Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April Showers Blog Hop

Today is my special day to show you my mug rigs for the April Showers Blog Hop. 



First of all I need to send a big thank you for the wonderful job done by Madam Samm and Erin for the fabulous job they have done putting this hop together.  We've all had a great deal of fun....right?  I am sure we have also been greatly inspired by all of the creative work.

When I heard of the Mug Rug Blog Hop I jumped on board immediately.  I LOVE mug rugs and I love making mug rugs.  They are instant gratification and allow you to try some techniques that you may not want to use in a bigger quilt.  They are also so much fun to swap.  I keep a little stack of them close by at all times to use as coasters.

 

Although our rainy season is finished in March, we did get a bit of a shower on Easter Sunday. Spring here does not involve the drops falling from the skies, but these are a few of my April thoughts.

First off would be the gorgeous flowers blooming. It is also the time of the year that I freshen up my pots. An added "pot" this year is my mug rug. See how well my flowers are blooming already!!!







I can even pick my flowers for guests that come to join me for a cuppa.








Anyone who knows me also knows of my love for frogs. This time of the year the frogs are croakin' like crazy in the garden so I had to do a little mug rug in their honor.



 I love my mug and use it all the time, but now I have an accessory for it.




With the longer hours of daylight the chickens also start laying their eggs again. No more store bought eggs with the pale yellow yolks!



The birds chirping is one of the things I enjoy hearing the most when I am in my sewing studio. Springtime is always quite active in my backyard when the birds arrive. This little mug rug is one I made and keep at my sewing machine.



One last April event is the arrival of our migrating hummingbirds. With them comes my purchasing of the giant bags of sugar at Cost*co each week. LOL We have 6 - 4 cup feeders that need to be filled EVERY DAY, but we love having them for the summer.



Thanks for stopping by for a peek and be sure to pop over and visit all of the others sharing their mug rugs on the final day of the hop.  I know that those of you who have participated in the hop probably have a mug rug or two, but do you ever really have enough????   How about if I give away the hummingbird mug rug?  Just leave me a comment and let me know if you are interested.  Following is not necessary, but always welcomed.   I will choose a winner next Monday evening, April 22.

 
 
 
 
 
Mary @ Needled Mom (you are here...thank you)
 
 
 
Fredrika @ Feltfree på Åsly
 
 
 
Madame Samm @ Sew We Quilt
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

134 comments:

Scrapatches said...

All your mug rugs are sew adorable. I love the birdie ones. I have never seen so many hummingbirds on one feeder. You must be very sweet! The flower pot mug rug with the individual flower mug rugs is just the cutest thing ... my favorite! Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh, I had to oh and ah over each one a few times - just cannot pick out a favorite - but how clever with the flower pot and flowers!!

Carla said...

Those little flowers are adorable!!

Judy B said...

What fun mug rugs! Hummingbirds are plentiful here too! Thank you for sharing.

Theresa said...

Oh, wow! Love these mug rugs!

Joanne said...

These are all wonderful but the flower posts are so creative. I really like the hummingbird rug and would be glad to take it off your hands. :-) Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations with us today.

Amy said...

There is no way to pick a favorite from your mug rugs! They are great. The flower pot and flowers is just too cute! What a great idea!

Jessie Pope said...

That flower pot one is SO cute! What a fun idea. And I really like that hummingbird one as well, that's gorgeous.

Lynne said...

Cute ideas for mug rugs. The flowers in the pot are unique!

Sunshine Girl said...

Wow I love them all although the hummingbird one is my favourite! I love the quirky lilypad one too. Thanks for sharing.

Lavonna ZWB said...

I love them ALL! So very creative. Thank you for sharing them with us. :)

AnitaS said...

All the mug rugs are lovely. The idea with the flowers i great.

Gill said...

Fabulous mug rugs - I like frogs and chickens too!
I'm in England so I don't have hummingbirds - you're so lucky!
I'm curious to know how you feed them - do you make a syrup from the sugar??
Thanks for sharing!

QuiltSue said...

Your mug rugs are all brilliant, specially the flowers in their pot.

Britt-Inger said...

I love love your flower pot mug rugs. You are very creative!!! And what could I say about the birds. I love birds and as I live in Sweden we don´t have hummingbirds, you are a lucky one.
Thanks for sharing

charlotte said...

Such cute mug rugs!! Love the idea of the flowers in the pot and the hummingbird is so sweet. Wonderful!

