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:

Judy B said...

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

Gina said...

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!

Theresa said...

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

Amy said...

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

Patty C. said...

Wonderful work!

Nati said...

Nice stitching, love the wellies fabric!

Debbie said...

Very cheery mug rugs!

Lesley said...

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

feltfree på Åsly said...

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

AnitaS said...

Lovely stitchery on you mug rugs. I like them.

Mara said...

Beautiful embroidery and I like your added charms.

Britt-Inger said...

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

newsurfiegirl said...

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

Pauline said...

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

charlotte said...

Sew very cute. Lovely job on the stitching.

Martina said...

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

Debby said...

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

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Both mug rugs are great. Nice stitching.

Thearica said...

Gorgeous embroidery just adds to your mug rugs.

Sharon said...

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

Stitches said...

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

Gill said...

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

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

I love your embroidery, great job!

Cathy said...

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

Pam said...

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.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

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

Linda J said...

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.

Jeanie said...

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

Candace said...

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.

Sowing Stitches said...

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

Stitched With Prayer said...

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...

Madame Samm said...

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

Julie said...

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

krislovesfabric said...

Love your embellishments and the embroidery is gorgeous!

Patty D from NC said...

i like the birdhouse! thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

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

Gwen said...

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!

Bonnie58 said...

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

Needled Mom said...

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

Vickie said...

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

Lisa said...

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

Just Quilt It said...

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.

patchouli moon studio said...

Nicely done.

Joyce Carter said...

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.

Patty said...

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

Cher said...

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!

Deanna W said...

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!

BizyStitches said...

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

Beth said...

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

Missy Shay said...

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

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

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

Kathy L said...

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

Corina said...

Nice mugrugs, love the birdhouse!

Newbie Jen said...

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

Kathy H said...

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

Marisa Garcia said...

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

Kathy MacKie said...

Count me in!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Very pretty mug rugs. I love your embroidery!

Kathy ~~~ said...

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

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

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

Linda said...

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

Teresa in Music City said...

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!

Sarah said...

Your mug rugs are lovely, and your embroidery beautiful!

Rhonda said...

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

Susan said...

Such lovely stitchery and quilting! Thank you for sharing.

Laurel said...

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

LJ said...

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.

lefuntz said...

I love the embroidery! Thanks for the link!

NotionNanny said...

Beautiful mug rugs. Thanks for sharing

Cathi said...

Your mug rugs are fabulous! Your stitching is beautiful.

apple blossom said...

love the birdhouse on your mug rug

Judith said...

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

slacker said...

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

Patti said...

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!

Lou said...

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

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

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.

Barb66 said...

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

linny said...

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

Cliodana said...

just love this boots print. Thank's for sharing

jmniffer said...

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

DeAnna S. said...

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

lauraluvsloons said...

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

Jacque said...

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

karen k said...

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

Tammy said...

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

Janarama said...

Adorable mug rugs! I love your embroidery.

tink's mom said...

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

Joanne said...

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

Linda said...

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

Gmama Jane said...

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

Dee said...

Embroidery - ADORABLE - Love bird houses - beautiful!

Emily C said...

How cute! I love the butterflies.

Karen O said...

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

Lavonna ZWB said...

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

brenda said...

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

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely work thanks for sharing!!

Mystica said...

Love the embroidery.

Beth Strand said...

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

giddy99 said...

These are so very pretty! Lovely job!

Cecilia said...

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.

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

So creative! Thanks for the giveaway..

mindingmomma said...

love that butterfly!

mindingmomma(at)aol(dot)com

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Great use of the embroidery pieces. Thnx for sharing.

JustPam said...

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

Ellen said...

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

Sewgirl said...

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

Sis-O said...

Lovely...

Cindy said...

Beautiful stitching!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

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

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

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!

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

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!

Sunshine Girl said...

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

MoeWest said...

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

shawn said...

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

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

-beautiful mugrugs, love them ☺

nicolesender said...

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

Simone said...

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