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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

It's MUG RUG DAY



Oh boy I was having conniptions last night.  My mug rug was going so wrong and I just couldn't figure out how to fix it.  Here is what it looked like



and you can see how many times I tried to catch the piece of material that I couldn't.  So I wrote to Erin and said please move me in sheer panic and then as I was in bed this morning I thought all of a sudden I could fix this by undoing it and redoing it because the fabric wasn't actually too small.  So I got up early (well for me anyway) took my best and best friend right now - my seam ripper - and went for it.  Would you believe that less than an hour later here is it


Not perfect but it does depict April here in England almost except we haven't been having rain this April but SNOW!!! It's unbelievable.  We had no summer last year and now we aren't having any Spring and Spring is my favorite season.  Never mind it usually rains here in April so I thought what better to represent April than Showers in England in April.

I hope you like what I made - it's okay and not perfect but at least I had another go at binding.  I will have to do loads more before  get my two quilts back from the Long Arm Quilter.

Thank you so much for coming to my blog and seeing what a hash I made of this mug rug but do stay and have a look at what else I've done and I will be showing my latest blocks and quilt tops really soon.


Be sure to visit the others and leave comments! :-)

TUESDAY, APRIL 9th
Theresa @ Bumbleberry Stitches   (That’s Me :-) )
I really should have said that this pattern was designed by The Patchsmith who lives here in England YAY!!! You can find the pattern here and she has some more lovely ones that I have purchased as well.

See you soon
Patti xxx
American by birth and MOUTH
but British in every other way
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103 comments:

  1. Snow in April indeed. Love the spring scene on your mug rug, great that you could fix it!

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  2. I love your sweet little mug rug. I am glad you figured out the binding. Sometimes walking away for a bit and coming back helps. Keep practicing.

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  3. I think your mug rug looks great! I'm really awful at binding and I usually have to redo several times. I tried a no binding technique with my mug rug and I messed that up too. I had to take it apart and redo. To be honest, I rarely make anything that I don't mess up. My projects only look good cause I have mastered the art of fixing mistakes, I have over 20 years of practice, lol. Also you might want to take the "that's me" off from beside my name since this is your blog. ;)

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  4. Welll good for you for persevering....it looks pretty good.....

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  5. It looks like april. Love your little mug rug!

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  6. Our weather hasn't been much better. Thanks for sharing your project - nice!

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  7. It's always nice to know I'm not the only one that has to try and try again! Great job.

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  8. We all have times like that I think, but how satisfying when we work out the solution. As for spring here in England, it's crazy isn't it? Snow last week, today I have windows wide open!

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  9. I know how frustrating that binding can be sometimes, but you weathered through--good for you and yay for that seam ripper! I love your April scene and that little mug rug looks perfect to me. Thanks for hopping with us!

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  10. we're still trying to get rid of the snow too...have a little forecast for the weekend. It is ridiculous!! You ended up with a nice mug rug.

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  11. Funny how ideas and problem solvers come to us at night. Glad you got your binding issue resolved. The mug rug is sweet.

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  12. Mine isn't perfect either, but that is okay. Yours looks great. I love the design.

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  13. Patti,
    I am so very glad I decided to pop back in one more time for a visit...your post wasn't up earlier this morning when I dropped in for a chat. Your mug rug is precious with both the sun and spring rain shower! Last Thursday here in my neck of the woods our temperature High was only 35* and we too had SNOW in April! Today, no SNOW just beautiful sunny skies and a 'normal' High of 81* which is much closer to normal!
    Beulah

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  14. Your mug rug is great.....I'm glad you stuck to it and finished it! My seam ripper is one of my most used tools. (Unfortunately!) Thanks for sharing!

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  15. So cute...love the sun and the rain...I have fits with binding too! So I pay a lady at my LQS to do mine...cheating I know! Thank you for sharing your beautiful mug rug with us.

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  16. Oh it is very cute and looks perfect to me. What would a spring shower be without the sun...great job.

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  17. Sweet! I recognize the pattern because I used another one by the same person for mine tomorrow. Love it!

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  18. Oh Lovely, I am so glad you got it posted, I would have been sad if I missed, I like the rainbow colors you used for the top portion too!

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  19. Love the use of 30's and the sun - makes me happy

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  20. I have SO been there!! It came out really cute and very cheery!!

