for the link and the chance to win.

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  101. Absolutely beautiful, and I love that rain-boot fabric, it's perfect! You did a wonderful job - thank you so much for participating in the hop with us!

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  102. I really enjoy the stitching. I'm not so talented in that area, so I know it takes effort. Thanks for sharing your fun designs!

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  103. They are lovely - I love the hand stitching on them. Thanks for sharing.

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  104. Your stitchery mug rugs are very pretty! Thanks for the link.

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  105. Hi, I really like the embroidery on your mug rugs they are very cute. I would love to have one. Thanks for the giveaway.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  106. Your mug rugs are really sweet and how nice of you to offer them in your giveaway!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  107. Super job! I love the embroidery. They are all lovely.

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