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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Share A Cup With Me :)



Stay awhile and share a cup . . .with me :)
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What is a Mug Rug?
 It is a mini quilt that is usually between
 the size of a coaster and a place-mat,
the perfect size for a cup of whatever you're drinking
 and a little snack.

They are also a great place to practice freehand quilting.

A great project for using up all those small scraps, too :) 


A small project to sample new techniques and designs in stitching:)


A small project to cut loose and be free spirited with,
and when completed . . . you are left with a functional piece of art :)

Tell me, what's better than that?




Maybe the pleasure of a friend,
and some quiet time together to just sit
&
enjoy each others company.


Keep Smiling,
Your blogging sister, Connie :) 
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49 comments:

  1. Your mug rugs turned out great, Connie! Love your Parisian rooster theme, and the blues and yellows are oh so French! What a great use of leftover bits of fabric:)

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    1. Hi Donna, thank you so much and thanks for stopping by to visit. I wish that we could sit awhile over a hot cup of coffee :)

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  2. Evening Connie, These little cup quilts are too sweet!! I especially love the hen in the basket! What a great gift idea! Hope you are staying warm.....our snow is melting- down from 8". We are having a heat wave starting Thurs.....50's and 60! Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, it sounds like you might have a very warm Christmas. Thanks for your sweet words . . . it would be great if I could ask you to stay awhile . . .while I pour us a hot cup of coffee and get the cookie jar down :)

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  3. darling mug rugs, connie! love the paris/chicken theme--works great with your pretty fabric:) merry christmas to you!

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    1. Good Morning Lynn, Thank you for the sweet compliment on my mug rugs. They are a lot of fun to make.
      Merry Christmas to you, too!

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  4. This is just so pretty! And just as pretty are the awsome cup and saucer, where did you get them?

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    1. Hi Ginny, I'm sure that I scored these cups and sauces at the Goodwill, but i've had them so long that I really don't remember for sure :)
      Thanks so much for visiting. I am drinking my morning coffee while typing this and looking out at a very pretty frosty morn.
      Merry Christmas!

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  5. Hi Connie, Well done with your mug rugs; something I have been meaning to have a go at. My New Year's resolution? More time in the sewing room. While things are a bit chilly in your neck of the woods, Down Under is shaping up to be another warm Christmas. Bring on the prawns (shrimp) and salad!

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    1. Hi Carolyn, okay . . . is having prawns and salad an Australian tradition at Christmas? Our family usually has ham at Christmas, but prawns sounds wonderful. I want to encourage you to make some mug rugs. They are a great little project for trying out new stitches and even quilting blocks. I love projects that use up scraps from the scrap pile, too. Merry Christmas and thanks so much for stopping by to visit :)

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    2. Hi Connie, Australian Christmases embrace all sorts of traditions. My family's Christmas lunch usually extends into the evening and can include turkey, ham, roast pork, assorted salads and prawns (of course). Mostly followed by stone fruit and watermelon (it is summer after all) and finally the pudding with custard. After which we all lie around groaning and loosening our belts and catching up on family gossip. The number of people involved can vary from year to year but it's always a great day! Hope you have a great Christmas with your loved ones.

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  6. What a lovely idea. I won't be able to resist making these today ;-)

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    1. Good Morning Lesley, it is great to have you visit. I'm sitting here having my morning cup of coffee and wishing that I could pour you a cup. We have not had our first snow yet, but the ground is white and the trees at sparkling with a heavy frost. It feels good to sit here sipping something hot and looking out the window :) Have a lovely day and Merry Christmas.

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  7. Oh I have seen mug rugs before but your mug rugs are the cutest!! My goodness you have a treasure of things you can make with that sewing machine, like a computer or card making, the ideas are endless and so is the creativity :)

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    1. Good Morning Louise, I have been having a lot of fun with this machine. It is fun to add a little bit of embroidery to this and that. I hope that I'm not over doing it :) These little rugs are a fun project and they make a great gift tucked in a basket with a pack of tea and yummy coffee flavor. Thank you for the lovely comment, I am delighted that you like them. Merry Christmas!

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  8. I have never seen a mug rug before but what better way to spend time than cozying up with a friend over a mini quilt and a hot cup of tea? These came out beautifully! And how freeing to be able to experiment on a smaller scale. They look professionally-done to me.

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    1. Good Morning Melanie, Thank you . . . it is very freeing to experiment on these smaller projects. If I mess up, no big deal, right :)
      I need to get to a place where I feel that way about the bigger projects, too. After all it wouldn't be handmade without a little imperfection.
      Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

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  9. How sweet, Connie! They are just darling and the perfect thing to have a cup with a dear friend. My Mother would have loved these - she loved country French and hens in baskets. I sure do miss her, especially this time of year. We always enjoyed a nice cup together. Hugs xo Karen

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    1. Good Morning Karen, Thank you for the sweet comment. This is a time of year when our heart grow full, with memories of those we love. My mama's birthday is coming up in a couple weeks. She passed on the day before her 100th birthday. So, I have had her in my heart a lot lately, too. She had a great life, filled with adventure, family and friends and someday I'll see her again. Here's to happy memories, God bless you :)

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  10. who knew a mug rug was all that? Well obviously you did...lol That is lovely. You're choice of colors and stitching are all perfect.