Nati said...

All really cute, love the idea of the flower coasters!

Corina said...

Adorable mugrugs! I like the shapes, the flowers with pot, the waterlily leaf with frog - great job!

Fiesta said...

Omg Mary, you are so creative. That flowerpot mug rug is way too cool

Thearica said...

I love your mug rugs and the flowers in the pot... Now that IS thinking outside the box!!

Marla's Crafts said...

Wow you have been busy. I love the little flower pot with the flowers. Thanks for having a give away.

Lesley said...

Your mug rugs are all so adorable! I think your flowers in the pot is so cute and creative! Love the variety and am so jealous of your first picture with all your mug rugs. I don't think I have even one mug rug in the house, so would love to win your hummingbird rug...I hang two feeders in the Spring, but have never had more than two at one time. They sure love visiting you! Thanks for the chance!

feltfree på Åsly said...

What a beauties.'Love them all. Great job
Frederika

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Wow, they're all incredible! I adore the flowers, and the bird one!

Susan said...

These are all wonderful, I love the idea of picking a flower when friends come over for a cuppa. Thank you for sharing, very inspirational.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh Mary!!! Your mug rugs are to die or...I just love each one of them. the flowers and taking them out of their pot is unique and adorable.!! But they all are.....lol just beautiful!!

Thanks for sharing these with us.

JoyceLM said...

Love your mug rugs. I made some 2 years ago as Christmas presents for co-workers but didn't make any for me, so I'd love to win the hummingbird mug rug. Thanks.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Wow! Your mug rugs are wonderful. Yes, I'd like to win the humming bird one. We don't have those tiny birds here - guess it's too far north for them.

Leanne Parsons said...

These are fantastic! I especially like the flower pot with removable flowers. What a great idea.

Linda J said...

Wowie! I love all your mug rugs but if I got to vote,, I would give you most creative right now for that flower pot and removable flowers.

You know, I don't have a mug rug--yet--so yes, I would love to be considered for your giveaway. All your talented companions are wearing me down for attempting my own version or at least one for my husband's upcoming bday if I can squeeze it in, LOL.

Tammy said...

Oh my goodness look at all thos emug rugs you created. They just keep getting prettier as you scroll down your page. Very very creative you are to have come up with those flowers in the pot one..Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway also.

Cliodana said...

ooo i'm in love with you frog mug rug!!! so beautiful. and the pics with the hummingbirds are amazing! you're so lucky to be able to see them. thank's for sharing

Sowing Stitches said...

That loud squealing sound you just heard was me.......OH MY GOODNESS! LOVE your mug rugs! The 'pickable' flowers absolutely delightful! Thanks for sharing! Beulah

Quilting Babcia said...

What a great collection of mug rugs! Hard to pick a favorite, they're all so beautiful, though I love the originality of the flower pot! Have to say I've never seen so many hummingbirds at one feeder before. We will have two or three at most hanging around here, though one variety stays all winter.

Madame Samm said...

be still my heart...Mary your mug rugs in particular your flower pot...is stunning soooo stunning well you will see...so glad you came along...ohhh the ruffled dress below love that....the fabric is perfect

Charlene S said...

Your flowers bloom beautifully. The hummingbirds must really like them. I do too!

Vickie said...

Over the top creative ! Can I say FAVORITE! Applause ! Yes ! I would love to win a hummingbird mug rug ! Do you see my enthusiasm !!!

Dorian said...

You did such a lovely job on your mug rugs. They are all beautiful. I love how your flowers come out of the pot too. Just lovely!

nissaMade said...

oh my.. those hummingbirds.. love them all but that one is my fav!

Dee said...

Not only productive and creative, but all beautiful - love the hummingbird.

Jeanie said...

Such a great collection of creative mug rugs! Love them all, especially the one with the bird and flowers. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!

Martina said...

Oh I love this flower pot! So sweet and useful! Just great. But all of your mugrugs are wonderful, each very special. And I would be happy to have a humming bird,lol!

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Oh, these are just adorable, especially your little flower pot with removable coasters... so clever!

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

WOW..you are one creative mug rugged! Love, just LOVE the flowers in the flower pot! Glad you were selected today as most creative!

Patty said...

Oh I love your rugs. I think my favorite one is the flowers in the vase, wonderful! The hummingbird mug rug reminds me of my mom. They always had hummingbirds at their farm.

Patty said...

