Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April Showers Blog Hop!


Hello beautiful people and Welcome to day three of the April Showers Mug Rug Blog Hop and Welcome to my Blog!



"April Showers" usually means rainy weather, which brings lots of pretty flowers and Spring! Spring is also when we start loading our trailer and heading out of town to go camping! Yay!



I've never done a blog hop before but my good friends Amy, Karen and Regena were participating and twisted my arm to join them, so here I am! They are also posting their lovely creations today so be sure to hop on over to their blogs and look at their awesome creations!

What is a MUG RUG? It's a mug for your cup of coffee, tea or other beverage, and maybe a snack or a few cookies. It's smaller than a placemat but larger than a coaster. Or even a mini quilt! They are fun and fast to create. My sister Debra thinks I should make her one for every holiday and season...me thinks maybe she needs to learn to quilt..... :o)

I've struggled lately with my creative sewing mojo (sew-jo), but this hop has helped and it sure felt good to be back at my sewing machine. So good in fact that I created not one, but three mug rugs! I had a few ideas rattling around in my head and I just couldn't decide between the three of them so I did them all!



The first one I LOVE! I won a charm pack of these yummy, bright charm squares from Nadine. The fabrics are mostly Michael Miller fabric - The Gypsy Bandana and Lush and Picnic ginghams and Bella Flora by Studio. They are happy and cheerful and remind me of Spring and the flowers in my yard - Impatiens, Geraniums and Hydrangea!


I am also in love with the Dresden so I decided to combine the two and made a happy Dresden flower! I stitched-in-the-ditch between the blades on black wool felt and black/white polka dot fabric and then used pinking sheers to cut away from the edge.  I love the way it turned out! It's a little bigger than a normal mug rug, but it will look great on my desk at work and it makes me happy!


My 2nd mug rug is made from scraps of "Happy Go Lucky." I used this tutorial from Jenna at Sew Happy Geek. I really like the way it turned out. They say "April Showers Bring May Flowers" and I think the blues in the fabric could be the "showers" bringing out out the "flowers" of coral, light blue and green. I quilted it following the lines of the zig-zags.



And my favorite is this one I made for our trailer! I am so happy with the way it turned out. I didn't have a pattern, just played around with it and I think it's adorable.  The red and white gingham match the tablecloth we use when we are camping and the Martians in the door and window just make me giggle! My husband said "I've never seen a flowered trailer before." Haha! I haven't either but I think it would be adorable!


It was great to feel creative again.  Now to clean up the mess that I made during this project and get crackin' at the other projects that need to be finished!



Be sure to visit the other awesome blogs today. Thank you to Erin at Sew at Home Mummy and Madame Samm for all the hard work they did organizing this Blog Hop!

Happy Sewing!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10th
Hayley @ Mrs. Pickles
Karen @ Sew Much 2 Luv
Mélanie @ Les passions de Cliodana
Cindy @ Quilt Doodle Doodles
Jamie @ Busy Bee Quilts
Regena @ The Distracted Domestic
Amy @ Domesticity and other Ponderous Things
Denise @ My Whittle Adventures
Heather @ a Reformed Heath'n
Marica @ ~Englating

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    1. thank you for your lovely comments and visiting my blog today!

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  2. These are all beautiful but I think the Dresden is my favorite. Besides the beautiful colors, I just love the black polka dot binding! Thanks for sharing your creations with us today. :-)

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    1. Thank you for visiting and your lovely comments. I really like the how the dresden came out too.

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  3. They are all so pretty, but I love your trailer too! How clever of you!

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    1. Thank you! I really am happy how the trailer rug turned out!

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  4. I'm so glad your friends got you hopping with us because your mug rugs are just so fun...love that trailer! All three of them are very cute. :O)

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    1. Thank you and I'm happy too! I am feeling pretty creative again!

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  5. All of your mug rugs are just terrific, but I love the trailer. I also think the Dresden is so pretty. How cheery it would be to place your drink on those each morning.

