Sunday, April 7, 2013

April Showers Mug Rug Blog Hop and a Giveaway

Hello there! Welcome to the April Showers Mug Rug Blog Hop...Day 1

Wow...you've made it to the last blog of the day. Congratulations! I'm sure you've seen some really awesome mug rugs today.

I want to send a big THANK YOU to Erin at Sew At Home Mummy and Madame Samm for all the hard work they did in getting this Blog Hop organized. Great job you two!

I thought it would be simple to create a mug rug. Making it was easy. Designing it proved to be a challenge. So many ideas floating around in my head it was hard to decide what I really wanted to do. I came up with two mug rugs. I wanted to do more but life just kept getting in the way...you know how that goes I'm sure!

I love to machine embroidery and I love combining quilting and embroidery. I searched through some of my embroidery designs and found an Anita Goodesign pattern from their Quilter's Dream collection. The design stitches out in four sections and then the four sections are sewn together. 


I sewed the pieces together then stitched down the center to tack the backing and batting to the front of the mug rug.


 I used my featherweight to sew the sections together. I just love that little machine. It's such a joy to sew on!




My first mug rug completed...



...and put to use! Yay!


For my second mug rug I decided to do an applique pattern that I did on my embroidery machine. This design came from Emblibrary.com. They have thousands of instant downloadable designs (which has been proven dangerous).


It was fairly easily to do. I had to just make sure the fabric pieces were in the correct place and position.


The stitched out design fresh off the embroidery machine.



After I applied my batting and backing I decided to do echo quilting around the design to finish the mug rug off.



Second mug rug now completed. A double Yay! Yay!


I hope you enjoyed my mug rugs. I had a lot of fun making them. 

I'm also offering a GIVEAWAY...Yay! Not just one but two! Yay! Yay! Don't you love giveaways. I would like to give these two sets of fat quarters as a prize to two lucky followers as THANKS for following me!






I bought these fat quarters from Mama's Quilt Shop during the Christmas Holiday. A lovely quilt shop in Independence, La. The top three fat quarters will go to the first follower that is picked and the second three will go to the second follower that is picked. 


The rules are simple...

1. Follow me and leave a nice comment letting me know...that's it!
2. Winners will be picked on April 19th.
3. I have to be able to reach you by email so please make sure that I can.
4. I will ship to international followers...no problem.

Here is today's list of participating blogs...

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy
 Patty @ A Stitch in Time
Jenny @ Squawk That
Stacey @ The Tilted Quilt
Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio
Lisa @ The Boon Docks
Julie @ Jolie Maxtin: the project girl
Beluah @ Sowing Stitches
Karen @ Bungalow Bay Quilts
   and then me....
DeAnna @ Georgia Girl Quilter
Thanks so much for visiting and enjoy the rest of the Hop...I know I will!!


125 comments:

  1. Awesome mug rugs! I love both the embroidery & appliqué designs you selected! The echo quilting looks great & makes for great detail to finish off the mug rug! Thanks for participating & inspiring us! I'm a follower!! :-)

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  2. Two very creative mug rugs! Thank you for sharing.

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  3. How fun! I continue to be amazed with the projects I see made with embroidery machines. Thanks for sharing your creations with us today.

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  4. Two great mug rugs! Love the embroidery and appliqué on them!

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  5. Wunderschön! Die Untersetzer sind ein Traum und das Blümchen reckt sich richtig den Tropfen entgegen! Ganz toll!

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  6. Lovely work, thanks for sharing and the chance ti win!

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  7. Lovely mug rugs! Looks great on black! And I look forward to read more as a new follower.

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  8. Lats but not least. I love your mug rugs.

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  9. Love those embroideries, I am a new follower!

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  10. You have made some very beautiful mug rugs. Thanks for sharing your creativity

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  11. Great to find your blog - love your machine embroidering

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  12. Another fun blog hop! Thanks for participating and showing us your lovely embroidery work!

