Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April Showers Mug Rug Blog Hop

Today is my day on the April Showers Mug Rug Blog Hop. I had several ideas on just exactly how to make my mug rug. I finally decided that I wanted to combine my two favorite crafts...quilting and counted cross stitch. First I charted my designs on graft paper. I have a favorite alphabet that I wish I could say is completely my design, but instead I found it in an old issue of "Cross Stitch and Country Crafts". I'm not sure what issue(if you really want to know email me and I will try to find it). Here is my roughed out charts, as you will see I made changes as I went along.
I chose two fabrics for each design and selected floss to match. I stitched the designs and cut around the designs, leaving one half inch beyond the stitching.
Then I assembled them into my mug rug tops.
 I had originally planned to make one two sided mug rug, but I decided I wanted to be able to see them at the same time so I made two. I layered the rugs, batting at the bottom, then the backing right side up and finally the pieced top right side down. I pinned around the entire unit using my even-feed or walking foot, leaving the space between the arrows unsewn so that I could turn the whole thing right sides out.
Then I trimmed the edges even with the top and cut some of the corner off diagonally about one eighth of an inch from the stitching. I carefully turned the entire piece and hand stitched the openings closed. Then I quilted the two mug rugs and finally they are finished.
 I hope you like them!
If you would like to see more of today's mug rugs, I have included a list of today's participants. Many thanks to Erin and Madame Samm!
Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures
Jill @ Apple Avenue Quilts
Cathy @ Cathy's Chatter
Quilter Kathy @ Kathy's Quilts
Marsha @ Quilter in Motion
Pat @ Life in the Scrapatch
Connie @ Shepody Mountain Crafter
Vickey @ Gingersnaps Quilts
Danielle @ A Geeky Crafty Life
Gwen @ Get More Done...Today
Rachel @ Sew Happily Ever After!
 

114 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Gorgeous cross stitch and paired so lovely with the fabrics - so cute! Thank you for sharing your talents with us todya.

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Beautiful! It's been awhile since I've cross stitched, you really did outstanding...I know how much work was involved! Thanks for sharing.

Scrapatches said...

These are beautiful! I love counted cross stitch and your designs are wonderful. The fabrics you chose are just perfect with your lovely stitching. Thanks you for sharing ... :) Pat

Rhonda said...

Oh my goodness, what beautiful work. Thanks for the tutorial process. It's great to see how others work through a design concept!!

Amy said...

Love the cross stitch! Your mug rugs are adorable! Great work!

Gina said...

Oh I love that you incorporated cross stitch in your mug rugs! They are beautiful! Love the fabric and the colors! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

Judy B said...

The addition of the cross stitch to your mug rugs is fantastic! Thank you for sharing.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Maravilhoso,amei!

Theresa said...

Fabulous! You stitchn' is wonderful! I just adore cross stitch! Been cross stitchn' w...ay longer than I've been quiltn'. Thanks for sharing.

Patty C. said...

Beautiful work

Nati said...

Very cute, really nice stitching!

BudandMarsha said...

I didn't notice that we were showing on the same day. I should have pointed out your blog address when I mentioned your umbrella paper piecing i used in my mug rug. Cute ideas you have.

feltfree på Åsly said...

so lovely and so much job. Great job. Thanks for sharing
Frederika

AnitaS said...

They are both lovely and colorful.

Mara said...

Both are adorable and I like how you put them together.

Britt-Inger said...

Your mug rugs are so beautiful. And I love the embroideries. Thanks for sharing

newsurfiegirl said...

What wonderful mug rugs! I love the fabric and the cross stitch is awesome. So inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

Pauline said...

I do not like them, I LOVE them! Gorgeous embroidery and that fabric, how sweet! Thanks for sharing!

charlotte said...

Absolutely gorgeous! What a great idea and so well executed.

Martina said...

Oh so beautiful! Love those to and such a great match! Really sweet!

Debby said...

Very, very, very lovely! Your cross stitch is impeccable and the colors are divine. Creative how you combined the cross stitch with the quilting. I actually still have several items I cross stitched (100 years ago, ha ha) that are still languishing in a box. You inspired me!

Stitches said...

Beautiful mug rugs, I would not want to use them. Just too pretty...

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Lovely job! You have been busy.

Thearica said...