I forgot to say I would love a chance to win your hummingbird mug rug, and I am a follower.

Kathy said...

I LOVE the mug rug with the flowers in the pot. And I really love how you can take the flowers out of the pot!

How did you make it?

Quilt Hollow said...

I hones in on two mats immediately! Care to guess and why!!!

apple blossom said...

all your mug rugs are very lovely...love to the flower pot sew cool.

Joyce Carter said...

WOW! Your mug rugs are awesome! They are all so cute, it would be hard to pick a favorite. You did a wonderful job. Thank you so much for sharing.
I don't have a mug rug so I would feel honored if I won your hummingbird mug rug. It is sooo beautiful. Thanks for the chance.

Linda said...

Oh, my goodness! You are the mug rug queen!! They're all just beautiful!

krislovesfabric said...

So many great rugs here, hard to choose a fave! I really like your pot of posies though!!

Gwen said...

What an incredible assortment of mug rugs! I love them all, but I think the frog is just so cute and well done! I can't believe how many hummingbirds you must be feeding!

pinsandneedles said...

Amazing! Each mug rug as creative as the other! Love the flowers in the pot and your frog is adorable! I don't think I have ever seen so many hummingbirds before. Wonderful!

pinsandneedles said...

I'm a follower!

Pauline said...

You made some adorable mug rugs, how sweet they are! I love your ideas and how you translated them to mug rugs! Thanks for sharing!

Kathy L said...

I love all of your mug rugs. I also love hummers. Would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

Bonnie58 said...

Love the hummingbirds. They are my favourite bird. So tiny and fast. Thanks for sharing.
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

patchouli moon studio said...

I love your flower pot with flowers mug rug! What a fantastic idea. You do have quite a great assortment of mug rugs too. Maybe you need to make a basket to keep them all in next? LOL.

Donna Joy said...

Oh marvelous mug rugs, love those yellow flowers in the .mug. I want to make those. Love humming birds so I would love to win. Thanks so much for sharing your delightful mug rugs

Sandy said...

Love your blog -- so interesting and inspiring! I am a fan of humming birds (don't see them that often around here). Thanks for the chance to win.

dolls5000a said...

Love your hummingbird. I became a follower as soon as I saw them.

Catskill Quilter said...

Your mug rugs are wonderful! The flowers and flower pot are my favorite, but they are all cute!

Wacky Woman said...

I heart them all!

Kathy H said...

All of those mug rugs are beautiful. I would love a chance to win the humingbird mug rug. You are so lucky to have so many humingbirds around you. I have never seen any in our area but other people have. We tried a feeder but only got ants! Thanks for sharing those beauties.

Julie said...

adorable! I love the flowers in the brown vase.

BizyStitches said...

I enjoyed your parade of photos. I would like to be in the drawing for the hummingbird mug rug. My sister feeds hummingbirds too and she gets so excited when she sees them. Thanks.

Newbie Jen said...

Mary! That pot of flowers is so creative, I just love it! And your hummingbird mug rug is sensational!

shawn said...

Ooohhhh my gosh I have never seen such a cute mug rug, it is adorable.The flowers are very pretty.
smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

p.s. do you have a tute for that mug rug, it is awesome.

Pam said...

Each of your creations stands alone on merit and each is as lovely as the next. The Humming bird is truly beautiful but the frog, ooh the frog I am sure that I see a prince in there.

eleni_s said...

you are such a great lady and have achieved so many things in your life so far!!!first of all, i love all of your mug rugs, they are so inspirational, they are a great way of showing me that there is not just the square mug rug, they come in many shapes!!! great work, thank you, from today that i came to your blog, i will follow you!!! have a great day!!!

Crickets Corner said...

Talk about eye candy! All your mug rugs are so pretty, I think my favorites are the sparrow and the hummingbird. I can't believe how many hummers there are around the feeder. I have a little bully that thinks he owns my feeder and he tries to run anyone else off.

Lisa said...

What a sweet gift! yes I would love it!

Cathi said...

Your mug rugs are all so adorable and so, so unique! The flowers in the vase one is brilliant. Impossible to pick a favourite, though, as they are all so wonderful!

Jennifer Gail said...

I would love to win a gift you made. Thanks

Maria said...

WOW Mary all your mug rugs are just gorgeous...I can't chose a favorite.
Even though I am delighted to already have a lovely Rug Mug you have made I would love another..

Vicki H said...

