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Apr 12, 2013

April Showers Mug Rug


Yeeeeeha! It's Day 5 of the Hop!

Madame Samm (the inspiration behind it all) and Erin (the head cheerleader) are hosting a fantastic Mug Rug - April Showers Blog Hop!
 Many thanks to them for inviting me to join in all the fun!!
Hip, Hip Hooray!

International viewers, bloggers, "Followers" and the Internet world are welcome here!


 
Make sure to click on the following blogs to see what others are doing & giving away today!!



http://www.fromthistothatbybobbalou.blogspot.com/ = Bobbie
http://lesquilts.blogspot.com/ = Leslie
http://meadowbrook-kristen.blogspot.com/ = Kristen
http://zellerwear.blogspot.com/ = Lavonna
http://www.thimblemouseandspouse.blogspot.com/ = Lynn
http://www.sewincrediblycrazy.blogspot.com/ = Amy
http://livinglife-martha.blogspot.com/ = Martha
http://creativeinspiraciones.blogspot.com/ = Shawn
http://www.quiltingadventuresofagingerblogspot.com/ = Toye
http://ravelly1-quiltzblog.blogspot.com/ = Ravelly1 Rhonda (you're here at my blog)

Oh boy, oh boy, it's my turn for April Showers Mug Rug Hop and boy do I have loads of things to show, tell and give away.

First....
Let me show you how I make my mug rugs.....

My concept , the word Spring, for example.
 I found a font that I liked, printed it off, placed it on my light-box face down and traced the letter onto my favorite adhesive - Steam-a-Seam. BTW, I should buy stock in that adhesive, I use so much.

I have chosen six springy fabrics to press the letter onto the wrong side.

After cutting letter out, I chose a beige background that will show off the feeling of spring.

These needles are the best, I've found, for narrowly stitching around the edge of the letters. I have the needles in bulk.....LOL

This is an open-footed foot and I've moved the needle to the far right. I love this foot because it allow me to see where I sewing.

Now I stitch the letters down about a sixteenth of an inch or less from the edge.

Letters are now sewn down, the backing is a floral red and I've pinned everything so it's ready to meander around.

All sewn, meandered and trimmed
 
Next comes the binding. I'm doing the binding in the background red floral...very smart on my part because I'm not so good with this part. Sometimes I do use fabrics like muslin as a backing.

I usually hand hem the binding but on occasion I machine stitch it.
All finished!!!

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Secondly......
As a big thank you for stopping by,
here's what's in my first 
give-away package.....
Yes there are 2 give-aways in my hop!
 
This mug rug is just waiting for a hot cup of coffee or tea or a glass of your favorite beverage to shade it from all those April Showers.
I love the green/blue/red/yellow fabric I used. It reminds me of "SPRING" one of my favorite seasons.
This Tea-towel is included in this give away. It will look great in the kitchen. I used the same fabric and notice that it matches the strips of the Tea-towel. That just happened, I really didn't plan it.
 
  Still more goodies .........
 
This is a great book to add to your library. Nancy Zieman walks you through several fun and decorative projects to dress up or brighten a room.

See that blue container....there's a little something extra for one luck commenter. Also, I've added some plastic bags. These are always welcome when on retreat,
at a sew-in or to use in your sewing area.

A great little stress ball or hand exerciser to squeeze. It's so soft, can't you just see
how soft it is..... ;-}
 
And finally in this photo are
twenty 10 inch blocks
 and
 twenty 5 inch blocks of fabrics.
These wonderful fabrics are just waiting to be loved and used in someone's project!!
To receive all the wonderful items just leave a comment & Mr. Random will do all the work.
 By the way, I'd love for  you to become a "FOLLOWER,"
& stick around for all the "whacky" fun and happenings at Ravelly1. You would
certainly brighten my life 
but
 it is not a requirement.
 
International viewers are welcome to participate in the give away.
I'll announce the winner on April 13th after Mr. Random picks a number.
 
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 And Third............
 
Remember this little mug rug???
Well, this is my second  smaller give away.
It needs a home to brighten someone's coffee/tea/beverage time.
I will be using Mr. Random to pick another number from the commenters.
I'll announce the winner on April 13th, as well.
 
 
Remember you're visiting Ravelly1 - Rhonda
Visit anytime to read about my "whacky" world of fabric, BOM, quilt blocks, farm animals and life in general!!
 
 
 
 This LINK gives you a full listing for all the April Showers Mug Rug Hop participants!
Hooray and a big Whoop!

124 comments:

Patty C. said...

Waaaaa- love your mug rugs & great giveaways!

Lavonna ZWB said...

So very creative. Thank you for sharing with us.

