Sunday, 14 April 2013

April Showers Blog Hop



Today is my day on the April Showers Blog Hop.
The theme is a mug rug made with your interpretation of April Showers.
I decided to use a paper piece pattern that I found here.


I made two with one being reversed.

I then embroidered the words April Showers on some white fabric I had.



I then sewed the two umberella blocks either side.

I always remember the saying "april showers bring the flowers that bloom in may" so I decided to use some flower fabric as edging on my mug rug to remind me that this very wet April will bring the flowers soon.

I am hopeless at doing mitred binding, I really am so as this mug rug was for myself I decided to finish it off by zig-zag around the edges.

Here is the finished mug rug.

I am going to use this mug rug myself in the office as it will make my cardboard coffee cup (health and safety) look a little bit more cheerful.

A big thank you to Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt and also to Erin at Mummy Quilts for organising this great event.

Please check out the other blogs with their wonderful mug rugs today.  Hope you all have a great day.



MONDAY, APRIL 15th
Cathy @ Cate's Linens
Nicola @ Sunshine Reflections
Martina @ Sunshinequilting
Judith @ Frimart
Anita @ Anita's quilts en handwerken
Linda @ Sew Nicely
Kris @ krislovesfabric
Laura Ann @ The Fuzzy Hat Quilter
Carol @ Just let me Quilt
Selina @ Selina Quilts
Mary @ Crooked Gulley Art Quilts
Marisa @ Passion et Couture

86 comments:

  1. How cute! I love the umbrellas and even the rain drops. very clever.

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  2. Pretty! I like the way you stitched the raindrops and the umbrellas are so cute. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Very sweet and good for you in making it for yourself! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  4. Love your paper pieced umbrellas! Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Love the paper pieced umbrellas!

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  6. so cute Linda,well done on your beautiful finish.xx

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  7. Love your umbrellas! Thank you for sharing. :)

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  8. Cute little mug rug! Love your umbrellas!

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  9. Cute little umbrellas and such pretty flower fabric make for a sweet mug rug!

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  10. So lovely! Love the flowersfabric and the umbrellas look really cute!

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  11. What a lovely mug rug. I love the fabric.

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  12. Very cute mug rug Linda :)

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  13. Its great - thanks for sharing.

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  14. Lovely umbrellas, thanks for sharing!

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  15. Well done what a wonderful mug rug! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I like your cute mug rug, it will brighten up your day at work, it will give you a homy feeling enjoying your coffee!

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  17. Your mug rug is so charming. Thanks for sharing

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  18. Nice job. I love paper piecing and yous is wonderful. Love the flower border.

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  19. Great job Linda, very nice umbrella's....have a super day!

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  20. Great mug rug!
    I could have done with an umbrella at the weekend - watching my youngest son play rugby and getting soaked!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Love your umbrellas - thanks for sharing.

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  22. Your mug rug is wonderful. I love the color choices!!

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  23. Very cute, love the paper pieced umbrellas, very nicely done!

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  24. oh the binding, i know how you feel!!! it's quite nice the zig zag pattern though!!! very pretty umbrellas and love the flower prints as well!! nicely done!!

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  25. Very nice! Thanks for sharing - love the paper pieced umbrellas.

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  26. I like the reversed umbrellas, facing each other. This will certainly dress up your paper cups!

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  27. It is very sweet....lots of nice detail...great job

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  28. Your mug rug is so delicate, I love it! I like the colors and the hand embroidery is beautiful!
    What a beautiful job!
    Marisa.

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  29. Cute umbrellas! I wish I had a little girl to sew for...I would create a border of these to go on a dress! Very cute! And your fabric borders are just singing in those spring rain showers! Thanks for sharing! Beulah

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  30. Your cardboard cup will love your mat! Your did a great job and I think your work is beautiful!

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  31. Great job. Thanks for sharing
    Frederika

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  32. Those are great little umbrellas. Have you ever tried rounding your corners and sewing on a bias binding? You wouldn't have to miter the corners then. Might be easier for you to sew too. Sometimes I make quilts with rounded corners because it looks nice.

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  33. I like what you did for for the binding Linda, great job !

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  34. Ah man wish I had that Paper Pieced pattern before, come see my umbrella paper pieced mistake on Wednesday at grecomara, you'll laugh, great job, a very cute mug rug.

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  35. It`s gorgeous.Great job with those little paper piecing patterns.Thanks for sharing!!

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  36. Very Nice. I hate doing binding, I have a really good friend who does all my bindings for me!

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  37. Love these small quilts as you can try new techniques. So cute. It will brighten your desk. You will smile each time you see.

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  38. Your paper pieced umbrellas look so nice, especially with the touches of embroidered raindrops you added. And I love the floral fabric that you bordered them with! Well done!

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  39. Definitely will cheer up your cardboard cup - very nice.

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  40. How cute! I know you'll enjoy your cheerful little mug rug!

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  41. I am such a sucker for pp....wonderful little mug rug...

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  42. Lovely mug rug. I love the embroidered rain drops and the floral fabric you chose to accent those cute umbrellas. It would be easier to miter binding on a full size quilt than something this small---ask me how I know! They use zig zag stitching on quilted postcards so it will work fine for this office brightener too!

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  43. Well done umbrellas and embroidery.

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  44. I love your umbrellas! Great job!

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  45. I like those pieced umbrellas and the stitched raindrops are very cute.

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  46. Great job! I love the umbrellas and the stitching. Thank you for sharing today.

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  47. Very nice, Linda. Those umbrellas are great and the extra embroidery is such a lovely addition.

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  48. Like that paper piecing. Great idea for a small image.

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  49. So pretty Linda...love the stitching!

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  50. What a great way to bring some April cheer! I love the embroidery that you did.

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  51. Lovely mug rug. Love your umbrellas and the stitching!

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  52. Beautiful mug, Linda! It will be nice to have something so pretty on your desk!

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  53. Very nice design. Love the embroidery!

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  54. What a lovely way to decorate your desk!

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  55. I love seeing paper pieced ideas. Cute mug rug.

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  56. Lovely mug rug. I've never done paper piecing.

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  57. So cute. I love the added details of the embroidery.

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  58. Such lovely paper pieced umbrellas. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. so cute thanks for sharing!!

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  60. Nice hand stitching--sew cute mug rug.

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  61. I like the umbrellas; I really do need to try paper piecing. Thanks for sharing

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  62. Your mugrug look great. Thanks for sharing.

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  63. Great job! I know that will brighten up your office!

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  64. So cute and tiny. I love the umbrellas.

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  65. Don't give up on the binding! Mug rugs are a great way to practice. Love your little mug rug!

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  66. Your paper pieced umbrella's are sew cute.

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  67. You did a fine job! I love the paper pieced technique. Thanks for sharing.

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  68. Beautiful piecing on your mug rugs...love it!

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  69. I like how you have the 2 umbrella's opposite each other.

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  70. Your mug rug is awesome! Great job on the paper pieced umbrella's! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

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  71. How creative with the paper pieceing. It seems to be all the rage these days.

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  72. So pretty! It will definitely brighten your days...

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  73. Cute design! It will be nice at your desk.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  74. Cute mug rug. Thanks for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

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  75. Very good work. Lovely! Your design worked out perfectly! Thanks for sharing.

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  76. Lovely - your stitching is beautiful! Thank you for hopping with us!

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  77. Your stitching is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

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