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    1. Thank you for visiting and your kind comments. I'm not really a "pink" girl but I really like the way the dresden turned out too!

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  6. Just love them all especially the dresden. It's so bright and cheerful. And I like the martians too ;)

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments. I couldn't resist adding the martians! haha!

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  7. This is a great way to start blog hopping! Your whimsical mug rugs are a delight...I'm glad your friends were able to twist your arm and drag you along. Happy Hopping! :) Beulah

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    1. I'm happy too. It felt good to be creative again! Thanks for visiting today!

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  8. Great job on all of them, especially the Dresden flower!

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  9. I love them all, but my favorite is the Dresden flower. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you and I think the dresden is everyone's favorite today! It is so happy!

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  10. OH WOW! Your ARE one creative lady. They are all very pretty, but I love the Dresden Plate. Very nice! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Awww...thank you for your kindness! It's fun to be creative again! Thanks for visiting my blog today!

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  11. Ohhh such lovely mug rugs..so lovely in fact....you made it to ...well go see over there.....glad we waited for you....they are allllll darling

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments and your help this morning and for voting for me for one of the Top Two! How exciting is that! Thank you! It's been fun!

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  12. Love all of your mug rugs, especially the little trailer. So cute! And binding that dresden had to take some time...it looks perfect!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and for visiting today. The "binding" on the dresden isn't actually binding. I stitched the dresden and black/white dot fabric to black wool felt and just trimmed with my pinking shears! easy peasy!

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  13. Oh my goodness, you have created such beautiful mug rugs!!! I love the trailer you made--it is so creative and cute!!! And I love the second one too...I'm making a quilt with Happy Go Lucky right now and I wish the yardage was available already. It is a lovely fabric line. Have a great day!

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    1. Isn't Happy Go Lucky a fun fabric line?! Would love to see your finished quilt. I love the trailer one too and will probably use it as a mini quilt. Thank you for your kind words and for visiting today!

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  14. post was worth waiting for----I can see how these selections would bring a smile to your face as they sure did mine! Think your husband would go for a flowered trailer in real life?

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    1. Thank you! I am still new at scheduling a post and hadn't hit "publish." ha!
      As for a flowered trailer for my husband - I don't think he'd care as long as we were away and camping and fishing! Thank you for visiting today!

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  15. Your mug rugs are very creative, well done!

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  16. Wow, you were prolific! I LOVE the Dresden mug rug, and the trailer -- oh, so cute! Congrats!

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    1. Oh thank you for your kind words! I love the dresden too. It's so cheerful. And thank you for becoming a follower!

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  17. Three great mug rugs - I love them all!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  18. I love all three! The Martians in the trailer are super whimsical but I love the colours in your Dresden flower.

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    1. Aren't the martians a hoot! I loved them and knew they would be perfect in the trailer. Thank you for your kind words and visiting today!

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  19. Wholy Cakeballs Denise!!! Too stinkin cute!!!! Congrats on Top 2 this morning!

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    1. Ha! Thanks Karen! I had fun with them. And congratulations to you as well! It's fun to share the spotlight with a sewnista like you!

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  20. Totally awesome job on the camper and I just love your dresden flower, the way you quilted it and the binding, wow, really amazing job.

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    1. Thank you Mara! I had fun with the camper and loved the way it turned out. Everyone loves the dresden! It's so bright and happy! Thanks for visiting today!

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  21. What fun projects! Your friends should twisy your arm more often :)

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    1. Ha! I'm glad they did too! Thank you for your kinds words!

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  22. those are totally fab! love the trailer. congrats on top two!

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    1. Thanks my friend! I love how the trailer turned out too!

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  23. LOVE! that trailer! youare so talented Denise! You know I love that dresden too!

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    1. Thank you Amy! Every time I do a dresden I think of you!

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  24. I love that Dresden too! I love pink and the black makes it pop. It's beautiful.The other 2 are great too.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and your wonderful comments! I'm not a "pink" girl and I really am happy with the way it turned out too!