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  13. Great mug rugs - I especially like the first one, the quilting is wonderful!
    I'm a new follower!

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  14. Lovely mug rugs. The embroidery one is particularly amazing how you matched the four pieces so perfectly. Great job.

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  15. I would have never imagined making these on the embroidery machine. Fabulous idea. I am a new follower

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  16. Great mug rugs. Love the machine embroidery. I am a new follower by email.
    lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  17. I am following your blog. Love your version of the mug rugs.

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  18. Your mug rugs are really pretty. Love the embroidery on the dark background!

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  19. Thanks for sharing your lovely mug rugs. And thanks for the chance to win. I'm a new follower.

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  20. Wow! Your mug rugs are gorgeous, thanks for sharing them!

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  21. Good morning DeAnna! I love your mug rugs! I miss you and your sister so much...thanks for the shout out for Mamas Quilt Shop. Hope to see you soon!

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  22. Very nice. Thanks for having a give away.

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  23. Creative mug rugs! thanks for sharing.

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  24. DeAnna,
    Two lovely techniques for your mug rugs! Don't you just love the freedom mug rugging allows the creative process?! :) Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with us this morning!! Beulah

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  25. Very nice. I always enjoy seeing the beauty that is created with Featherweights. So happy you shared.

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  26. That was interesting sewing 4 embroidered pieces together. I hadn't seen that before. The results are beautiful too.

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  27. The first mug rug is so elegant with the fancy stitching. The embroidered one is also quite lovely and cheery. Great job!

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  28. Wonderful embroidery for your mug rugs. They turned out so pretty...goes to show you you can make them any way and they will look awesome and even elegant.....enjoy your day

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  29. Your mug rugs are quite elegant. So Pretty! I am a new follower.

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  30. I love seeing how others incorporate machine embroidery into their work--these turned out just lovely! I have an embroidery module for my machine and it's great to get some inspiration for ways to use it. Thanks for sharing and giving me more ideas of how to use machine embroidery.

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  31. Greetings. Love the embroidery work mug rug and this give-away is fantastic. I am "FOLLOWERING" you and would love a chance!!

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  32. Hi Deanna...oh my such pretty details....I think you are absolutely correct....come up with an idea is the most difficult task in which you Aced it..

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  33. Your stitching is beautiful and I love the way you put the four together to create the mug rug. I love machine embroidering, so this was a fun visit to your blog. Thanks for hopping with us!

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  34. Oh yeah. I am now a follower! Love your mug rugs, great job!

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  35. You may be the last on the list of today, but what a treat to end this day with, you show a super charming mugrug, it's gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, enjoy your day!

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  36. Love thefour stitching pieces that go together to form the first mug rug.

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  37. Super cute mug rugs. I especially like the applique one with the rain drops. I have become a follower. I enjoying seeing how others incorporate their machine embroidery into quilted projects.

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  38. What a beautiful black mug rug, thank you for sharing such a work of art !

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  39. Beautiful embroidery! The black one looks like printed fabric... gorgeous!

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  40. How beautiful! I especially love the first one. It would be so much fun to set your coffee cup on such a gorgeous design.
    (I am following you!)

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  41. Lovely work! I haven't gotten into machine embroidery yet--so many great things out there to learn! I am a follower.

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  42. Your machine embroidery is beautiful. I love that design site too. Very nice work!!

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  43. Thanks for the inspiration!!! I am going to look through my embroidery designs and find one to use to make a mug rug!!!

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  44. Your stitching is fabulous! What pretty mug rugs. I really like the bell jar design. Thanks for showing how you made this. I would love to win and I am a happy follower ... :) Pat

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  45. Just found your blog through this Hop and I'm a follower now. :p That mug rug is just gorgeous!

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  46. Beautiful mug rugs. I love embroidery. So nice to see what others are using it for.

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  47. Love the "Featherweight" work. I wish I knew what happened to my Mom's... She loved that little work horse.

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  48. New follower. Lovely mug rugs and both so different from the other. Talented lady!