No, I don't like them... I LOVE those!! The cross stitch just adds a whole new happiness to your mug rugs! bravo!

Sharon said...

Wow adding cross stitching gives a lovely picture for these wonderful little art quilts. Have a great day.

NotionNanny said...

I love these! I think that adding cross stitch gave these mugs a "social upgrade". They went from " just a mug rug" to an heirloom to be cherished! Thanks for sharing!

Gill said...

These are so pretty - what a great idea to combine cross stitch and quilting!
Thank you for sharing!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

I love the inclusion of the cross-stitch; very clever!

Gene Black said...

Those are just lovely!

Cathy said...

How clever and absolutely joyful! Wonderful project!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

These are just adorable!! great idea

Linda J said...

Oh, I do like them---a lot! The colors are so vibrant and lovely. How clever of you to combine your two loves on this project!

Jeanie said...

Beautiful, bright, happy mug rugs! I love the combination of cross stich and quilting! Great job!

Sowing Stitches said...

Jill these are BEAUTIFUL! The prints with the children are delightful, smiling, laughing and having a glorious time in spring as everyone should. A perfect pairing to welcome spring! Thanks for sharing! Beulah

KatheG said...

Beautiful! Thanks.

Quilter Kathy said...

Love love love! Great stitcheries and fabulous fabric!

Madame Samm said...

There is no doubt about it my DEAR, your mug rugs are gorgeous....beautiful stitched, beautifully showcased...and in fact...well you will see wink...

Julie said...

Those are very nice and colorful!

Patty D from NC said...

very nice. thanks for sharing.

krislovesfabric said...

These coordinate perfectly with your focus fabric...nice!

This Dog's Mom said...

Wow wow wow! I love the combination of the fine stitching and fabric piecing! These are really special.

Gwen said...

Your mug rugs are just GORGEOUS! I love the cross-stitch you did and it goes so well with the fabrics you used. Beautiful!

Carol said...

Oh, my goodness...they are just so beautiful! I love the cross-stitch and that fabric...just love it!

Deborah said...

beautiful, I don't think i would dare put a mug on them!

Mary said...

Your mug rugs are wonderful. I love the fabric you used! Congratulations for your creativity.

Katie M. said...

those are just super cute mug rugs. I can understand why you would want to see both sides at the same time!

Needled Mom said...

Your cross stitch is just lovely and the fabrics you chose to go with it is perfect. Beautiful finish!!

Diann said...

Very pretty and spring-like.

Leanne Parsons said...

Great job! I love cross-stitch too. I have a dragon designed by Teresa Wentzler that I've been working on for years. I just pick it up now and then for a while.

Vickie said...

Oh "sew" cute ! I used to cross stitch years ago, you've made me want to do it again !

Joyce Carter said...

WOW! These are gorgeous. I love the cross stitching that you added and the colors are so much like Spring. Great job. Thank you so much for sharing.

patchouli moon studio said...

So lovely. The cross stitch is a nice touch too.

Cher said...

adorable!

Patty said...

VERY pretty cross stitch mug rugs. I love that you made rwo rugs, so you could see both designs.

Shauna said...

totally awesome mug rugs!!!! great job

BizyStitches said...

one word comes to mind. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Beth said...

Beautiful mug rugs! I don't think I would want to risk getting them dirty though. I would either just display them or hang them. Thanks for sharing.

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

I wouldn't like to spill coffee on those pretty mug rugs, you should use them next to your machine to hold your scissors etc.

Just Quilt It said...

Beautiful, beautiful work. Your cross stitch is perfect--so lovely.

Corina said...

Lovely set of mugrugs, beautiful embroidery en they fit the theme perfectly!

Newbie Jen said...

Like them? love them! so lovely!

Kathy H said...

Love your mug rugs. I still like to work on cross stitch but mostly smaller projects so yours is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Marisa Garcia said...

I love your mug rugs, you've done a beautiful job! Your cross stitch is perfect, I love the way that you've combined all colors! BEAUTIFUL!!!!
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, nice to meet you!
Marisa from
http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

Jane S. said...

Those are so pretty! I love projects that have multiple techniques so I think these are wonderful. :)

madebymeinred said...

Great stitching! Beautiful.