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  25. Super cute, don't you love that Happy Go Lucky fabric!! The trailer is very fun !

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    1. Thank you! Yes the fabric is wonderful! I can't wait to get more of it. and thank you for your kind comments!

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  26. Love all your mug rugs, but my favorites are the Dresden and the trailer! Too cute!

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    1. Thank you! The trailer is my favorite too!

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  27. Pretty dresden and super cute camper mug rug! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. The cute camper is adorable, it made me grinn aswel, you made some great mug rugs, bright colored! They all give the idea of spring! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Awww...thank you! I love the trailer too. Don't know if I want to use it and risk getting it dirty! Thank you for visiting today!

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  29. Your dresden is so bright and cherry it just says spring and your camper put a big smile on my face.

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  30. WOW You certainly are very creative! I love all of your mug rugs. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments and for visitig today! I had fun with the hop!

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  31. All are so creative, but my favorite is the dresden one!

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    1. Thank you! I like the dresden one too and I'm not a "pink" girl either!

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  32. great mug rugs - thanks for sharing. my fav is the dresden one!

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  33. All 3 are great! I am impressed with the Dresden binding!!! WOW!

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    1. Thank you Lou for your comments! I had fun creating them too!

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  34. I like all 3 rugs. The Dresdan is my favorite, Ialso like your camper. Great job.

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    1. Thank you! They were all fun to create and the trailer is my favorite!

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  35. What cute mug rugs! The trailer one is wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. The trailer is my favorite too and thank you for visiting today!

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  36. Lovely! I especially love the floral trailer! Thanks for being on the hop.

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    1. It was fun to be in the hop and I can't wait for the next one. Thank you for your kind words!

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  37. I love all three - very creative and each one so different! Your SewJo is definitely BACK!

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    1. Yes it has returned! yay! Thank you for your comments and for visiting today!

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  38. Love all 3, but the trailer is too stinkin' cute. Love the name of your blog too. Thanks for sharing. Maybe it is time to teach your sister to quilt you do such a nice job you could be a teacher.

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    1. Thank you for your nice comments! I've tried to teach her but she says it's too hard and she'd rather have me do it! haha1 Thanks for visiting today!

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  39. I love the Dresden one the most, but they all are pretty.

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    1. Everyone loves the dresden! Thank you for your comments and for visiting today!

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  40. Congrats on being a top 2 pick for the day! Love the colors that you used on the Dresden and that trailer is too cute for words!!

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    1. I know how awesome is it to be in the top 2! And with my friend Karen as well! Thank you for your comments and for visitng today!

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  41. Love all your mug rugs. Really fun camper one. I would love to see a flowered camper. ANd the dresden is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and explaining your process. I thought it was done with binding at first and thought that would be too much work. BUt I can definitely do your way!

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    1. I really love the trailer too. Probably won't use it because I don't want to spill on it! ha! wouldn't it be fun to have a flowered camper?! The "binding" was super easy and fun and looks great. I figured it wouldn't get washed so it shouldn't ravel much. I will definately be doing the process again. Thanks for visiting today!

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  42. Great job! Love all three of your mug rugs!

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  43. Oh my goodness! I love them. Great colors for the Dresden and congrats. on top pick. The trailer, just too, too, cute! we all lose are mojo at a time, but yours is back baby!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad it's back too!

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    2. and thank you for becoming a follower!

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  44. Todos muito lindos,mas o terceiro está chamando um prêmio,parabéns pela criatividade.Se ganhar algum prêmio me avisa tá?

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  45. Hope to see you at future blog hops. You are very creative and inspirational too. Your mug rugs are great. You have an eye for color. The little camper is adorable. Come blog hop again.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I had fun being creative again and I love color and matching fabrics. I will be doing the Birdie Hop in May so please come back and visit!

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  46. What cute mug rugs you made--I LOVE Dresdens and yours turned out so nice and bright--and springlike! But the camper one takes the cake--you did a wonderful job on that one and I know you'll enjoy using it this summer as you go camping. Just watch out for those Martians!