Martina said...

Very lovely!

feltfree på Åsly said...

very love. great job.
Thanks for sharing. Frederika

Amy said...

Love your Sring mug rug! The colors are beautiful and so is the quilting!

Karen said...

What a great giveaway! It would be such fun to win. Thanks for the opportunity. Love the Spring mug rug.

AnitaS said...

The mug rugs are so lovely.

Nati said...

Very cute mug rug. I have an open foot but never use it, now I think I may give it a try, thanks for sharing!

Jo C. said...

I really need to make some mug rugs. Haven't done any but they are so dang cute!
boppiesgirl at gmail dot com

Anita said...

Lovely mug rugs, and a great giveaway!

charlotte said...

Lovely. I especially like your SPRING mug rug. Wonderful job.

Madame Samm said...

what a delight your spring creativity brought to the table...love your curvy umbrella handle...very cool...a perfect spot for a cup of joe...

Fiesta said...

Rhonda your mug rugs are delightful but then your work is always delightful. Thank you for participating in the hop.

Liz - Moments said...

WHat a great Mug rug and a fabulous Giveaway.
Please toss my name into the hat ... ( I'm curious whats in the little blue box ???

Candace said...

Great mug rug and helpful hints. Spring is in the air.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Lovely mug rug! I follow on pinterest. Great blog

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

Thank you for showing how you make your mug rugs. I wish we had spring here, today it is thick fog.

newsurfiegirl said...

Thanks for sharing how you made your lovely mug rug. It certainly says spring to me!

Gene Black said...

Rhonda, thanks for sharing your process. And thanks for the lovely giveaway. Some lucky winners are going to be very happy.

Gwen said...

I really like how you made your "Spring" letters and mug rug. That Steam-a-seam really is great stuff!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Lovely pieces...and thanks for the needle tip. Have to get some of those ones now. I love your mug rug

Sue said...

Your Spring mug rug is wonderful! So are your great giveaways! Thank you so much for participating!

Marla's Crafts said...

Very nice and love the mug rugs. Thanks for having a give away and I will be joining.

Patty D from NC said...

thanks for sharing - fun stuff.

Linda said...

Great job! Your projects are so pretty!

Thearica said...

Your Spring mug rug is fantastic! The work on it is really rocking the house! and you are so generous in your giveaway! Thank you!

ga447 said...

Love Love your giveaway. Spring has not reached us in the Midwest yet. We had snow.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your Spring mug mug is so pretty and wonderfully constructed! And you are so generous in your giveaways!

Jeanie said...

Your mug rugs are wonderful and so is your giveaway! Thanks for sharing it all!

krislovesfabric said...

Love that Spring mug rug...gorgeous colors!

Carol said...

Love the Spring mug rug! Your letters look so perfect and the color choices are so cheery looking. Thanks for hopping with us!

Sowing Stitches said...

I've had such a wonderful visit at 'your place' this morning! Fabulous inspiration on the rainy Friday, thanks for sharing!!! Happy Hopping! Beulah

Sharon said...

They are all awesome and yes I can see me sitting a sweet tea which is my favorite living here in TN, right there. Youa re very creative and have a great blog. Thanks for sharing.

Juanita said...

I love your site! I have an RSS feed to my work email. Shhhhh...tee hee.

Thank you for the tutorial on mug rugs and the giveaway. I wish I was participating in the mug rug blog hop as I now know what I am going to do with all the paper pieced 4" blocks I made years ago. :)

KatheG said...

Love your mug rug and such a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Dee said...

I feel like the bent umbrella today:) I love words, so your spring rug is way adorable - thanks for the tutorial.

Leanne Parsons said...

Beautiful job! Your mug rugs are so bright and cheerful! Thanks for the giveaway too.

Just Quilt It said...

Great mug rug, and thanks for the tutorial. Why haven't I thought of moving my needle to the right to applique? Great hint! Also, the giveaway is fantastic. I am a new follower.

Gari in AL said...

Wow, what a great selection of giveaway gifts. And mug rugs are always welcome in this house.

Mystica said...

What fabulous giveaways. I'd love to win fabric as that is something not easy to find precut in my part of the world.

mystica123athotmaildotcom

Quilter Kathy said...

Great tutorial and fantastic prizes....so much inspiration!

Julie said...

so cute!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I love your mug rug and thank you for sharing how you did it! I've not done much applique so appreciate your advice. Great giveaways too!

Rosa said...

Thanks for the tutorial and your mug rugs are beautiful!

Joyce Carter said...

I love your mug rug. It just says "Spring".LOL Very cheerful. Thank you so much for sharing today and for a great giveaway.

