Thursday, April 11, 2013

April Showers Raindrop Mug Rug

My Spring Showers Mug Rug
 
A Raindrop!

When I read about the
 
I knew right away that I wanted to make a shaped mug rug
and this raindrop image popped right into mind.
 
This mug rug pattern is my own design.
May you enjoy and want to make one of your own.
I you do, please send me and email and link back to my original design.

To make my raindrop mug rug, I used my
 

 
from
 
 The "jewel" shape from this ruler looks
just like a raindrop to me!
 
S0 this design shape was sew easy to make!
 
These are my fabrics.
The print is a fat quarter
(that was a freebie from my favorite LQS)
from
I love this fabric line!
Wish I had more.
The other fabrics are Kona solids, 10" squares and scraps from my stash.

Marti Mitchell Stripper Template

Edit:  I had an email question about the smaller ruler I used in these shaped mug rugs.  It is from the Stripper Templates @ Marti Mitchell
There are two other shapes in this packet and they are great for cutting from 2.5 inch strips and scraps and charms.
I have had these rulers for some time so I made use of them. 
You could cut the same size shapes from the Hex'n'More ruler.

To read how I cut the small jewel shape with the large ruler click  HERE
 
I cut one "jewel" Raindrop and 1" strips of the colors as needed.

I sewed in rounds like a log cabin block.
 
I trimmed and squared each round with the Hex N More ruler.
 

 
Round #1 trimmed and my strips laid out as planned for the rounds.
Katniss helps :)

Continued sewing rounds.

Squared after each round.

Pressed each strip outward as I sewed.
Katniss Approves.

The Hex N More was a useful tool.
 
Last round
 
Backing
I cut backing from the fat quarter using my straight ruler to cut as it needed to be larger than the template.
 
Sandwiched.

I used a light green variegated top thread.
Katniss helps me thread for the quilting.


Quilting is straight line. 
I outlined the center motif and then made a
sunburst type pattern rotating outward.

Machine stitched the double fold binding,
2.25 strips cut from the fat quarter. 


Hand-sewing the binding to the back


Done!
 
Thanks for visiting me today for the
Please visit all my blogging friends who are participating in this hop today:
 
THURSDAY, APRIL 11th
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!

Thanks to
 
Madame Samm @ Sew We Quilt
 
and to our lovely cheerleader,
 
Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy
 
  for creating and hosting and organizing this lovely blog hop for spring!

Giveaway Time!

Fat Quarter Giveaway

This is the main fabric in my mug rug.  I love this fabric line from Moda. 
It is Simply Color by  V & Co.

For a chance to win, please leave my quilty kitties and I one comment. We love comments!

Two winners will be drawn and each will receive one FQ.
 
You do not need to be a follower to win.

I will send these Fat Quarters anywhere in the world.

 
Winners will be chosen at random.

Please be sure that I have a way to contact you by email to tell you that you have won and to get your mailing address. If you are a no reply blogger, I will pick another random winner.

For a 2nd chance to win be a follower and leave me a second comment telling me you are.

For a THIRD CHANCE TO WIN,
read the NEXT POST, which is also an April Showers Mug Rug and leave one comment on that post.

This giveaway will close at Midnight EDT on April 18th.

Winners will be announced and emailed on April 19th.

Best of luck! 
 
I could not stop at just one.
My post would have been too long to include all the pictures in one post ...
 
 So for my second 
April Showers Raindrop Mug Rug Tutorial
 
and another chance to win the FQ...

Scroll down to read the next post
or click HERE, too!



I am really enjoying my new mug rugs

Linking up with ...



Thanks for visiting my Scrapatch!

:-)
 

161 comments:

  1. How simply clever of you! I think it is just brilliant and thank you for sharing.

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  2. LOVE!!!! What a great mug rug - and I'm so excited...I have that wonderful ruler - thanks for the step by step super instructions!

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  3. Eu gostei muito deles,seus tapetes são lindos e inovadores,parabéns.

