Monday, April 8, 2013

April Showers Mug Rug Blog Hop

Most people get showers in April where they live, although here in New Mexico we rarely get April showers, but we do get a lot of wind in the spring. March & April is actually our windy season. If we are lucky, we will get some showers in July & August, during our monsoon season. It's dry here in the high desert and we could sure use some showers. We've been in a drought here now for a few years. 
The only time I see umbrellas around here is in the heat of the summer when New Mexican's use their umbrellas is for the shade they provide, not for protection from the rain, lol.
Thank you Madame Samm and cheerleader Erin of Sew at Home Mummy for this fun blog hop. Ilove mug rugs! They are fun and easy to make because they are small enough to get done. Essentially they are just a mini quilt. If you are new to quilting it's a great project to make because you are learning all the same techniques that you would learn in making a larger quilt, whether it's a pieced or an applique quilt. Plus mug rugs are useful and they make great gifts too. I hope you enjoy seeing the mug rugs that I created here for this blog hop.
!Sew WE Quilt!
Umbrella Mug Rug
I made this umbrella mug rug to go along with the April Showers theme. The blue fabric I  used for the background was perfect because it was a rainstorm . I added some prairie points too.
backing fabric to umbrella mug rug
On the back of the umbrella mug rug from above, I used a fabric with umbrellas and pink bunnies.
Dragonfly Mug Rug
Dragonfly mug rug. I embroidered the dragonflies by hand.

Dragonfly mug with a matching mug rug that I made.
Dragonfly Mug Rug
Embroidered dragonfly.
Ladybug Mug Rug
I made this mug rug to match my ladybug mug.
Ladybug Mug Rug with matching mug
I used a green stripe fabric and appliqued the ladybugs and added the hand embroidery.
Ladybug Mug Rug
Mug rug here without the mug.
Backing fabric for Ladybug Mug Rug
This is the fabric I used on the back of the mug rug. It was a perfect fabric and I had just enough for this mug rug too.
Close-up of Ladybug Mug Rug

Ladybug Mug Rug with matching mug
I wanted to make the ladybug mug rug after making the mug rug below that matches my bumble bee mug, but I never got around to making this ladybug mug rug...that is until this blog hop which was just the thing to make me do it and get it finished.
Bumble Bee Mug Rug with matching mug
This was a mug rug I made last year to match my mug. 
Love Chocolate Mug Rug
The Nancy Halvorsen applique design (from Art-to-Heart) of the lady with the chocolates (on the left) I started to applique this over a year ago. I found her in my pile of UFO's. So I decided to finish her and turn it into a mug rug. I drew a bowl and made it into an applique. Then I fused some chocolate candy fabric and added it to the bowl and in her hands. I didn't plan this out very carefully as the words above the bowl was a bit too close to the binding and too much space below the bowl. I also should have sewn her arms and body into the seam...so rick-rack to the rescue! Still she turned out cute.
Chocolate Hearts Mug Rug
Two hearts made from a candy fabric (the same fabric I fused in the mug rug above). 
Close-up of Chocolate Hearts Mug Rug

MONDAY, APRIL 8~


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140 comments:

  1. Oh sooo beautiful. Can't decide which is my favourite, love them all! But the dragonflies are really sweet!

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  2. They are all cute as a button! What a great gift it would be to give a mug with a matching rug! Love them all!

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  3. I love the one with the umbrellas, but they are all very vute.

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  4. Cute! I love the umbrellas. They remind me of Mary Poppins.

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  5. love your mug rugs and how they match your cups, very clever! Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Great designs. I love dragonflies...so that one stole my heart!

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  7. wow you have been buzy.
    They are all lovely.
    Thanks for sharing

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  8. These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your MANY creations with us today.

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  9. You have been sew busy. I love them all. Thanks for sharing

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  10. Fabulous mug rugs! I love the way you have matched them to the mugs!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  11. Love all your mug rugs. I am amazed at how well they match all your mugs! Great job!!

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  12. Love how your Mug rugs match your mugs !! Perfect !!!

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  13. Daryl. Ladybugs, dragonflies, bumble bees and umbrellas. All are fabulous in those mug rugs. Love the color, design and happy personalities of each. Thanks for showing them. And you got real matchey-matchey with your mugs. I suspect it started with the mug and then the rug, right? Wonderful!

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  14. I think I know who might just be part of the top honors today! I love your fabulous mug rugs!

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  15. I love them all! So cute. I think the ladybugs is my favorite, well no, maybe the bumble bees....wait the ladybugs are so cute....aw shucks...love them all. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. What great mug rugs! I love the way they match your mugs, intact that gives me a wonderful idea for some gifts! Thank you for sharing.

