April Showers Blog Hop! Plus a giveaway

Welcome to Day 2 of the April Showers Mug Rug Blog Hop! Thank you to Sew at Home Mummy and Sew We Quilt for organizing and hosting the hop. I am so delighted to be participating because I love mug rugs and I love rain. Perfect, eh?

First I was going to make a mug rug using some of my rain fabric, but then I decided I wanted to do something less literal. So I designed this little mug rug around the quote “Count your rainbows, not your thunderstorms.” I began by making a contemporary and very modern rainbow, using some of my favorite fabrics (lots of Quilt Blocks by Ellen Luckett Baker). I paired this with a gorgeous charcoal grey linen. Then I hand embroidered on the quote.


(I turned that rectangle strip into a bookmark.)

rainbows mug rug2

From there, I stitched it all together with felt for a lining and a grey and white pinstripe for the backing.

rainbows mug rug

I love it!

I also had one square of some sweet Wellingtons fabric– the perfect starting point for another mug rug. I combined that with a yellow polka dot and a blue square of the Quilt Blocks fabric, and voila! Another mug rug with a rainy theme.

rainboots mug rug rainboots mug rug2

I love the rain, so this one captures the happy feeling a rainy day brings me. My Wee One and I love puddle jumping in our rainboots on rainy days.

Now for the giveaway!

I put together this little kit to make two generous sized coasters. There’s enough fabric for fronts and backs, plus felt for lining.

coaster kit giveaway

To enter, just leave a comment here on this post. (GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. I WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER SHORTLY.)

The winner is:

april giveaway


Kathy, I will be in touch momentarily. Thank you so much to everyone who entered! Your comments were wonderful, and I thank each and everyone of you for taking the time to leave one!

If you need an idea of something to say, how about telling me what your favorite rainy day activity is.

For a SECOND entry, follow my blog (email subscribe button in the side panel) (and leave me a comment here saying you did that). PLEASE make sure you leave an email address that you check regularly so I can get in touch with you if you win!

The giveaway ends Friday April 12th at 8am EST. I will announce the winner later that day.

Be sure to check out today’s other participants for the blog hop, too:

Gina @ Sew Much and More
Sharon @ Vroomans Quilts
Theresa @ Bumbleberry Stitches
Patti @ A Yankee in Queen Liz’s Court
Gene @ Gene Black – Alabama Artist
Susan @ Susan’s Scrappy Domain
Bente @ I Like to Quiltblog
Deb @ Quilting & Other Craft Therapy
Megan @ AnnieOak Designs  


187 thoughts on “April Showers Blog Hop! Plus a giveaway

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  3. I like that quote. Both of your mug rugs look great! If it’s a warm rain, sometimes I like to go out for a walk in the rain. Otherwise, I like to be cozy inside.

  4. What fun mug rugs! I love that fabric with the boots, and the coordinating fabrics that you choose.

  5. I love rainy days too. I love walking in the gentle showers, but on heavy thunderstorm rain, curling up with a book and quilt is delightful.

  6. Very adorable mug rugs! I like to cuddle under a quilt and nap on rainy days. Unfortunately, it doesn’t rain often here.

  7. I like the quote you used. I love to watch a thunderstorm come rolling in. Afterwards, I like to curl up and read a good book or if it is not too windy, go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air after the rain.

  8. If I’m in the country I like to have my sewing machine near a window and sew while watching the rain, and not feel guilty about not doing something outside.

  9. I had never heard that saying before. I’ll definitely have to remember it. Loved your mug rugs. Thanks

  10. Great mug rugs, I love the rainboots. When its a rainy day, I like to look at my flower books or seed catalogs.

  11. Wonderful mug rugs! That saying is a perfect reminder for a person even on ‘good’ days. The wellington fabric is ideal. Best rainy day activity…ha, well, sewing/quilting, of course. 🙂

  12. Love your mug rugs! Thanks for sharing with us! On rainy days, I like to quilt &
    do embroidery. Thanks for the chance to win!


  13. Love both your mug rugs! My favorite rainy day thing to do is either sew, read a good book and work in some pinterest time!