WOW, you are so creative. They are all awesome. I would love to win your mug rug. The most hummers I've seen at my feeder at one time is two. Maybe I need to get my sugar at Cotsco.

OhioLori said...

Love all your Mug Rugs!!! You're soooo talented!! I would be most honored, to have the Hummingbird Rug come to my house...we have Feeders here too...love watching them! :)

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

I love all of Your mug rugs, Mary but my fav is the first one!! What a great idea !!! It's simply stunning:)
My best!!
Gosia

Lou said...

Love all your rugs!!!!
The flowerpot one with the flowers you can remove is adorable!!!! Is that your original or can I purchase it somewhere?
I have one lonely hummingbird that I faithfully feed:) He was by yesterday for the first time and today it is cold, rainy and windy
:( Poor guy!!!
Would love to win the hummingbird mug rug :)
Thanks!

Carole said...

OMG! Adorable! Sure, rub it in that spring has arrived in your neck of the woods! LOL Cheers!

Quilter Kathy said...

Wowwwweee...so much mug goodness! Love 'em all!

Gina said...

Mary, very unique and awesome mug rugs! The removable flowers in the pot is a fanstatic idea! Thanks for participating and inspiring us! I would like to participate in your giveaway, thanks for offering. I'm a follower and enjoy reading your blog post!

Janice Newman said...

Holy cow! All of your mug rugs are out of this world gorgeous and so very unique. The flower pot is so darn cute. Thank you for sharing all of your lovely mug rugs with us.

nicolesender said...

The hummingbird mug rug is awesome! i have many hummingbirds that come to my yard.
nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

barbara woods said...

love all of them but like the frog one is is so cute thanks

Bonnie said...

I love all of the mug rugs,but thought the hummingbirds were the cutest even before you announced the giveaway. Thanks so much for the chance to win it. I haven't ever made one, but this hop has made me think I should try it.

Rhonda D. said...

Love your mug rugs, they are so
creative! Thanks for the chance
to win!

wigglypup2(At)yahoo(dot)com

Denise said...

Beautiful and all so creative! I love them all!

Cecilia said...

These are so pretty! I enjoyed looking at each one. Thanks for the chance to adopt your pretty hummingbird rug.

Cathy said...

your mug rugs are just perfect. I adore the flowers you take from the flower pot. And the mug rug that sits by your sewing machine is equally lovely. Thank you so much for sharing. I have had a wonderful visit!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Wow! All of your mug rugs are so wonderful.

DeAnna S. said...

Oh my...what great mug rugs. I love the flower pot design...awesome idea! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

Cindy said...

I think I'm in MUG RUG HEAVEN here! Absolutely gorgeous, every one of them!!! You have outdone yourself, indeed! I am so thoroughly impressed and in awe of your work. BIG hugs.

madebymeinred said...

Wow. These are gorgeous. They all say spring and April showers.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Very cute mug rugs. I especially like the flowers in the flowerpot.

Simone said...

Gorgeous, lovely, beautiful, creative! I love them all. I am so happy to see our hummingbirds return recently. The flower pot and flowers are quite creative and the design came together so well. Thanks for sharing and offering a chance at a giveaway!

linny said...

What a wonderful collection of mug rugs. Love the flowers in the flower pot. We don't have hummingbirds in Australia so I would love to win the mug rug. I'm a new follower.
lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

Gene Black said...

Don't count me in on the prize drawing. I just wanted to tell you that I think your frog mug rug is adorable

Stitches said...

Wow, your mug rugs are beautiful and I would love to own the hummingbird mug rug..thanks for sharing..

Susan said...

Wow that is quite a show of mug rugs. Love them all but love best the flowers and pot. So creative!

Barb66 said...

I love your rugs and am a little envious of the number of hummingbirds you get at your feeders. Thanks for a chance to win.

MoeWest said...

Your flower pot mug rug is so clever and unique! I love the frog on a lilypad too! Thanks for a chance to win your hummingbird mug rug.

Val said...

Oh yes! That hummingbird mug rug has my name on it! The one with the bird does too. lol As you can tell on my blog, I am in to birds right now. And your hummers are unreal! Any hints for me to get more hummers?

LJ said...

Oh my goodness! What a bunch of wonderful, unique mug rugs and each one just as cute as the next. You do an amazing job. The frog on his lily pad is adorable and so is your sewing wren. I was thinking your flower pot was made so that you could have 3 cookies with your cuppa!! How sweet that the flowers are removable and can be used by themselves. :) My husband and I are always so excited by the hummingbirds that come here in the late summer and fall.