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    1. Thank you Gwen! I love dresdens too and plan to make a whole quilt of them someday! And thank you for your kind words on my trailer rug! I love it too! Aren't the martians a hoot! Thank you for visiting today!

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  48. Denise-Your mug rugs are so cute. I love Dresden's too and the trailer one-tell your husband that you never know, you might see a trailer painted like that! My sister and I are going on Quilt Rush Shop Hop soon. She lives in San Jose and I live in San Mateo County. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Nellie! Wouldn't it be fun to have a flower painted trailer! ha! Thank you for visiting today! I live in Contra Costa County!

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  49. Wonderful mug rugs, the dresden flower is my favorite and so colorful!

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    1. Thank you! I love the way it turned out too!

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  50. What wonderful mug rugs. It would be hard to pick a favorite but I must say the Dresden plate is adorable. And the travel traler brings such a smile.

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    1. Thank you! They were fun to create and aren't the little martians just so fun!

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  51. Denise, your mug rugs are sew sweet! loving the flower trailer. I love Dresden too and gives me an idea to finished up my granddaughters quilt. Hopefully before June.....Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

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    1. Thank you Judith! I love the way the dresden turned out. Would love to do an entire quilt of them someday! Thank you for visiting today!

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  52. wow, you mugrugs are wonderful!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente in Germany

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    1. Danke Bente! Thank you for visiting today!

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  53. Very cute. Love the "glamping" one! Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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    1. Thank you! The trailer one is my favorite and I just bought some of the "glamping" fabric in the red to create placemats for the trailer too!

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  54. Nothing like a couple of quick projects to get your "sew-jo" back. Your mug rugs are all fun, my favorite is the camper. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. No kidding huh!? I have sooo many UFOs that maybe now I can get motivated again! Thank you for your nice comments and for stopping by!

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  55. Glad you got your sew-jo back. It's terrible when that goes missing. I couldn't choose a favorite of your mug rugs-they are all terrific.

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  56. What great mug rugs. The Dresden one is just so pretty. Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you Rhonda! I love it too. Thank you for stopping by today!

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  57. Congratulations on a top spot with your dresden. I love it. Your camper is my favorite too. Back in the hippie era people painted busses and vans with flowers and lived in them so I have seen a flowered camper but not as cute as yours.

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    1. Thank you! It was fun to be chosen among so many talented people! A flower trailer would be so fun!
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  58. Oh my goodness. I have just fallen in love with your dresden mug rug. It is absolutely perfect. Love, love ,love your fabrics.

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    1. Oh thank you Tammy! I really love it too. I'm not a "pink" girl and was pleasantly surprised how it turned out! Thank you for stopping by!

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  59. Love them all...especially the dresden plate. The colors are awesome. You did great for your first Hop. Wonderful pics.

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    1. Thank you DeAnna! I had fun and have enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful creations these past 3 days! Can't wait to see the rest of them. And Welcome to my Blog!

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  60. Your Dresden mug rug is stunning! I love the fabrics you chose for that one. All of your mug rugs are wonderful - the trailer one made me smile.

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    1. Thank you Cathi! I won the fabrics and wasn't sure what I was going to do with them and they just reminded me of Spring! I'm very happy with all 3 of the rugs. The trailer one is my favorite!

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  61. Beautiful the dresden plate love the color perfect for spring.

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  62. Love the mug rugs. One is cuter than the next, but I really think that Dresden one is just the best! A great job. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Debby! They were all fun to make!

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  64. All of your mug rugs are beautiful. I'm especially drawn towards the dresden mug rug. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!! I love the colors and the black polka dot binding. Terriffic. Looks like some aliens took over your trailer though. : ) Love the gingham and polka dot combinations.

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    1. Thank you! I really like the way the dresden turned out too. Thank you for visiting!