  14. Love your mug rugs and on rainy days I love to watch my all time favorite movie Gone with the wind.

  15. Love them both. Especially the one with the boots. So cute. When it rains, I love to take a nap after listening to the rain on the roof.

  16. Such cute mug rugs! Rainy days and crafting always go together! After your all crafted out it’s time to cuddle with a good book. Sounds like a perfect day to me 🙂

  17. Great mug rugs and what a nice sentiment, too! As far as favorite rainy day activities, well, I live in Oregon and rain is a pretty constant thing. I love a long walk on a misty morning and an afternoon by the fire…quilting, of course!

  18. What a beautiful saying, I haven’t heard it before. I love that you stitched it on your rug. Nice fabrics on both rugs.

  19. super cute, thanks for the chance. I love to read during the rain, but also it is a great time to quilt

  20. Your rugs are wonderful! The rainbow/thunderstorm quote was new to me, good one to try and follow. On a rainy day I like to make soup and then curl up under a quilt with a good book while it is simmering away. Thanks for sharing.

  21. What a clever idea. I like the hand-stitched quote especially.
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  22. LoVe these mug rugs, I like wearing my boots to go for walks, mine are leopard skin look. Sure beats getting wet feet. Thanks for the giveaway to make mug rugs.
    I follow now.

  23. I am a new follower (gotta love these blog hops to meet new people)! I have added you to Bloglovin’!

  24. First I have to say that your mug rugs are very sweet and thoughtful! Love those rubber boots!! When it rains I prefer to be inside… but once it clears, I really enjoy smelling the freshness!

  25. love the mug rugs. You are so talented. My favorite rainy day activity is either cleaning or sewing. WAIT – what did I just say? Cleaning – NOT!!

  26. I love them both. Very creative designs. You did a wonderful job putting those together. Rain – since we don’t get enough of it here, and it doesn’t last long when we get rain – well, what we do is get excited, drop everything and watch it until it’s over. Then take a deep breath and smell the clear fresh air.

  27. Great job ont he mug rugs. I think the rainbow one id definitely my favorite. You did a really good job on them. Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway.conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

  28. Janett, I follow you by email and enjoy all your posts. Beautiful mug rugs and I believe it might rain here in Seabrook today. I think…:) Thanks for sharing…Judith, Texas

  29. What a nice give away! Humm… my favorite lazy day activity is probably to take a nap on the loveseat, under a crinkly quilt, with my wife napping on the adjacent couch. And, of course, the kitties would be snuggled up with us too. Yep. That would be perfec. 🙂

  30. Cute mug rug. This has been a great hop so far. Love all the ideas you talented people are sharing. Thanks.

  31. I love the rain, so I tend to do the same exact things that I do on a sunny day! Thank you so much for the nice giveaway. 🙂

  32. I love the quote! Great mug rugs, both in their own way, the quote and the used fabric are a great combination!
    My favorite way of spending a rainy day? patching and quilting in my pj’s!
    Thanks for sharing!

  33. I love each of your rugs! I love rainy days! I love to curl up with a good book and a cat when it is raining, or clean house. I also love to take a walk in the rain. and I follow you

  34. Great mug rugs, thank you for sharing. I especially like the one with the wellies on, i still wear wellies in wet weather for dog walking. My favourite rainy day activity is to bake something nice to eat.

  35. Cute mug rugs! I love those boots! I used to like to read when it rained, but now I like to quilt. 🙂

  36. That middle fabric is one of my favorites and I don’t have any of it, Oh I hope I win, maybe if I click my flip flops together three times??? Love your mug rugs!!

  37. I love mug rugs too and have that same wellie print! I have it in green as well. It goes with a group that had donkeys wearing the boots. Too funny! While I love rainboots and umbrellas I really HATE rain. It was nice when we lived in Albuquerque because it rarely ever rained. Give me sunshine every day and I’ll be happy. It can rain at night when I’m asleep and don’t know it. Thanks for the list of othere swappers. Can’t wait to check them out.

  38. Rainy day activity? Curl up with a book. Your Wellington mug rug made me smile. Nice job.

  39. Great mug rug – I love it!
    We could do with some rain here – but when it does come I know I’ll quickly get fed up with it! but at least it’s a good excuse to stay in and sew!