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  21. well done for managing to fix it up - I think I would have given up! I love it :-)

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  22. well done for managing to fix it up - I think I would have given up! I love it :-)

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  23. I think you did a wonderful job. I love the colors and the design. Sometimes we just need to walk away from a project for a while to make everything come out right. I am glad that you didn't give up. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  24. I admire your persistence in sticking with the project. There are just some days when things don't go as well as we hope but you hung in there and got past it. Hooray! I think that helps us grow as quilters in the long run and sometimes leads to "happy accidents" in design. Lovely mug rug, Patti--and done!

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  25. What a lovely bright mug rug! Glad you figured out how to fix it. I'm sure your binding skills will get better the more you do.

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  26. Good for you on fixing the little mug rug. I would have given up by then. Very cute and great fabrics. Our spring has been so slow in coming with those wonderful colors that I need to see all those cheery fabrics.

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  27. I think your mug rug turned out just great! I love the rainbow, the cloud, the sun, the whole thing! Good luck at practicing your bindings--it's not hard and you'll quickly become a pro!

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  28. I am so glad you were gutsy enough to show your mistake. Great fix and a great mugrug. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Oh Patti, I've been there with sewing projects but ideas seem to come to us during the night. You did a great job. Love the mug rug. Maybe it will bring rain or showers here in central Texas, as well.

    ;-]

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  30. It does depict spring so well. The rainbow is so cute. I hope your weather warms up a bit for all of you. It has been such a long winter.

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  31. Your little mug rug is so cute! Thanks for sticking to it and finishing this one!

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  32. Love your design and it's made better by a good story of creation :) thanks for sharing today!

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  33. Aren't you glad you stuck with it? It turned out so cute! Great job!
    I hope you get your spring weather soon!

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  34. It's adorable Patti! Your process was just like the weather...not perfect like we always wish it to be, but we try to make the best of it and enjoy what we can, and hopefully it turns out OK!

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  35. YAY PATTI!!! It turned out wonderfully! It really captures what "April" *usually* means, lol, I'm sorry bout all of the snow. :(
    Thanks for participating in the hop!
    xox
    Erin

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  36. During the nights we have the best ideas. A lovely mug rug.

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  37. I think your mug rug is perfectly lovely. Thank you for sharing ... :) Pat

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  38. Lovely your mug rug.
    Thanks for sharing
    Frederika

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  39. I am so glad you came up with the solution. It is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. Getting so many ideas and I think I might be hooked on mug rugs now....

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  40. Looks good to me:) ha ha!!!
    It is funny how when we step away from something it becomes clearer what we need to do:)

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  41. Your mug rug is so cute. Thanks for sharing

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  42. Way to stick with it! It turned out great. We'd use that at my home any day :) Thanks for sharing!

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  43. If at first you don't succeed!! Great job and super cute!

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  44. Your post was lovely, and real. It turned out very nice!

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  45. So cute! We've all been there with projects (many times for me!). You worked it out beautifully.

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  46. Super sweet! A perfect depiction of the weather - except you are missing the snow!

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  47. It turned out great! Thanks for sharing with us all!

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  48. Oh! I love your mug rug! I'm sorry to hear of the frustration, as I can totally relate to what you were going through! I'm glad you were able to work through it, sometimes we have to walk away or sleep on it! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

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  49. Your mug rug is really cute! I so appreciate the post about it too -- seems like every once in awhile everything that I do in my workroom is a disaster, and (like you) when I go back and look at what happened, the solutions are often pretty easy -- time gives me enough perspective to find a solution.

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  50. So pretty...Love it. Thanks for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

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  51. Love your mug rug! We all have days when everything goes wrong, but if you hang in there, it works out! Thank you for sharing.

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  52. Great mug rug Patti!
    We really need some rain don't we??
    Thanks for sharing!

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  53. Sometimes giving it a little time and space makes all the difference. Your mug rug came out really well.

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  54. What a lovely mug rug. Your tenacity has paid off with a lovely rug to enjoy. Sometimes we just have to get to know our seam rippers as close friends to get to the finish with a job well done. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  55. Love your mug rug! We are having snow right now, oh where is Spring! Again, nice work!

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  56. Love it! THANK YOU!!! Often we only see how perfect it goes for everyone..then I try and it doesn't work! Not that I am glad it gave you conniptions--but so glad to know that others have troubles too! Thank you for sharing!!! (We have a winter weather advisory for snow tonight-I need all glimpses of Spring I can get!)

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  57. How clever with the rain. Love it.

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  58. Your mug rug is lovely! I'm glad you persevered. Thank you for sharing.

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  59. A really cute mug rug Patti...love the 'rain' stitching coming from the cloud!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  60. I especially love the rain quilted from the cloud! It is so frustrating when it doesnt work quite as expected!