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  65. I absolutely love all of your mug rugs. So creative! The camper is adorable. And the edging on the dresden and the colors are just wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Karen! The trailer is my favorite but I'm happy with the way they all turned out! Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  66. Gracious, you made some cute mug rugs. The dresden was so cheery and bright and I loved the black dotty fabric - it really set it off. The camper one was definitely creative - the trailer looks like it was used in the 60s! Loved the pennants.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! The trailer is my favorite and the pennants were a last minute add and I'm glad that I added them! Thank you for visiting!

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  67. All of your mug rugs were darling! Loved each one for different reasons. The dresden for the bright, cheerful colors, the blue zig zag just cute. But the camper was amazingly creative...love the details.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I had a great time creating them! The camper is my favorite.

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  69. All 3 of your mug rugs are cute, but I love the Dresden! I am definitely going to have to make one of those. Great job! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Oh make a dresden! They are a bit time consuming but the finished product is so wonderful! I hope to make an entire quilt out of them somday. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  70. Love all three of them, but really love the Dresden one.

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  71. All your mug rug are lovely...but love the Dresden the most.

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    1. Thank you! I really like the dresden too!

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  72. Ohhh - the one with the trailer is just delightful! Very creative and fun. The others are beautiful too.

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    1. Oh thank you! It's totally my favorite and I probably won't use it because I don't want to get it dirty! ha! Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  73. Wow! I love all 3 of them! The Dresden is just fantastic! The zig zag is great! I was following along with your description of showers and flowers. I love how you personalized the last one! Thank you for participating and inspiring us today!

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    1. Thank you Gina for becoming a follower and for your kind words too! I decided to use the zig zag one on my work desk because it was a little smaller, but the trailer one is my favorite!

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  74. Love the dresdan rug, it's fun to see unusual shaped rugs.

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    1. Thank you! I wanted to do something different and I'm very happy with the outcome. Thanks for visiting!

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  75. The camper mug rug: brilliant. And I love the Dresden rug too, great colours!

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  76. Love all three. Very spring and bright. I have yet to make a mug rug so you have inspired me. Thanks.

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    1. Oh Simone make 1, 2 or 10! They are so fun and easy and you can try different techniques on a smaller scale. I'd never done applique before and decided to do it on the trailer one. I still need practice, but I do like the way it turned out! Go for it!

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  77. Love all your projects, very creative!

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  78. ohh what a nice collection of mug rugs. They are very beautiful and lots of fun! Thanks for sharing.

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  79. Wow they are simply little works of art. I have to say my favorite is Dresden....I just simply love them. Very nicely done...

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  80. I love all of your rugs, so different but gorgeous every one!!

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  81. The lil camper is my fav nut I have to tell ya, I love your projects! B-)

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  82. These mug rugs are original! I love them!You did a nice job!
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  83. They're all gorgeous but I think my favourite one is the Dresden one.

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    1. Thank you Maria! Sooo many people like the dresden best!

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  84. The Dresden mug rug is outstanding! Beautiful job! Your others are cute--camping is so much fun, and I do think of rain falling looking at your second rug.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! Yes camping is a lot of fun and the trailer mug rug is my favorite. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  85. Your mug rugs are wonderful! Love them all. The dresden is amazing and my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

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  86. I love them all! Beautiful job. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  87. You did a great job! I am especially drawn to the Dresden as it is one of my favorites also. Just wondering where you found the cute black/white polka dot felted wool? I have never come across anything but plain colors.

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    1. Thank you for your nice comments. It's actually black wool felt with black/white dot fabric on top of the felt. Then I just used pinking shears on the edges. I figured that I probably wouldnt' be washing it so it wouldn't ravel.

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  89. Your trailer mug rug is adorable!

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  90. I love your three mug rugs! The trailer is so cute. Small finishes are a great way to get your sew-jo back.

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  92. Oh they are all so lovely - I love the camper van one, such a lovely idea. Glad to hear you have your mojo back - its a nuisance when that decides to disappear for a while isn't it!

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