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  49. Wonderful and creative designs that fit so well with the spring season theme. Your design ideas worked perfectly for both mug rugs. Great job - another inspiring post for your blog!! I am a follower!

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  50. I love all types of embroidery and was thinking of hand embroidering some mug rugs. I wondered how they would hold up though so now I am thinking use the machine. Yours was just beautiful. I am a new follower. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  51. I am a new follower. I loved that you incorporated machine embroidery into both of your blocks; the flower one is my favorite. I look forward to reading your blog since I also enjoy embroidery and can't wait to see what other 'swell' ideas you'll be showing us.

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  52. Lovely mug rugs, thank you for sharing. It is always nice to find a new blog to read, I am a new follower too.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  53. I love your mug rug.You did a wonderful job.Thank you so much for sharing. You have given me some new ideas on using my embrodiery machine.
    I am a new follower through GFC and I am also a Georgia girl. So I am glad that I have found you. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  54. Virginia
    cute idea to do the four blocks in a square for the M-R. And the rainy day flower is adorable
    vtippenv@netscape.net

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  55. I am a new email follower at louster388@.....
    Just bought a 6 needle Brother PR620 and am SO loving the 6 needles!!!!

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  56. Amazing mug rugs. That first one is stupendous!

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  57. These mug rugs are original! I love them! I like both styles, but the first mug rug you've done using the 4 parts, is just wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration!
    I just discovered your blog through this blog hop and now I'm a new follower here via GFC, my day to participate in this blog hop is on April 15.
    Today you are the last participant in the list, and I enjoyed your creations. You did a beautiful job!!!
    Marisa from
    http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

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  58. A lot of precision went into your mug rugs. Very pretty.

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  59. What lovely mug rugs and your stitching techniques are wonderful! I need to use that embroidery machine more. So impressive and lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. Love your mug rugs, but I have to say that first one is just stunning! Thanks for sharing...I follow!

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  61. Love your mugs rug and the first one caught my eye, simply beautiful.Thansk for sharing.I do follow!

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  62. How beautiful. Love the butterflies. Great rugs.

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  63. I'm not a follower but just wanted to say how lovely your mug rugs turned out and I'm with you...I love my featherweight!

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  64. I'm a new follower, thanks. I like to embroider also. I get a lot of my designs from EmbLibrary also.

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  65. lovely mug rug - so unique and intricate!!

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  66. Your mug rugs are very pretty. The 4 patch embroidery mug is a gorgeous colour.

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  67. Your Anita Goodsen design is amazing!!! Love all of them.

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  68. What lovely mug rugs you made! Thanks for the chance to win the great fat quarters!!

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  69. Your mug rugs are great, but I Love your first one--I want to make one! I am a new follower via email and GFC. Thanks for the sharing and for the great giveaway! vickise at gmail dot com

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  70. gorgeous mugrugs, thnaks for sharing!
    I do follow your blog with gfc and with bloglovin',
    thanks for the chance to win!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente in Germany

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  71. I was really surprised to see that the four parts joined together to make a picture - cool!! Thanks for sharing in the hop. Oh! I am a new follower!!

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  72. The mug rugs are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your ideas. I enjoyed the hop and I'm a new follower.

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  73. I am a follower and your embroidered mug rugs are amazing.
    cheers
    maggie

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  74. Those are fantastic mug rugs! Both such wonderfully different looks!

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  75. Super mug rugs! Very cool how the parts went together to form a complete picture. I am now a follower and thanks for sharing.

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  76. I love your mug rugs. Something different. I don't need to be a part of the drawing, I just wanted to let you know I liked your mug rugs.

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  77. I really love both your mug rugs, they are beautiful and no mistakes! They are just wonderful I am now a follower because I want to see what you make next! I am on the list stop by and see me! Lisa

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  78. Your rugs are great, Thanks for the pictures of your processes. Nice toys you have and with you driving they do a great job.