Margaret said...

Love the mug rug. Thought it was spring here in Michigan. We had rain for five days straight and then yesterday ice and sleet and snow all last night. I hope it goes away soon. Your mug rug would sure brighten up my gloomy forecast.

Nellie Duclos said...

Rhonda-I love your 'Spring' mug rug. Pardon me for asking, but where did you find that font? I've been looking for something just like that to make a pillow for a friend. And how do you make it big? I'll bet it requires some fancy program to make. From California, thanks for sharing.

patchouli moon studio said...

Such a pretty mug rug and cheerful colors too.

Margie said...

Rhonda, Am lovin this blog hop. I didn't enter this but enjoy looking at all the mug rugs and the ideas are getting to be to many. All the pretty colors on yours make me smile. Thanks!!!

Mary said...

Love your mug rugs. Congratulations on being in the top ones for today!

Beth said...

Great mug rugs. Thank you for sharing how you did that. This blog hop has been very inspirational. I really need to make one of these. Thanks for sharing & for the chance to win a fabulous prize.

Angie said...

Totally LOVE your Spring mug rug. :)

Vivian said...

Very cute! What a great giveaway.

Joanne said...

These are wonderful and thanks for the tutorial! I especially like the rug that is waiting for a mug to shield it fun the rain. How creative!! You sure are generous with your giveaways. Thanks!

Donna Joy said...

Wonderful, thanks for sharing that tip on needles. Can't wait to sew my own mug rug, thanks for the giveaway.
Now I am going to follow you.

Tammy said...

I am allready a follower of your blog via bloglovin. I love teh new mug rugs you did for this hop. And a giveaway to boot. You are a generous soul.

Lisa said...

Love your mug rugs!! What a giveaway, I would love to be the winner of this one!!
lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

Patty said...

What GREAT mug rugs. I LOVE these. And I went snooping on your blog, you make a LOT of pretty things. You have a new follower. And thanks for the great giveaways.

Judy B said...

What a cute Spring mug rug, so bright and cheery! Thank you for sharing.

Theresa said...

Love your mug rugs, very Spring'y!

Kathy L said...

I love all of your mug rugs. What a fantastic giveaway. Hope I win.

Britt-Inger said...

I love your love rugs and thanks for a great give away

lesthook said...

I think I am going to try mug rugs! Thanks for the tute.

Heidi said...

I will pick up a pack of 75's, thanks for the tips! Love your mug rugs!!

Gill said...

You know I love your mug rugs Rhonda!
Thank you for a fabulous giveaway!

BizyStitches said...

I'm so glad you shared in the blog hop. Love your projects. You have a wonderful giveaway as well. I enjoyed reading your blog.

Newbie Jen said...

Great mug rugs and tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

Quilter said...

Your mug rug is sew cute.

Stitches said...

You are a most generous person, I would love to win one of your give aways!! Love the wonderful mug rugs and all the rest of your things. Your BOM are the greatest too!!

dolls5000a said...

Lovely mugs, I've become a follower so taht I can come back later and look at your older posts
Debbie

Cecilia said...

Your rugs are so cute and the umbrella is very creative. Thank you for sharing and for the great giveaway. I've decided to become a follower and see all of the wonderful things you are making.

apple blossom said...

lovely giveaways thanks

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh your curvy umbrella looks like my poor one in the car - had a bit of an accident let's day. I think these are just adorable and thank you for sharing with us today.

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

What fun rug mugs you created! Thanks for the chance to win a nice giveaway..

Cathi said...

Such fabulous mug rugs and very generous giveaways!

Linda J said...

Lovely mug rugs. I am going to have to explore the font thing if I am going to whip one that I have in mind for my husband. Either that or foundation piece the letters I want to use. THX for the tutorial and the chance at your most generous giveaway. Have a lovely day!

mindingmomma said...

I follow you on bloglovin'. Cute mug rug for spring.

mindingmomma(at)aol(dot)com

slacker said...

Spring is sprung indeed with this bloghop! Thanks for sharing!

Denise said...

Love your mug rugs and the SPRING one is my favorite. Thank you for the little tutorial on the applique. I'm just learning how to do that and need all the help I can get! ha!
Thank you for the giveaway too!

NotionNanny said...

I love your spring Mug Rug. In Fact I love it so much I might make one for myself. It is adorable. Thanks for sharing

Cathy said...

Your umbrella is something else! I love that quirky handle. It is fabulous! Thanks for a great giveaway!

Pauline said...

What a darling mug rugs! Thanks for the tutorial and sharing your creations with us.

Marisa Garcia said...