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  4. Seguidora GFc,eBlogovin.Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  5. Once again you did an awesome job and made a tutorial for us, you are the best! I am a very Happy Follower. but will put my name in only once, okay! of to read your post below and probably pin for later reference. :)

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  6. What a wonderful mug rug, love the rain drop look! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. I am a follower GFC!
    jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  8. Can I just say --- Awesome! I love it! I always wondered how to use on of those rulers. Thanks for the tutorial and showing off your mug rugs!

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  9. How clever! Just love your mug rug and the colors are just wonderful!!

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  10. I'm know following through Linky Followers.

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  11. Lovely, really nice and different! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

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  12. so cute. what a origenal way of using the april showers. thanks for showing

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  13. What a great idea. I love your mug rug very much.

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  14. A great idea making a raindrop mug rug. And thanks for the tutee. I think I must order a hex ruler
    Thanks for sharing your creativity

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  15. That is an inspired choice of shape, thanks for sharing!

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  16. Super cool!!
    Love the mug rug....great design !..and i love the fabric!
    Please toss my name into the giveaway pot :-)

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  17. ohhh that is stunning! Love the quilting on this one too. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I love your mug rugs, the shape and your explanation, I followed with great interest. The Hex N More looks like a great tool! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Very clever idea and love Katniss helping you.

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  20. What a gorgeous mug rug and so clever! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  21. That is a fun idea and looks very lovely!

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  22. What a unique idea for a mug rug! Love it!

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  23. Very creative and simplified with the ruler...nice job. The fabric is just gorgeous...enjoy your day.

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  24. How creative! Love the mug rug. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. What a fabulous mug rug - I love it!!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  26. That shape is such a clever idea, and super execution of what looks to me to be a very complicated construction!

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  27. Love your mug rug - thanks for the quick tutorial.

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  28. I'm a follower. Thanks again.

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  29. Amazeing and creative...I am following along via Bloglovin...Love the fabrics. And I think the quilting is perfect.

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  30. Oh this is just so cute...I love the color and shape

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  31. Those are fantastic! Very unique and I agree, it reminds me of a raindrop too. Lovely quilting!

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  32. I'm a follower with Bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. So unique. Your fabric choice is just wonderful. So glad you shared.

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  34. I am a follower. Your blog keeps me on the ball to try new things.

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  35. Great drip! Very clever to use this unique shape. Thanks for the giveaway too!

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  36. And, yes, I'm a follower! Happy Hopping today!

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  37. Lovely and it does look like a raindrop. How clever of you! THX for the "how to's"

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  38. Started following on an earlier hop. THX for the opportunity to win some of the lovely fabric you used in your piece!

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  39. Great idea for the raindrop shape! Love the texture of your quilting!

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  40. Pat,
    That is one BIG raindrop! :)
    I like the sunny beach oasis in the middle of your raindrop. Thanks for sharing! Beulah

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  41. Oh Pat, this is just DARLING!! You did a fantastic job. And I LOVE SC too :) I need to get more of it too ;)

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  42. Oh my word....this is brilliant...yes it is....you made it look so easy although at first glance it looks very complicated... but easy now with your great tut...
    ohhh and take a peak over there...lol

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  43. I have to entered, I need more SC fabric...lol, you know I follow you :D

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  44. What a great idea! Two unique, beautiful mug rugs. Very creative.

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  45. Very clever and very nice job,,,just love it!,

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  46. Oooh, this would make such a pretty quilt!!

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  47. I love the unique shape and dramatic quilting on your mug rugs! These will draw attention in a room! Thanks for sharing.

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  48. This is my favourite - such a creative idea :-)

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  49. Beautiful! Love your "rain drop" Congratulations on being in the top two for today. Great job.

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  50. Such a beautiful raindrop..love your stitching, too! I've never seen that ruler--very interesting shape. :O)

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  51. So very creative! I really like the 'raindrop' shape of your mug rugs.

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  52. What a cute idea! And thanks for the great tutorial!

