When the April Showers Mug Rug Blog Hop was announced it was a quick "YES Please!!" for me. Then I thought... and thought... and thought some more about what to make. So many ideas - probably too many ideas!
I came across this line of fabric at Connecting Threads a few weeks ago and thought it would be fun to play with.
Here is the first mug rug I made. After looking through the fabrics I decided I wanted to show off the galoshes and the umbrella girls print. I didn't want to cut them too small so decided on this layout and added the border fabrics. I found a pretty light aqua Sulky rayon thread in my drawer and decided to try for a "driving rain" effect. We had a rain mixed with snow shower the day before here in Minnesota so I added the random lines of snowflakes.
I sketched out a pattern and paper pieced the background to show the progression of our typical summer storm. I have been wanting to play with applique on my new Juki F600 aka Julia so I found my fusible and fussy cut the umbrella girls. Doesn't Julia have a pretty buttonhole stitch!
Border #1 - cut (2) 1.25" x 3.5" strips and (2) 1.25" x 5" strips
Border #2 - cut (2) 1.25" x 5" strips and (2) 1.25" x 6.5" strips
Side Panel Fabric - cut a 3.5" x 6.5" rectangle
Thanks so much to Madame Samm and Erin for their wonderful efforts putting this fun Hop together! Please take some time to visit these talented quilters who have created mug rugs for your viewing pleasure today.