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  17. Thanks for sharing your lovely mug rugs.

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  18. These are just wonderful! I love all of the matching mugs and rugs.... very springlike and just fun to look at! Great job!

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  19. Your dragonflies are amazing! I love all the mug rugs, but that one is by far my favourite. Great job.

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  20. These are wonderful each one in their own way...Love the dragonflies.....very pretty.

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  21. Love your mug rugs. They are adorable :) Angela

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  22. Great mug rugs - the dragonfly one is my favorite!!

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  23. Your rugs are so cheery! ! love bright colors and the bugs are a nice touch.

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  24. Daryl,
    Your mug rugs have me singing this morning...if pressured...I honestly would not be able to choose a single favorite. [I have a fondness for bugs! :) ] Your umbrellas in the rain are precious, your buggy friends hae captured my heart, and the chocolates...my sweet tooth is now awake! :) Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations! Beulah

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  25. Awesome work.. can't believe how well you matched them to your mugs!

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  26. Fantastic mug rugs you did a wonder job

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  27. You were having way too much fun, I love the theme.

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  28. Great rugs with inspiration from your mugs!

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  29. I love your umbrellas and the prairie points are such a nice addition! Your other mug rugs are adorable--especially those cute ladybugs and bees. But I have to admit that your chocolate ones got my stomach growling!

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  30. You totally outdid yourself with these mug rugs...I love them all! Your dragonfly mug rug is gorgeous and the other ones, well...just amazing. You are so good!

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  31. I slept in this morning...wore my mask....yep....and woke up to this lovely lovely lovely mug rug creations...I am just smiling here...yours are lovely...very partial to your lady bugs and dragonflies....( they have a significant impact on me especially today)
    oh Daryl, you did good sweetie....

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  32. Very clever making rugs to match the mugs and loads of fun. Great job!!

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  33. p.s check lisa's link the next one after you...it isn't working thanks

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  34. How sweet, the mugs with matching mug rugs, what a treat! The umbrella's and chocolates are also darlings, but the matching ones.... great! Thanks for sharing, enjoy your day!

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  35. You have been very busy and the mug rugs are so cute.

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  36. Cute mug rugs....I especially like how you matched your mugs so perfectly. Well done!

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  37. I love the way you created your rugs to match your mugs - super idea!

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  38. Daryl, your mug rugs are over the top creative ! I really enjoyed yours today !

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  39. They are all so pretty, but my favorites are the dragonflies and the bees! Beautiful!!

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  40. Very nice, I love the idea of matching rugs and mugs!

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  41. Adorable! Where do you find such cute mugs? I just love your creativity. I have a beautiful umbrella that makes a rainy day better so I enjoyed seeing yours!

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  42. Beautiful mug rugs, especially the one with the matching mugs. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. Oh, so many cute mugs and mug rugs--I'd want to stop for tea or coffee all day long! Great job! Creative and beautiful work.

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  44. wowie, Daryl! I love how you have matched your mug rugs to your mug collection. Very good!

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  45. OH MAN! so many pretty mug rugs. Wonderful job and great eye candy, Thanks for sharing.

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  46. UNREAL! AMAZING! Above and beyond! And to think you actually PUT A MUG on those rugs?! NOOOOO! Thanks for sharing!

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  47. You did an incredible job matching your mug rugs to your mugs.....so cute. Very nice work too.

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  48. So, so wonderful! I really love the dragonfly and ladybug mug rugs!

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  49. Your mug rugs are so incredibly cute. How clever to match them up so well to the mugs :)

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  50. Love them all! The dragonfly is beautiful. Love how the ladybug & bee match the mugs. Too cute...

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  51. All your mug rugs are sew adorable. I love all the little details and hand embroidery you have added. You have a very pretty collection of mugs and mug rugs. The umbrella one is just too cute. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  52. Your mug rugs are beautiful. I love how much thought went into each one.

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  53. These are all so adorable that I'm green with envy---over the mug rugs AND the mugs (especially that Dragonfly one :p)

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  54. I love all of those mug rugs, especially the dragon flies. What beautiful embroidery. I also like the idea of a matching mug with the mug rug. Perfect!

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  55. Wonderful mug rugs... esp the lady bug one=)

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  56. My favorite is the Ladybug one, but then again that's probably because I call my daughter my little ladybug.

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  57. Oh my goodness. They are just AWESOME! How in the world did you find mugs and fabrich to match so perfect. I love them all.