Ivory Spring said...

Mary, I swooned! Your mug rugs are OVER THE TOP creative!! All of them!!! Thanks for sharing.

Emily C said...

Oh, my. I would love a hummingbird mug rug. I haven't seen hummingbirds in a long time and I just love them. They are so wonderful to watch flitter around.

Karen O said...

Ok, how in the world do you think of things like that pot with the flowers!?! Amazing. I love the robin, and the hummingbirds, and WOW! Thank you for sharing your creativity.

Just Quilt It said...

Such cute mug rugs! I especially like your robin and hummingbird. The frog is super cute, and the pot with flowers that can be "picked" for coasters is so creative and pretty. Beautiful work.

Farm Quilter said...

Your mug rugs are so creative and adorable!!! Amazing talent!!! Love all your hummingbirds!!!

Nat Palaskas said...

Busy as always Mary. I love the yellow flower mug rugs, how cute are they? The egg one is great idea too - So many comments I hope you can see mine hehe! Have a great weekend - Hugs Nat

Angelia Lanouette said...

All of your mug rugs are absolutely adorable! I love anything with birds....hummingbirds are my favorite. The frog mug rug is sew cute. Thank you!
anglanouette(at)gmail(dot)com

Mara said...

Oh Wow! your mug rug flower pot is just genius, but all of them are beautiful, the bird and the ladybug or your hummingbirds, I'm liking every single one of your mug rugs, thanks for sharing.

Teri said...

Love your mug rugs....wow.....do you have a lot of hummingbirds.....what a great giveaway....thanks

Mrs.Pickles said...

Great work thanks for sharing!

Beth Strand said...

Oh my goodness, I just love the flower pot! What wonderful, creative mug rugs we've seen! Thank you for being on the hop. pbstrand@msn.com

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Oh my goodness, I can't say which is my favorite! Ok, maybe the flower pot :) Thank you so much for sharing - I hope you had a great time with the hop!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I can't believe how many beautiful mug rugs you made - they are all very special, too special for me to even pick a favorite. Awesome! blessings, marlene

Jean said...

Your mug rugs are so cute! I love each one, especially the pot with flowers!

Connie said...

Oh Mary I love all of your mug rugs and the flower pot with flowers......how awesome! Your hummingbird mug rug is beautiful!

deb said...

my eyes are popping out of my head from all the eye candy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JustPam said...

Your mug rugs are beautiful. How clever the flowers in the pot and the egg mug rugs.

newsurfiegirl said...

What a wonderful collection of mug rugs! the flower pot is such a great idea, I would love to see your guests faces the first time they saw it. I think they would be amazed! Thanks for sharing.

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

So super cute! Love that egg :) Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas

legato1958 said...

All of your mug rugs are so beautiful and creative ! I especially love your hummingbird and those flowers that come out of the pot!! So clever!!

susie
legato1958@aol.com

Dora, the Quilter said...

Here in NM we are on migratory routes and celebrate with the return of hummingbirds. They are not here yet--good thing, since we had a bout of winter this past week.
(I follow you with Bloglovin.)

palmtreefanatic said...

wow!!! I love them all but the flowers are extra spectacular! great idea! and so spring like;)

Kathryn D. Duke said...

what joy these bring!!!!!!

love you sweet little dress with the bees for your grand too!!!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Wonderful mug rugs! Love the idea of the flowerpot with flowers for friends. Congrats on being one of the chosen!

SuperMomNoCape said...

I love all your mug rugs. As I scrolled down and read about each one, I thought, that's my favourite... but you saved the best for last. That humminbird mug rug is amazing! Thanks for the chance to win it.

Barb said...

What a fun post, those flowers are tooo cute!

Kerrie said...

I love Mug rugs and yours are beautiful!!! I love the little dress too. Your work is always perfect and you inspire me! Hugs, K

Kathy said...

Ahh Mary I had a bad couple days at work...so to de-stress before heading to bed I am catching up on blog reading. Your mug rugs are so nice. I will be resting better tonight for having seen such a sweet post. Thanks for the pick me up. No idea which is my favorite as they are all incredible. Love the flower pot but the birds are too cute too!!! Good job!!!

Melinda Cornish said...

I love the flower mug rug...it really is special!