Thursday, April 18, 2013

April Shower's Blog Hop



Save the best for last eh?  Welcome to my stop on the April Showers Blog Hop. I want to thank Erin of Sewing Mummy for all her hard work on this hop,,along with everything else she does. And let us not forget the         irrepressible Madame Samm over at Sew We Quilt! 
(Did you see her mug rugs? Awesome, as usual!) 


   Spring in my neck of the woods (good heavens, my Canadian is showing today!) means             C O L O U R ! ! ! after months of grey, grey and more grey. Those who don't experience winter think snow is a lovely white blanket, and everything is pristine, peaceful and pure. 
    
     Trust me,,,that snow is white when it falls, but before long,,the skies turn grey,,the fallen snow takes on a grey tint from sand laid by the municipalities to keep the roads passable and just from day to day life. There were far too many days in a row here this year where the sky, the roads (from salt being spread to control icy roads) and the snow were all the same colour of grey. And winter went on, and on and on around here. We had snow in our yard from last week's storm up until yesterday. I hope it's done for this year!

     Spring here also means bugs and butterflies and birds! We're so glad to see the colours of all of them showing up again, I can't tell you.







 


    When it came time to make my mug rug, I couldn't think of anything better to show my love of spring more than my treasured Kokka Echino Nico!
Bugs, and butterflies, and bees and birds! I've had this fabric stashed for a while now waiting for the right project,,and this is one of them!  






   I did a simple QAYG technique, and decided not to bind my mug rug, but rather to top-stitch it. I thought there was enough going on with the Echino without a binding adding to the busy-ness! What do you think?

   Now I'll be able to look at one of my favourite fabrics everyday,,,at least until someone asks me "ooo Will you make one for me too?"


















I hope you'll visit the rest of my fellow blog hoppers on this, the final day of the April Showers Blog Hop.
  
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!


Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks again Erin.
Thanks again Mdm Samm!

Mary











67 comments:

  1. A very lovely mug rug with all things of spring in it.

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  2. Great mug rug! I love the fabrics you used!
    Spring hasn't arrived in my neck of the woods yet either!!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Your mug rug is sew awesome. And I love the fabric. I have some Echino at home too.
    Thanks for sharing

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  4. Lovely. Very springy colors and images. Should make coffee taste even better too.

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  5. Cute and colourful, thanks for sharing!

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  6. What a sweet mug rug! Those colours are fabulous and make you want to sing in the sunshine. I like it without a binding too. It would have been too much to add to the mix. Well done!

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  7. Its a lovely one. I like the colors you used.
    Thanks for showing.
    Frederika

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  8. Lovely fabric with the bird and butterflies! Practice saying "No but I'll teach you how" or some such thing for one the inevitable occurs, LOL. I certainly hope you have turned the corner on the long, long winter and no more snow!

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  9. Great mug rug - thanks for sharing.

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  10. So bright and cheerful looking! Great job. The snow in my front yard finally melted on Tuesday...but the side and back yards are still almost completely covered. Come on Spring, hurry up!

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  11. Lovely mug rug. It definitely looks like spring. You did a great job on it. Thanks for shareing it with us.

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  12. I'm with you...after long cold winters the hardest part is waiting for the return of COLOR! Your mug rug has the best of spring: bugs, flowers and beautiful colors! :) Thanks for sharing, Beulah

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  13. so colorful! have to say my eyes stop on the "toujours frais" where are you? I'm from trois-rivières québec and addict to tim horton's moka!
    have a nice day

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  14. Yes Mary, that was the perfect fabric, it's very cute. Will you really use it ? I haven't used mine yet, I'm afraid to muss it up! LOL

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  15. ahh you must be a Canadian...Tim Horton and all....very spring@ love it

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  16. Lovely fabrics! Looks so springy and full of colour. Great!

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  17. Great spring mug rug... love the fabrics!

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  18. Agreed, color would be awesome her in MN - love the fabrics.