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

I love the way the turned borders look like binding. I'm defnintely pinning this for future reference. Thanks for teaching me something new. Your craftsmanship is amazing!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

So beautiful! I would want to see them both top side up too... great job.

lefuntz said...

I love them! Congrats on Most Creative. It is well deserved.

LJ said...

I do like both of the rugs. Your cs..ing is marvelous and well designed. I'm glad you made two rugs because they are too cute to have to flip to see. Love that umbrella/parasol fabric.

Susan said...

What a lovely mug rug. The mix of cross stitch and quilting is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Cathi said...

Beautiful mug rugs! Your stitching is fabulous!

apple blossom said...

very nice work

Judith said...

Sweet, Sweet, Mug Rugs. Love your cross stitch and your fabric is lovely. Thanks for sharing with us...Judith, Texas

Margot said...

Beautiful, beautiful mug rugs! Loved!
The embroidery was lovely. Margot - Brasil

Lou said...

Adorable!!! Love using cross stich in items!

slacker said...

OMG. These. are. amazing. Absolutely amazing.

slacker said...

OMG. These. are. amazing. Absolutely amazing.

Mimi said...

Love the combination of cross stitch and quilting - beautiful mug rugs!!!

jmniffer said...

I love how you used counted cross in your mug rug. It looks excellent! Thanks for sharing.

DeAnna S. said...

Lovely. Your stitch work is fantastic!

Denise said...

Absolutely, positively gorgeous! I also cross stitch and I love the combination with the quilting and congratulations in the top 3 today!

maggie said...

Oh I just love your mug rug. I love the look of counted cross stitch and fabric. Very clever & pretty.
Cheers
maggie

lauraluvsloons said...

I love the combo of the counted cross plus fabric in your mugrug. Terrific.

ritainalaska said...

sew nice! they look so good with the titles handworked. i like the idea of layering and turning.

Jacque said...

Just beautiful! Congrats on being chosen most creative!

karen k said...

Wow! Alot of work went into these. And they turned out so pretty. They are so pretty it would be hard to place a mug on them. Maybe frame them and hang them up!

Janarama said...

Your mug rugs are out of this world beautiful! I LOVE the fabrics and your cross stitching.

What fabric line did you use. I want some. LOL

Tammy said...

These are absolutely gorgeous. Love all the crativity you put into theses.

tink's mom said...

I haven't done counted cross stitches in years. Forgot just how pretty it is. Lovely job.

Gmama Jane said...

Love your lovely mug rugs, choice of colors, and design!! May April Showers bring you lots of May Blessings!!!!
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Emily C said...

Lovely rugs. So perfect for the season.

Joanne said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talents with us today.

Linda said...

How adorable!! You did such a good job on your mug rugs!

Dee said...

OMG - the embroidery and fabric are extroidinary! Love it.

Karen O said...

Wow, you really put a lot of wonderful creativity into these. The fabric is so perfect with the cross stitch.

Susan said...

Your mug rugs are lovely!

Lavonna ZWB said...

Beautiful combination! Thank you for sharing with us. :)

Mrs.Pickles said...

wow very cute!

Fiesta said...

Wow, these are awesome!

Beth Strand said...

Lovely work...I love your colors and your cross-stitch!

giddy99 said...


These are so cute!

Cecilia said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous mug rugs.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Wow! Great job. Terrific choice of fabrics and wonderful stitching. Congrats on being one of the chosen.

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Sew very creative, thnx for sharing!

JustPam said...

I love seeing different mediums combined. Very lovely.

Cindy said...

Your stitching is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your creativity and lovely mug rugs

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Absolutely beautiful! Your stitching is amazing :) Thank you so much for participating with us in the hop!

Sunshine Girl said...

They are both beautiful - I like the way you have combined the crossstitches with the fabrics. Thanks for sharing.

MoeWest said...

That's really pretty! I love your cross stitch and the fabrics!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

I love these mugrugs you´ve made, beautiful!!!

Loralynn said...

Darling! I love it when two different media get merged into one. You did a lovely job!

Simone said...

Beautiful! Very nice needle work. Your design came together perfectly. Thanks so much for sharing your mug rug.

Connie said...

Absolutely beautiful, love the combination of quilting and cross stitch!

Solstitches said...

Your mug rugs are beautiful Jill.
Such pretty colours in both fabric and threads.
I don't think I could bear to set a mug on them though.
Margaret