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    1. Good Morning Ann, Coming from you, I take that as a very nice compliment. Have you tried making any of these little rugs? They are a great way to use up your fabric scraps. Merry Christmas :)

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  11. I've never seen the point of endless pot holders and mug rugs - but yours do kind of have a point! And as a practice point for people new to machining or any other technique...yes, I'm coming round to them! (And I have my eye on your cup and saucer too, Connie!) Lxxx

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    1. Good Morning Lynne, well . . . to each his own. I agree they are a little fancy and not really needed, but they sure are fun to make and a great way to use scrapes and practice stitches on something of little importance. They say, "practice makes perfect" . . .but in my case "practice makes better" and I always have room to improve. I'm looking forward to the day I see a mug rug posted on your blog, maybe I'll be waiting a long awhile, LOL
      As for the cup and saucer . . . just another thrift store find. I've had them for years. Merry Christmas.

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  12. I love mug rugs and have made a few myself, but none as pretty as yours.

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    1. Good Morning Betty, You are so sweet . . . I'm sure that yours are every bit as pretty, especially if you look close at these, because you will see some imperfect stitchery :) Merry Christmas.

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  13. I would love to come and have a cup of coffee with you, especially if I can put my cup on one of your pretty mug rugs!

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    1. Hi Melanie, the coffee pot is on . . . come on over :)

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  14. Connie, just before I fell asleep last night I was thinking of mug rugs. Now you have inspired me with your oh-so-cute mug rug to get busy and try my hand at making one. Thank you, quilting/blogging sister! :)

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    1. Hi Nancy, you are going to love making them and think of all the scraps you have on hand . . . that makes these a great project:)

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  15. I've always been afraid to attempt quilting - maybe a mug rug is a good place to start? Good idea!

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    1. Hi Marie, I think that making a mug rug would be a great place to start. Also, making a small wall hanging or table runner :)

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  16. thats fabulous!
    wishing you and yours a magical Christmas~time
    love jooles x x x

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  17. What a clever idea. I love the colors in that mug.

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    1. Hi Carol, thanks . . . I sure have been enjoying your posts.
      Your table settings are so pretty and inspiring :)
      I can tell that you are having a lot of fun with them.

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  18. Well, I could make about a million mug rugs with all the scraps I have! Yours is beautiful and it has served to inspire me to do something with some of my scraps soon.

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    1. Good Morning Sherry, They are fun to make and good to have on hand for gifts . . . stick one in a basket with a coco mix and some cookies, a can of chicken soup and crackers (for a sick friend), or a box of Sleepy-time tea for that friend that's complaining of insomnia.
      They sure do add a little love to a get well card. Thanks for stopping by . . . i love company :)

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  19. what a sweet mug rug! I made a few with my daughter a few weeks back for a show, I really want to get into making some cute ones,wishing you a Blessed & Merry Christmas!
    Helen

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    1. Good Morning Helen, They are fun to make aren't they . . . good to have on hand for little gifts, too.

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  20. Dear Connie,
    Merry Christmas and a very Happy Healthy New Year to you and all your loved ones.

    Hugs,
    Gaby

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    1. Good Morning Gaby, Oh, I have been enjoying your beautiful soldered ornaments, you are so talented and they are amazing. Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too :)

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  21. Hello Connie,

    Thanks for commenting on, and following my blog. Your mug rugs are lovely. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    1. Hi Lorrie, thank so much for visiting and Merry Christmas to you, too. I'm happy that you liked my Mug Rugs :)

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  22. as soon as I am done with all the Christmas preps I will be getting my sewing machine out. I must use up my stash............My stash is huge. I cant see as well as I used to and so I really must get going with the sewing. I am following you now and will be back.
    Janice

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    1. Hell Janice, I am delighted to have you as a follower, thank you so much. I enjoy making new friends and sharing ideas. I'm very sorry to hear about your eye sight and will be putting you is my prayers.

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  23. Hi Connie(:)
    these are so darling...a perfect way to have your coffee ...
    Merry Christmas!!

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    1. You are so sweet, thank you and Merry Christmas to you, too :)

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  24. Merry Christmas...everything you make is so cute. I plan to be in Blogland so much more this coming year. May all your Days be Merry and Bright, Hugs, Mary

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    1. Good Morning Mary, it is wonderful to see you here. You are such a sweetie pie and a dear blogging friend. Merry Christmas :)

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