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  58. How cool all of your mug rugs are! I love them all. Very Creative.

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  59. I love all of your mug rugs! Every one is so creative.

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  60. Love, love, love your mug rugs! Your embroidery dragongflies and applique/embrodery ladybugs are fantastic! What an awesome idea to match the mug rugs to your mugs! What a wonderful gift that makes! Thanks for participating and inspiring us today!

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  61. Wow, some amazing mug rugs. That's a cute idea to make rugs to match your mugs and your hand-stitching was really sweet. But...my favorite still has to be the first one with the umbrellas. The background fabric - perfect, the marvelously stitched umbrellas, the prairie points...there's just nothing I don't like about this mug rug.

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  62. Those matching mugs & rugs are so cute. I always enjoy your projects; thanks for sharing!

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  63. So many great projects here, love the dragonflies!

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  64. Daryl, these are so, so cute! I just love them,especially the dragonflies.And the mugs. You did a wonderful job! Thank you for sharing.

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  65. Girl, I could hardly keep up with you! LOL I so love those mug rugs that match their mugs! The mugs themselves are fabulously cute, but your mug rugs are fabulously made. LOVE the hand stitched dragonflies!

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  66. Oh wow! You did a great job on your mug rugs. Where did you find all those great mugs? I love them. Great Christmas gift ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  67. these are awesome, love the bee one

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  68. Oh my!! I fell in love with the Dragonfly one and then scrolled down to the Ladybugs. Just WOW!!!!!
    I am so going to have to add Mug Rug to my to do list!!!!
    Thanks again for more inspiration!

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  69. Daryl, your mug rugs are adorable!!! I like all the details and all the variety that you have used to create them! You did a nice job!!! They are beautiful, really inspiring, I like them all!!
    Marisa from
    http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

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  70. Wowza, look at all of the beautiful mug rugs! I love how you made mug rugs to match your mugs. The ladybug one is my favorite. Thank you for sharing all of your creations.

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  71. Lovely mug rugs! I can't believe you made so many!

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  72. Your pairing of mug rug and tea cups are wonderful. I love embroidery and you did such a great job pairing your applique and embroidery, i just love your dragonflies.
    i think my favorite is your umbrella in a storm because as you know we can only dream of rain here in New Mexico. I also like it because its so whimsical. The bees are also awful darn cute as well.
    as always thanks for sharing
    tara

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  73. Your many mug rugs are so cheery! and nicely done. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us. I hope you get some April Showers there in New Mexico!

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  74. I love them all and how match your cups.Thanks for sharing!!

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  75. What an inspiration and great gift idea. The mugs are great and the fabrics you used for the rugs are lovely. You did a wonderful job with the embroidery. Thanks for sharing.

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  76. Fabulous mug rugs....I'm in serious need of some of those cute fabrics there!

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  77. Woo hoo! Making mug rugs to match your mugs - so fantastic!!

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  78. I love everyone of your mug rugs. Thanks for sharing your photo parade and sharing your talent. I've gotten a lot of ideas with this blog hop.

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  79. What adorable mugs! I'm seeing so many fun ones that I may have to make another one before my day next week! lol pbstrand@msn.com

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  80. Sweet, Sweet, Sweet mug rugs Daryl! Love them all...Thanks for sharing..Judith, Texas

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  81. Holy cow! Can't believe my eyes. One prettier than the other--can it be. Great matches fabric to mugs. Amazing!

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  82. YUM. Who doesn't love a bowl of candy!

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  83. I love your matching mugs and mug rugs. They are so pretty.

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  84. What great mug rugs...love how you matched them to those pretty mugs!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  85. WOW! WOW! Daryl:) you have certaily outdone yourself with all these amazing creations!! I love everything and that bag is just so very pretty! I absolutely LOVE how you matched the rugs with the coffee mugs just darling:) Have a fantastic day!
    Hugs,
    Norma

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  86. WOW! I just love your work! I love the dragonflies! Congratulations on making top picks.

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  87. Love them all...Thanks for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

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  88. Yellow and dragonflys - does it get any better than that - love them all.

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  89. Oh dear, wonderful idea, brilliant execution :D

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  90. Sew very adorable!! Can't pick a favorite sew I'll just take them all!
    Thanks for sharing!!

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  91. Just adorable. I love your differnt ones that match the mugs! Lady bugs, bees... too cute! But you just had to throw in one with chocolate to de-rail my diet did ya????? :-)

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  92. Absolutely adorable! What more can I say! LOL Christine
    - ChrisW Designs

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  93. Wow what cute mug rugs and love your embroidery it is so nice.