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  19. Love your mug rug--very bright and cheerful. Great way to use those beautiful fabrics. Thank you for sharing.

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  20. Great mug rug. Here in Kansas we are still grey. Love your colors.

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  21. Love those colors in your mug rug.....sew cute!

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  22. Those colors are beautiful, especially for a spring project. It is nice to see all the color coming out (we are finally getting some spring flowers in Pennsylvania) after the grey winter we had too.

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  23. Very pretty, Mary! That should brighten your days!!I love it!

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  24. That fabric really is just perfect--love the bird printed on it! It's just so colorful and definitely spring-like!

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  25. Love, love, love your fabric choices! This is perfect...'Will you make one for me too?' LOL

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  26. Great choice of fabric/color! I love it, no binding needed - I totally agree, it's great as it is! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. I love that fabric and you did such a nice job with the quilting. No wonder everyone wants one.

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  28. Great mug rug! I'm with you on greyish brown snow. We're finally getting some melt days over here though we never thought it would happen…

    I also love the Timmie's in every shot. :-)

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  29. That is a nice fabric and I especially like the bird on it.

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  30. This is wonderful and so colorful! I love it. Of course I also like the Tim Horton cups, since I do enjoy their coffee. Unfortunately there aren't any around me. Sounds like I need to make a road trip. Thanks for sharing your creation with us today.

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  31. You found the perfect fabric to express your "April". Lovely and lively colors.

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  32. love all the colors and great choice to not bind it!

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  33. Great mug rug. I will have to try out that QAYG soon.

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  34. Your mug is perfect for spring! Fantastic fabric. Thank you for sharing.

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  35. i just love it! the right fabric as you said, and the stitching i might add, beautiful!!! great work,thank you for sharing!! have a great day!

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  36. The fabric you used definitely says spring! Beautiful mug rug! And now I've got to run over to Tim Hortons and get a coffee! LOL

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  37. Awesome mug rug! Love the colors and the fabric motifs! You did a fantastic job! Thanks so much for participating and inspiring us!

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  38. So pretty...and perfect for enjoying your Tim's!

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  39. Very cute. I'm loving the bright colors.

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  40. I love you color choices for the mug rug! It is just beautiful.

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  41. Very cute, pretty colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. Oh, I love this fabric, also. Beautiful job!

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  43. Everything about your rug is wonderful!

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  44. Beautiful. I love all the bright colours. Thanks for sharing

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  45. So cute and a perfect use for your favorite fabric!

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  46. Great mug rug. I love the butterfly fabric. Thanks for sharing.

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  47. Yes - bugs, butterflies and birds mean spring is emerging. Love the fabric and colors you chose. I really want to try the QAYG method. Thanks so much for inspiring.

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  48. Lovely job, thanks for participating,its been fun hasn't it?

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  49. THanks for sharing your beautiful color with us and I agree what a winter it was....

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  50. Thanks for sharing your lovely mug rug.

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  51. I love colour and your mug rug is lovely and cheerful! I'm so ready for some warm spring weather.

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  52. Your rug is so spring-like with it's insects and birds. Just a perfect look for a mug rug. Your bisquit looked yummy and made me hungry. :)

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  53. Very nice. I love butterflies.

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  54. I love how colorful this is, and all the different wonderful creatures of spring.

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  55. Love your fabric choice, perfect for spring, and how you finished it is perfect, your right it doesn't need a binding.

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  56. So pretty and bright...I love it!

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  57. Wonderful work that just puts a big ole spirng smile on your face!! thanks for sharing

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  58. Beautiful Mary - I totally get what you mean about all that grey - still grey here, lol!
    Thanks so much for sharing and for participating in the hop with us!

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  59. What a beautiful fabric! I think that will bring a smile to your face while you enjoy your cuppa every day! Thanks for sharing.

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  60. Love the bold colors motifs in your fabrics. They really do say, "Spring!" Thanks for sharing :)

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  61. Very pretty. I like your choice of fabric! Thanks for sharing.

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