  40. Love the quote. What I do on rainy days..I sew, read and watch tv. Thanks for sharing your great mug rugs and for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

  41. I love the rain! WE definitely do not get enough in Phoenix! I love to bake cookies and sew on rainy days! Thanks for sharing your rugs! I like to drink coffee too – but that’s any day!

  42. Oh I love your mug rugs and the quote! The stitchery looks awesome! There’s a couple of things that come to mind that I like to do on a rainy day, if I’m not sewing then I’m napping! Thanks for participating and inspiring us today!

  43. I love both of your mug rugs, but especially the rainbow one with the quote. I need something like that as a daily reminder!

  44. Love them both!!!
    I like a nice cup of decaf and a good book when it rains:) A bit of chocolate is also welcome:)

  45. Love the mug rugs. I am getting so many ideas I don’t know where to start. I bought 2 color ways of the wellington fabric this weekend. My granddaughter loves rain boots. I will have to make this.

  46. What a great job you did! The quote is wonderful. I’ll have to use that!
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  47. Your mug rugs are sew cute. I love the message on the rainbow one. The rain boot fabric is adorable. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win the coaster kits … 🙂 Pat

  48. I’m a new old follower. i used to follow and then somehow lost the connection, but I’m now back. Thanks for sharing

  49. I love your mug rugs. You did a great job with them. I haven’t heard that saying before but it goes so well with the theme. Thank you so much for sharing. On rainy days, I love to read.

  50. I like your mug rugs. They are great. If I were more limber I love hearing the rain hit the tent while sleeping outdoors. Haven’t done that for over 30 years, but still remember the sound.

  51. What a nice job you’ve done on your mug rugs–the quote with the rainbow was a great combination. And I love that boot fabric!

  52. Wonderful mug rugs. My favorite rainy day thing to do now is to read a book or do some hand embroidery while I enjoy being out of the rain. We used to go splash in puddles when the kids were little and that was so much fun. Love that boot fabric. I made pillow cases with it and my daughter just loved them too.

  53. Lovely sentiment on “count your rainbows”. The other one with the rain boots is just plain fun in its fabric choices. Well done!

  54. I like the curve in your mug rug and your stitching is beautiful. The rain boots are very cute, too, and make me want to run outside and jump in a puddle (it’s been raining here.) Love both your mug rugs!

  55. My favorite rainy day activity is sewing, of course. Wait, that’s my favorite any day activity…

  56. Je hebt mooie placemats gemaakt! De stof met de laarsjes past heel goed bij het thema paraplu, goed gevonden!

  57. my favorite rainy day activity? we love to have movie days. popcorn. big down comforters. the whole family piled on the sofa. sometimes i can find some chocolate that’s been stashed just for this… or I might make rice crispy treats… and every once in a blue moon, i’ll even buy a soda… (we don’t drink sodas as a rule…. no HFCS or artificial sweeteners….)

  58. The rainbow mug rug is a lovely idea, and wellies for puddle jumping with my son and now my grandson.

  59. I love the idea of the hand embroidered saying – and this saying is new to me, and wise! I love the mug rug!

  60. 🙂 These are great! After I have my morning tea I am going to be experimenting with the technique you used with the top mug rug! Thank you for sharing how you creted the top! And those adorable little boots.oh my! Those are puddle stompers if I ever saw them. 🙂

  61. These are adorable and I especially like the rainbow mug rug. Thanks for sharing your creations with us today!

  62. Wow, never been number 1 before! I love your mug rugs. The youngest at home is 7, it used to be puddle stomping now it is truck in the mud pit, very filthy activity but we wash up! Thank you for the giveaway!

  63. I had never heard of that quote – sticky note on the computer now! I love the Welly fabric and how cute in a mug rug. Thank you for sharing today.

  64. Great quote, never heard it before. The boots are just perfect for this hop. Both of your rugs are wonderful. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  65. What great mug rugs! Thanks for sharing. My favorite rainy day thing to do? Well, if I’m at work…then I sew….but if I’m home and it’s pouring down rain…I must confess there is nothing better than curling up with my favorite quilt and a good book!

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