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  94. What cute mug rugs and I love the dragon flys! Great job and you've been so busy!

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  95. Lovely mugrugs each and every one! I specially love the first one with the prerie points. Thanks for sharing your wonderful works!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente

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  96. I am amazed with how you matched the rugs to the cups - your talent is exceptional!! Wow!

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  97. Just wonderful & creative mug rugs, all. Well done.
    cheers
    maggie

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  98. I love how you made mug rugs that matched your very cute mugs! I must get some fun mugs. Thanks for sharing.

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  99. Your mug rugs and matching mugs are wonderful! They're all fabulous, but the ladybug one really caught me eye!

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  100. Wow. Your talent shows through. What a great collection. Your backs are as nice as your fronts. Great work.

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  101. Super cute mug rugs. I especially like the one with the umbrella's. I experienced that wind myself when I went to college one year in Las Vegas, NM. :)

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  102. Love the mugs and matching rugs. You have been busy.

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  103. What a wonderful collection of mug rugs. One is prettier than the next. Thanks for sharing.

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  104. you rock !!! all those mug rug are so georgous. wonderful idea to match it with a big mug! love it
    thank's for hopping with us enjoy the rest of the hop

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  105. What fun mug rugs you've made! :)

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  106. Great mug rugs! Thanks for sharing.

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  107. So cute mug rugs,
    Greatings from Germany !

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  108. Oh my! Now I am really excited and motivated to make my first mug rugs. What a fabulous idea to make them match the adorable mugs. Sorry gotta go. Go shopping that is for cute mugs so I can get busy. Two of my quilting friends have birthdays this month. Love your hand embroidery also. Very very nice ;)

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  109. I love the idea of matching mug rugs to mugs! Well done!

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  110. Your mug rugs are just wonderful. I especially love those bees and dragonflies! So sweet!

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  111. I liked all the mug rugs, but my favorite was the umbrellas -- as it seems to me the black blanket stitch made it look very retro 1930's and cheerful!

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  112. Oh my goodness they're all so pretty. My favourite is the ladybug one. Soooooo cute.

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  113. Oh Daryl, those are LOVELY! I especially like the first one with the beautiful umbrellas & rainy fabric. The prairie points look a bit like the tips of other umbrellas. Your embroidery on the dragonflies is perfect! Well done!

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  114. Daryl, as usual, you did an awesome job. Of course, I've never seen anything you have made that isn't awesome. :D Love them all, but the dragonflies is awesome! Love dragonflies.

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  115. All your mug rugs are so lovely! My favorites are the bumble bugs and the lady bugs with matching mugs!

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  116. Those are fabulous! You are very talented.....matching the rugs to your mugs. Ladybugs are my favorites. Thank you for sharing.

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  117. Oh my what a gorgeous assortment of mug rugs. Love how they have matching mugs. Very very creative.

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  118. Nice job! I love the mug rugs with matching mugs!

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  119. WOW I love your mug rugs. Wish you lived in England - like close to London and then you could teach me to bind mine beautifully.

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  120. You are so talented! I am in love with your dragonflies.

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  121. Beautiful work- each & every one!

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  122. Pretty mug rugs! Love the embroidery. Fun that they match your mugs.

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  123. AMAZING mug rugs!! I'm in love with the dragonflies and the ladybugs! You are very talented ;)

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  124. My goodness! What cute and fun mug rugs Daryl!!! My favorite is the dragonflies - you did such a wonderful job on the embroidery on those :*) Excuse me now while I go pour another cup of coffee :*)

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  125. Your mug rugs are so creative and beautiful. It would be hard to choose a favorite. Just lovely.

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  126. Love them all. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  127. Love them all...especially the mactching mug rug with the mug! Your've creative lady!

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  128. All so lovely!What a fun project. Thanks for sharing

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  129. All of your mug rugs are absolutely wonderful..you do such a great job.

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  130. I love mug rugs for the same reasons that you do! And yours are wonderful, especially the dragonflies. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  131. all your mug rugs are cool. love the ones that match the cups. nice

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  132. Hi Daryl, As usual, beautiful job on all of the mug rugs, I especially love the ones that match the mugs. You always have such wonderful ideas!! Thanks for sharing. Bobbie SIA

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  133. These are so darling. Your applique' is amazing! And where do you find such cute mugs?

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  135. Oh they are all adorable - I love the ladybird one best.

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  136. So creative and very much eye candy! Loved looking at them! Thank you for sharing.

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  138. Wow Daryl, I can't get over how cute all your mugs AND matching mug rugs are! Fantastic work, thanks for sharing!

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