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  53. What a clever idea and what a beautiful mug rug! It looks just like a raindrop with the shape and the fabrics you used. Very nice.

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  54. Fantastic idea! It looks awesome! Thanks for showing us how you made the mug rug! Thanks for participating and inspiring us! Thanks for the giveaway too!

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  55. Pat ! Over the top creative ! Great job ! I REALLY want to buy a machine just like yours, I've even test driven one. Would you mind telling me what you like and dislike about yours, please. Thanks

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  56. That's a great rain drop and a wonderful mug rug!

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  57. Your mug rug is awesome!!!! I love the rain drop shape!!!!! Thanks for the chance

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  58. LOVE the raindrop shape. I love all your raindrops. Would of been perfect to have raindrops keep fallin' on my head playing.

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  59. How creative you are! Your mug rug is so gorgeous! Great job. I really love it. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  60. And of course I am a follower.

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  61. What a clever mug rug! Thank you for the tutorial. I love both of them--beautiful work.

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  62. I totally love how you made your rain drop mug rug..

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  63. What a beautiful mug rug! My eyes popped when I opened your blog. You are very creative. Thank you for sharing.

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  64. Wow what a lovely idea, it is raining at the moment but I am safe and dry at home.

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  65. I am now following you on bloglovin.

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  66. Great raindrop shape, lovely colours, great quilting! And thanks for showing how you made it.

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  67. Creative idea for a mug rug. I think I need that ruler. Thanks for sharing.

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  68. Of course, I am a happy follower.

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  69. Amazing mug rug! I just love the shape, and thanks for the tutorial!

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  70. WOW, stunning, you are marvelously creative. I want a Hex ruler, and Love that fabric, my favorite colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  71. I am following you, thanks for the great mug rug.

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  72. Oh my I love the mug rug! What a great idea.

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  73. Loved the raindrop mug rug and all that quilting should make it really sturdy. Very pretty fabric too. Enjoyed seeing Katniss help. My cat usually jumps onto my sewing chair if she knows I am going to sew.

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  74. Your mug rug is one of the most original I've seen since the blog hop has started! I love it! Wow is beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial!!!
    Marisa.

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  75. I just discovered your blog through this blog hop and now I'm following you via GFC and bloglovin, my day to participate in this blog hop is on April 15, nice to meet you.
    Marisa from
    http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

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  76. Very cute mug rug! Such a great idea to make the entire rug a raindrop. Your quilting is just perfect.

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  77. I absolutely love your raindrop mug rug. What a clever idea. And I love the song you have playing in the background. Raindrops Keep Falling and Somewhere Over the Rainbow...
    Great job!!

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  78. I've become a "FOLLOWER" of your blog!!

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  79. Wow. Amazing. Lovely stitching and great colors. The instructions are wonderful too.

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  80. How creative a rain drop. Thanks for sharing your creativity and for a lovely give-away.

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  81. Your mug rug actually made me gasp; I love it! It looks so much like a raindrop and the colors are wonderful. Loved your quilting stitches - perfect.

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  82. I follow with Google FC and Reader.

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  83. I did visit your next post and left a comment. I wasn't sure if I should leave one here or there but I've done both so guess it's covered. :)

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  84. That is a stunning mug rug! Love the shape!

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  85. Sew creative! Love your idea and I will have to look for my Marti Mitchell ruler and follower your tutorial. Sweet and love your rain drop. Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

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  86. Sew creative! Love your idea and I will have to look for my Marti Mitchell ruler and follower your tutorial. Sweet and love your rain drop. Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

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  87. My kitty is also fascinated watching me sew.

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  88. Love this idea even more than the bib (if that's possible) - You are soooo creative with your finishing !!

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  89. I LOVE your mug rug AND your choice of song! I am laughing out loud! I WISH raindrops were falling on my head. We're in our 3rd year of drought and our cows need grass desperately. If your mug rug will promise us rain, I'll make a million of them! Very clever!

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  90. You are so crafty! The raindrops are amazing!

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  91. I love that FQ its so pretty. I like that it is shaped.