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  61. I love what you made! Sometimes a bit of imperfection is well, perfect!

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  62. I think you made a darling mug rug, love the sunshine on it! I hope spring will start soon for you, the weather is making jokes with us, we also had snow when there shouldn't be. But today I had lunch on a terras of a lunchroom, so there is hope for more springlike weather. Thanks for sharing.

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  63. Interesting combination of fabrics and quilting - all together give beautiful effect :)

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  64. This is a cute mug rug. I went to the site you got the pattern and she has many nice patterns. Thanks for sharing.

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  65. Your mug rug is beautiful. I love it! The important thing is that we always learn something. You did a beautiful mug rug! I just discovered your blog through this blog hop and now I'm following you with GFC and bloglovin, my day to participate in this blog hop is on April 15, now I will continue to visit the other participants.
    Thanks for sharing your creation with us!
    Marisa :)

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  66. Love all the fabric! Sweet...I have many of those imperfections and the my best friend too (ripper) give it a go when I am lost for words redoing...... Beautiful mug rug. Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

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  67. Está lindo!!!Acho que se estressou a toa,era só dormir um pouquinho...Sua tapete ficaria bem na minha mesa....

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  68. I think you did a great job. Thank youf ro shareing it with us.

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  69. Oh it is very adorable. You made a nice fix and no one would have known. Thanks for sharing your blunders; it makes a beginner's beginner like me feel much better.

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  70. glad you made it and your mug rug is so cute!

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  71. Patti, Mug Rugs are the best way to learn how to bind a quilt. How do I know this? I made a mess of many a mug rug before I perfected, wink wink, the process. It's better than when I first started. Nice job and I hope you get some spring weather.
    Gmama Jane

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  72. Your mug rug is sweet no matter what! We're not having much of a spring here in Canada either... some expect that we'll still have snow in May! Sigh....

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  73. Congratulations on sticking it out and finishing your mug rug. It turned out nicely. Sorry you are having such crummy weather.
    swalker287 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  74. Great job, love the sun. thanks for sharing with us your vision.

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  75. Snowstorm in tomorrow's forecast...where oh where is SPRING?! Good job on sticking with your mug rug and making it work. I like how you have the stitching representing rain coming out of the cloud. Thanks for sharing.

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  76. Cute mug rug! Thanks for sharing.

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  77. I am glad you got that figured out-it turned out adorable.

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  78. How many times have we said-go to sleep, things will look better in the morning.? Well, great save. Did you have enough snow to make a snowman?

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  79. Your mug rug is great! One of the things I love a out mug rugs is they provide a great learning experience n a small project.

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  80. Snow in April and to think when I was there May before last it was sunny and warm...your weather is as changeable as my Oregon weather! Thanks for sharing your mug rug!

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  81. 'sleeping on it' is such good advice to give yourself! worked very well ... you have a cute myugrug!

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  82. You didn't make a hash of that at all! It is so cute! I am glad you shared it with us.

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  83. Very cute Patti, thanks for sharing

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  84. Lovely rug, I'm glad you got the problem fixed!

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  85. I can always find my mistakes but still enjoy the project. Cute! Life is full of imperfections.

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  86. Your mug rug turned out great in spite of the problem you had with it. Love the colors.

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  87. I love how your quilting lines look like rain coming from the cloud!

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  88. yay you did it! I think most of us have been there! it turned out great!

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  89. Very sweet. I'm so glad you were able to come up with a solution. Yep, we quilters are always in need of a good seam undoer!

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  90. Some of my best projects are a team effort -- me and my seam ripper! Great job!

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  91. It is lovely! Great design and fabric choices. Thanks for sharing.

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  92. Despite your troubles, your mug rug turned out fantastic! I love the way you quilted rain out of the cloud. So cute.

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  93. Great mug rug. I love the stitched rain. Glad you stuck with it and fixed your problem. Thanks for sharing.

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  94. Persistence gave you a very cute mug rug. Glad you kept stitching.

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  95. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  96. Your appliqued sun and cloud are so delightful! It makes me smile! Thanks for sharing.

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  97. Well done for carrying on to the finish! It looks great and fresh as Spring. Keep up the good work!

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  98. Yay for a great finish! I love to see a rainbow on a rainy day. It is snowing here in Alberta today too. Very depressing spring weather. I should go sew a rainbow.

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  99. Great mug rug - I love the scene you have made. The weather here is really strange at the moment isn't it - hopefully we have seen the last of the snow now though!

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Patti xxx