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  79. I follow by email. Love to see you use the embroidery part of your machine. My husband went a little crazy when he got me a new machine. It does all this fancy embroidery and you download stuff from your computer. But I am not very computer literate, I don't even have a facebook page, so don't use most of it's options. 3bakergirlsgo@gmail.com

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  80. Lovely mug rugs. Especially like how the four embroidered parts came together so nicely. Thanks for sharing!

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  81. I'm not a follower, but I wanted to tell you that your mug rugs are beautiful. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  82. Love your mug rugs. Thanks for sharing with us. I am a follower by e-mail & GFC.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  83. Your mug rugs are beautiful!

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  84. Only one word : beautyful!

    Greatings from Germany
    Andrea

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  85. From one Southern Belle to another, that's some mighty fine embroidery Ma'am! I am so impressed that you can do that type of embroidery on a Featherweight. They are both lovely! Thanks for sharing, both with your mug rugs & the giveaway. I'm a new follower & looking forward to seeing more lovely things!

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  86. WOW - I really don't know which one I like best - they are both so great!! And that cute little Featherweight is pretty nice too :) tee hee.
    Thank you so much for participating in the hop with us!
    Erin

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  87. Love your beautiful mug rugs! Thanks for the giveaway. I am a new follower from Alabama! Love meeting other quilters.

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  88. Pretty, pretty rugs for your mugs. I love them. Thanks for a chance to win blog candy!!

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  89. oops forgot to tell you I am a new follower. Thanks

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  90. I am inspired to get my embroidery machine out and give it a try. Thanks for making two different mug rugs showing two different techniques with your embroidery machine. Very nice ;)

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  91. Your mug rug is gorgeous. Love the contrast with the black fabric and the redwork design. The secong mug rug is pretty also. But the firs tone is my favorite. I love to machine embroider also. I love Embroidery Librarys designs. I am a new follower. I am following via BlogLovin

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  92. Your embroidered mug rugs are both lovely! I'm a follower. Thanks for the giveaway ;-)

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  93. wow your embroidery rug is beautiful. great job. I'm following you via Bloglovin'

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  94. I am a new follower. I love how you incorporated you embroidery into the quilted mug rugs. I didn't know you could do applique like that. Can you do that with an embroidery machine that doesn't have all the different needles like yours? Like a janome 350?

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  95. Love the embroidery machine mug rugs. Gives me so many ideas.

    I am a follower

    ellen.mccaulley@gmail.com

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  96. Your mug rugs are breathtakingly beautiful!!! I've never seen an embroidery machine, so that was cool to see ;) I'm a follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  97. Wow! Those are beautiful embroidery designs! Thanks for sharing.

    I'm a new follower. :-)

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  98. What beautiful embroidery designs. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  99. So beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  100. I am a follower via email. I love the technique you use for the first mug rug it is so beautiful!

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  101. gfc follower: nicolesender
    Like your embroidered mug rugs.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  102. Very unique and beautiful creations..

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  103. Beautiful! ANd I follow via email.

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  104. lovely mug rug and I'm a gfc follower

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  105. I love making things like you did with machine embroidery. Your rugs turned out beautifully. I am a follower!

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  106. A ideia foi é fantástica,parabéns.
    Seguidora gfc e E-mail.

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  107. Fabulous embroidery there - love both of them - thanks for sharing.

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  108. Pretty mug rug! My mom had a featherweight and I never understood the attraction to it but people who have them really seem to love them.

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  109. I'm a new follower thru Bloglovin! Yay! :)

    Love your Mug Rugs...they are Gorgeous!!! Wowie!!

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  110. Love your butterfly mug rug! Very cool! :)
    I'm a new follower via gfc! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  111. Beautiful mug rugs and how neat that they are machine embroidery!!

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  112. gorgeous mug rugs! I love the first with that fabulous embroidery. Great job. too bad I missed the giveaway, but I'm now a follower in my google reader. Thank you for sharing.

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