Your mug rugs are sooooo beautiful, thank you for the tutorial! Also thank you for hosting a giveaway!!!!
I just discovered your blog through this blog hop and now I'm following you via GFC, my day to participate in this blog hop is on April 15, hope you will visite me, nice to meet you!
Marisa from
http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

Kathy H said...

All of your mug rugs are so sweet and definitely cheery for a wonderful spring. Thanks for sharing, great inspiration. The curvy umbrella certainly made me smile today.

jmniffer said...

Your mug rugs are wonderful! I learned some machine applique tips too. Just in time as I will be appliquing stems to leaves on a quilt in the near future. Thanks for sharing.

LJ said...

You made "Spring" so springy with those letters all made in different fabrics; I love that. Great rugs!

karen k said...

Great mug rugs! And thanks for the tutorial. Good to know about that adhesive backing. And needles. Thanks for the chance at your give away! :) itskarenk at yahoo dot com

Mara said...

I love the way the umbrella handle will wrap around a mug, brilliant idea, such cute mug rugs.

Lou said...

Love the handle design that will wrap around the mug:) Great idea!!!!

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Fun mug rugs!,,

Barb66 said...

Very cute mug rugs, very generous blogger. Thank you.

Mimi said...

Awesome mug rugs!!! You are very creative with great ideas! Thanks for sharing in the hop!

lefuntz said...

Sew now we even get to see how you make all of your fabulous mug rugs, Thanks for the tutorial. I hope lots of hoppers become followers too!

Janet said...

Lovely mug rug! Your letters are so perfectly formed and neat. Wonderful giveaway too!

JustPam said...

I am a new follower on bloglovin. I love you mug rugs!

Sewconsult said...

I love the umbrella for the mug! It took me a few seconds to realize why it was crooked. Perfect & so creative.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Jacque said...

So glad I found your blog....lovely Spring mug rug. Thanks for the clear instructions on how you complete your applique! Great job on all of your projects...following now to see your "whacky" projects!

DeAnna S. said...

Absolutely great mug rugs! They are awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

Toye said...

What wonderful mug rugs. I am so impressed. Have a great weekend!

This Dog's Mom said...

I love your springy fabric and your fun umbrella! Thanks so much for brightening my day with the wonderful eye candy on your blog!

Ellen said...

thanks for sharing your mug rugs. They are really cute. Also thanks for the tutorial on how you sewed the letters down, will have to try it.

Sewgirl said...

Such a fun handle on your umbrella. Very creative. And the Spring mug rug is beautiful. Nice job. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

Sewgirl said...

I am a follower!

Susan said...

Love your mug rugs!

Cindy said...

Love your mug rugs, the spring one is wonderful! Wish spring would arrive to minnesota, it's snowing again!

Truffle queen said...

I thought Christmas was a few months back - but your giveaway makes me think I'm wrong! Love your mug rugs! Thanks for the tut!! and thanks for the chance to win all the goodies! I'm now a follower and look forward to reading your blog!!

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Beautiful beautiful! You did a wonderful job capturing the essence of Spring! Thanks for participating in the hop with us!

Bonnie58 said...

Wow, Love the mugrugs and tea towel. They are great. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on your super draw
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Cher said...

what a great mug rug - thanks for all the instructions of how you made it!
I figure being so far down the list of comments, it is doubtful I will be a winner, but ...delightful to discover your fun blog...thanks for being part of this blog hop

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

Love that Spring mug rug. The colors are so simple and scrappy-looking. Generous give-aways, too. Thanks!

Aletta said...

Both mug rugs are so pretty! Thank you for sharing.

JD said...

Love your mug rug. I keep meaning to make one for me and my good friend.

Rhonda said...

Susan Newsom left a warm comment and if following via email.

Emily C said...

Great giveaways. Love the pretty spring letters.

Karen O said...

I love your Spring mug rug. The fabrics are so pretty.

Catskill Quilter said...

Love the Spring mug rug!

Sunshine Girl said...

Great mug rugs - I love the colours you have used. Thanks for sharing.

KT said...

Wow you are so generous! I am loving this hop! Finding so many good new blogs.

shawn said...

Wow, love your mug rugs and tea towel they are so cute and bright and cheery. Thank you for such an awesome giveaway you must be a very giving person!
smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

I just love your spring mugrug, wonderful!

evelyn said...

Love your colourful Spring mug rug. Good idea to match binding the background, I must remember that.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Wonderful mug rugs. Thanks for the tut. I learn so much from hops! Congrats on being one of the chosen. Thanks for the chance to win.

Gina said...

Rhonda, fantastic mug rugs! I love the quilting on the Spring Mug rug and the umbrella is fabulous! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely work thanks for sharing!

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