Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April Showers Mug Rug Blog Hop


Welcome to the last day of the April Showers Blog Hop and welcome to my blog!  Hasn’t this blog hop been amazing? ….. So inspiring!  A big thank you to Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt and to our cheerleader, Erin, at Sew at Home Mummy 
The theme for the April Showers Mug Rug Blog Hop is anything you find inspiring for the month of April.  what do I think of when I think of April?  Rain. Rain. and even more Rain!  And Easter.  And flowers.  And warm weather – NO MORE COATS!!!!!  I always think of those cute little vintagey Easter chicks and ducks when I think of Easter.  So, I put on on my mug rug!
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I thought and thought long and hard about how to fashion my mug rug.  I looked at embroidery designs and vintage illustrations …… all kinds of things.  And I came up with absolutely NOTHING.  So, I turned to my stash of orphan quilting blocks and my scrap bin in hopes of cobbling something together.  I found the little 16 patch block in my baggie of orphan blocks and it looked promising …… blue, which I always think of April as being a ‘blue’ month.  And then the white fabric had little blue droplets on it ….. just like rain.  So I grabbed it up and decided to use it for one side of the mug rug.  All I needed to do was look for a little embroidery to go with it.  I found the little drawing of the chick, downsized it on my printer to the perfect size, and then spent a couple of hours with needle and thread embroidering it.  I added in some raindrops to make it more April like (at least in my mind it’s more April like).  A little border from the scrap bin, some rick rack edging for the ‘cute factor’, and there you have it.  My mug rug.  I hope you like it as much as I do!
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Thanks for stopping by my blog!  I hope you will come back and see me.  AND  don’t forget to visit the other bloggers on the April Showers Mug Rug Blog Hop!  Here’s a list of links :
Thursday April 18
Merry Gay @ Merry Gay in Stitches
Mary @ Sew Maybe I Can
Joanne @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Linda @ Buzzing and Bumbling
Mary @ NeedledMom
Sherry @ Peanuts Patchwork
Fredrika @ Feltfree på Åsly
Shauna @ Welcome to Shauna's World
Sharon @ Dancing thru Threads
Madame Samm @ !Sew WE Quilt!
Happy Hopping Everyone!
Merry Gay








71 comments:

  1. The soft blues and white are so complementary to the vintage embroidered chicken. You did a great job on it! Lovely piece that is sure to bring a smile as you use it.

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  2. Lovely mug rug - thanks for sharing.

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  3. Beautiful! The rick rack really adds a nice touch.

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  4. Very Beautiful. It looks very vintage. Thank yor for shareing it with us.

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  5. I have a secret obsession......rick rack.........I always purchase rick rack and have quite a collection but Never use it! After seeing your ADORABLE mug rug and your PERFECT use of Rick Rack I am going to pull mine out and experiment! Love the way it looks on your mug rug! Thanks for sharing! Beulah

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  6. Love your sweet little chick! The fabric and the ric rack make the mug rug just perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. This mug rug is so sweet. I love it. Did you find the pattern for the little chick online?

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  8. very cute embroidery! perfect for rainy day. thank's for sharing

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  9. I've never thought about April being a blue month, but yes, what you said makes total sense to me ! Your mug rug turned out very sweet and very Aprilly.

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  10. You made it....here and over there...well done very antique looking ...

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  11. Good Morning, Merry Gay.Your mug rug is sooo adorable. You definitely beat the cuteness factor.I really love the stitching that you did. It is very pretty and you did such a beautiful job. Thank you so much for sharing and getting my day off to a great start.

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  12. It is beautiful!!! And I love the ricrac border! Cute!

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  13. Your mug rug might be my favorite this hop!

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  14. My favorite - love your embroidery - amazing.

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  15. very nice job I love your mug rug

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  16. Your mug rug is just gorgeous! I love the embroidery!!! Perfect!

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  17. Fabulous - I love it!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  18. Great little chick. I like your mug rug.

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  19. I love your mug rug. I always have enjoyed embroidery but then what should I do with it? Yours is so cute and I love the rick rack trim. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Your mug rug is absolutely precious! I love the little chick that you embroidered--and the rick rack just brings it all together!

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  21. Love the embroidery and rick rack trim...gorgeous!!

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  22. Your mug rug is so pretty...to pretty to use! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. I love your endearing embroidery, how sweet! your fabric choise is super and the rick rack trim completes it all. A supersweet mug rug! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Oh...that is so sweet! I love the embroidery design and the lovely colors. The ric rac is perfect for the edging.

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  25. Your mug rug is so sweet. I like blue fabric and the chick is perfect. The rickrack really is a nice touch, but then I love using rickrack too, lol.

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  26. Love the stitchery on the mug rug. Very cute.

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  27. This is beautiful and I love the stitching. You sure our a talented lady. Thanks for sharing your creation with us today!

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  28. Your mug rugs are so cute and a lovely embroidery too. Thanks for sharing

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  29. This is a lovely mug rug. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to have to figure out how you add rick/rack to the edge of the mug rug. I really like that idea.

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  30. What a lovely mug rug. Love the stitching.
    Thanks for sharing
    Frederika

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  31. Lovely mug rug and fabulous stitching.

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  32. Love your little chick mug rug! The orphan block and rick rack, perfect! Thank you for sharing.

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  33. little chick looks so amazing!! beautiful blue fabric, and the embroidery! thank you for sharing! have a great day!

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  34. Your mug rug is gorgeous - the little chick is beautiful, the edging is such a nice touch!

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  35. Beautiful! I love the blues and the embroidery chick is adorable! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

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  36. Your mug rug is fabulous. Your stitching is perfect.

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  37. You mug rug is perfect! The embroidery design is lovely and so is your stitching. Beautiful work! :)

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  38. Your rug is so pretty! I love the stitching!

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  39. Madame Samm described them correctly--so delicate looking. Just lovely. Beautiful stitches.

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  40. Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing.

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  41. Just lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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  42. Great job!. Your embroidery work is awesome and the mug rug is very dainty looking. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. You clearly enjoyed these, it really shows. Beautiful!

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  44. Very Merry and beautiful! Great needle work as well. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring.

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  45. Lovely! Congrats on a top spot! Well deserved!

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  46. So very, very sweet. Great job. Thank you

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  47. It is lovely, thanks for sharing.

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  48. What a sweet little mug rug. Love the embroidery! Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Very nicely done! I like the ric rac edge and your cute embroidery.

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  50. I love your embroidery and the blue fabrics you used. The rick rack edging gives the perfect touch.

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  51. Your rug is just as sweet as can be; it has a vintage/heirloom look that I absolutely love. How nice to put that orphan block to such a good use.

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  52. Very cute, love the chick. great job.

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  53. So cute. I love the colors you used!

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  54. It is very cute I love the embroidery and the little chick is adorable.

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  55. Lovely mugrug, cute embroidery!

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  56. Beautiful! I love your raindrops...living in Oregon, April means rain here, too!

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  57. Absolutely gorgeous - thank you so much for sharing and for participating in the hop with us - I hope you had fun!

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  58. So pretty, elegant and dainty. I love it.

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  59. Very cute embroidery and lovely colours in your patchwork! It all comes together to make beautiful mug rugs. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. The embroidery is so cute. I love the way the ric-rac finishes the vintagey look. Thanks for sharing!

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  61. Very sweet. Your stitching is lovely. Congrats on being one of the chosen.

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