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  92. I am a follower via google.

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  93. Wow love it!!! I have her ruler and would never of thought to use it like you did!
    Tahnk you!!!!!

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  94. Your mug rug is very original - love it!!! Thanks for sharing in the blog hop too!

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  95. I love the colour combination you picked. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  96. Great mug rug idea. I love the color combination!

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  97. I'm also a follower. Thanks for the chance.

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  98. dear Kitties,
    I love your human's pretty mug rug. I just know you helped her.
    cheers maggie

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  99. Amazing mug rug! Great job of thinking out of the box to make the shape into a raindrop. Wonderful job.

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  100. I am a new follower. Thanks for sharing.

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  101. Fabulous mug rug...what a creative way to use those jelly rolls!

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  102. A unique shape for a mug rug and I love it. Also goes along with the theme....raindrop shape.
    itskarenk at yahoo dot com

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  103. Very clever unique design and I love the pretty fabric! Congrats on being in the top 3 today! I was in the top 3 yesterday and feel very honored! This has been fun hop so far!

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  104. Brilliant, simply brilliant. Congrats on being todays pick.

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  105. Awesome mug rug. Love the colors and the quilting.

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  106. Beautiful and how creative of you! Thanks for sharing with us today.

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

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  108. Who says you have to be hip to be square - love your rut

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  109. What a smart cookie you are! Love your mug rug and your tutorial.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  110. Love the raindrop mug rugs! Very different and special.

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  111. I'm a new follower via BlogLovin. Found you thru this hop.

    Thanks again for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  112. You did an incredible job on that mug rug! I love seeing all of the different ideas.

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  113. What a idea. Looks time consumning but beautiful. 3bakergirlsgo@gmail.com

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  114. So incredible! Thank you for sharing with us. :)

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  115. I love the mug rug -- and it DOES look like a rain drop!

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  116. lovely work thanks for sharing!!

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  117. What a great interpretation of the theme! I have six cats myself and they are all avid quilters. One of them, however, objects to the machine being left threaded so I have to cover my machines when I leave them or I find a thread trail through the house!

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  118. Oops, sorry, forgot to leave my contact info pbstrand@msn.com

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  119. Wow! That is so pretty! I have seen this ruler, but it wasn't used in the way you did. That is so creative. Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win.

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  120. So pretty, love the colors! Thanks for the giveaway..

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  121. Love your Mug Rug! What a wonderful creation! I have not been able to be on the computer much this week and just had a chance to catch up.

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  122. Thanks for sharing the tutorial for you raindrop.

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  123. I love the unique shape of your mug rug. Such a clever idea! Love the color choices too. Nice job.

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  124. Your raindrop mug rug is fabulous! Great tutorial, thank you for sharing and the chance to win!

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  125. Absolutely beautiful - I love it! Fantastic use of the template - and very Spring-y :) Thanks for participating in the hop with us!

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  126. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm sure I'll be coming back for future reference! What a fun, original idea. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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  127. I missed telling you that I am a follower...ooops!

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  128. Oh its lovely - I love the idea of a raindrop and also the fabrics you have used. Well done on getting in the top three! Thanks for sharing.

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  129. Love the raindrop shape and the quilting in starburst. Congrats on being one of the chosen.

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  130. Thanks for the tut. I am a follower.
    :-)

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  131. Love your Mug rug!! Very Creative to make a Raindrop!! :) Thanks for showing how that ruler works too...have it on my Wish List!

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  132. I just signed up to follow thru Bloglovin! You have an great Blog...don't want to miss anything! :)

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  133. I really love your idea of the raindrop shaped rugs. Very creative and very nicely done. Thanks so much for sharing them.

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  134. This giveaway is now closed.

    Thanks sew much to everyone who stopped by and left some many kind comments. Each and every one is much appreciated. Looking forward to the next hop!

    Winner will be announced soon.

    Best of Luck! ... :) Pat

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  135. Wow, this is just awesome!!

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  136. From Spain.I do follow by email!!.

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