Monday, August 10, 2015

April Showers Mug Rug Hop

Note: This was a previous post - was deleting pictures no longer available and it updated with today's day. Oops! Hope to get back to quilting real soon!

Today is my day to participate in the April Showers Blog Hop. Mug Rugs are one of my favorite things to make. There is no limit as to what you can make. I think they are a great way to try a new technique before you commit to a full sized quilt. How many of us started a quilt to find out we didn't like it or got bored? Hence a lovely collection of UFO's!

Thought this lovely guy would be great to wake up to.
Rise & Shine!


 Recently, I met Nina at the San Diego VA Hospital. We had both entered their yearly Veterans Fine Arts, Applied Arts and Crafts Competition. She is quite the artist and not only entered three quilts but also entered other art categories. She placed first in her quilting category and I also placed first in another quilting category. Our quilts are on their way to the next level of competition. If you win at the National Level, the prize is an all expense paid trip to Reno for a week. Once there, you not only attend various art classes, but you also get to go on tours throughout the area. I am so hoping I win! What an opportunity. 

Back to Nina. She is in her 80's and what a nice lady. Wish I could remember what branch of service she was in. It was either the Navy or Air Force. (I was in Army) She shared one of her patterns with me and I thought it would be a nice to surprise her and send her the "Thank You" in the form of a mug rug. I don't know about you, but I really appreciate receiving a mug rug or a miniature quilt from a fellow quilter. We all know the time and cost involved in a quilt or hand sewn creation. 
Thank You!
I thought it would be fun to share one of our favorite cookie recipes. I got it from a friend back in PA in the 80's. I usually make this every couple of months. 

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups uncooked oats (quick or old fashioned)
1 cup raisins

  • Heat Oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  • Add the combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
  • Stir in oats and raisins; mix well.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. 
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to wire rack. 
Makes about 4 dozen. 
Enjoy!

Go over to Madame Samm's Pinterest page Pinterest
You will be so inspired! 
Thanks to Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt for her
time and effort to bring us together to
showcase our projects and talent.

And last, but not least,
 my heartfelt thanks to 
our Cheerleader
Erin


Be sure to visit the other participants today. I can't wait to see what they all came up with!

Cathi @ Quilt Obsession
Jane @ Jane's Fabrics and Quilts
Heide @ Nutz4Redwork
Cherry @ Cherry'sPrairiePrimatives
Christine @ Quilt Monster in my Closet
Vickie @ More Stars in Comanche
Pauline @ Stekje
Jan @ Jan's Art Friendzy
Nissa @ Nissa Made Stuff
Robin @ As Sweet As Peaches
Lyndsey @ Sew Many Yarns
Eleni @ That Other Blog

85 comments:

  1. I adore your Rise 'n Shine mug rug. Made me smile the minute I saw the picture!

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  2. Lovely mug rugs, thanks for sharing!

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  3. They are both lovely - hope you win too! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Lovely. Thank you for sharing with us. :)

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  5. Lovely mug rugs. I like the chicken the most.

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  6. What lovely mug rugs and what a wonderful way to say thank you to someone!

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  7. Wow so nice. I just love this.
    Thanks for sharing
    Frederika

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  8. now that is a surprise!! i also made a rooster at my mug rug!!but yours is soo funny!! the eyes i guess!!! :)) love it and also love the "thank you" for your friend!!! have a great day, thanks for sharing!!

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  9. So cute! Love that little chicken.

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  10. I love your mug rug with the rooster. It is so fun Thanks for sharing

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  11. What a funny mug rug! And thanks for the recipe. I will save it when my children come home. First time I will make cookies from oversea;)
    Groetjes
    Annemieke (the Netherlands)

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  12. Your gift to your friend is sweet and touching. I look a lot like your chicken when I wake up. That is the cutest mug rug!

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  13. I'd love to wake up to your cute rooster's face! And I'm sure Nina will love and appreciate the sweet mug rug. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Now this is one clever mug rug! My friend Lindsay would steal this away!

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  15. Cute mug rug. Thanks for sharing & thanks for the recipe.

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  16. I could wake up to him too!! just too cute

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  17. yours just made me smile....I would love to wake up to such a fine mug rug....

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  18. Too cute! And you even got red work in there. Nice finsh , thanks for sharing. Jane

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  19. Great mug rug and cookies! Cock-a-doodle-chew!

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  20. Great idea to start small - my plans always are outsized to my time restrictions!

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  21. :) Cuteness is all over your adorable little 'yard bird'. :) Can't wait to try your cookies, perfect for an afternoon tea party!

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  22. Your chicken is cute! How wonderful for you and your new friend to be moving on to the next level of quilting competition. Good luck there. Sweet of you to make a rug for her too.

    THX for the recipe! I often make cookies for the guild sew-in's to the point that the gals are looking for me to bring them in. No one seems to bake anymore but they know I do at least occasionally. LOL

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  23. Your chicken makes me smile - adorable.

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  24. Cute chicken! I love the recipe too. I am going to try it!

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  25. Cute chicken. You'll be smiling every morning when you use your mug rug because it's so cute.

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  26. Thanks for sharing...your mug rug is cute!

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  27. That's such a great idea to send someone a mug rug as an expression of appreciation--I'll have to remember that! I like the rooster--we have plenty of live ones around here to wake up to!

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  28. Heide, thank you so much for your service! Your mug rug is so cute and fun, I love it! I know Nina will appreciate and enjoy the mug rug you made for her. Good luck in the competition! Thanks so much for the cookie recipe! Thanks for participating and inspiring us today, you are very talented!

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  29. Very cute!!!! I really like that chicken!

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  30. Love the rise & shine mug rug. Very pretty.

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  31. Beautiful mug rugs and, as the wife of a Vietnam Vet, may I also say thank you for serving!

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  32. Pretty rug, and i will add to your well-wishes and say thanks for serving.And thanks for the recipe.

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  33. Thank you for your service! And for the bonus recipe :) Oatmeal is my favorite!

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  34. What a great way to say "thank you". I love oatmeal cookies and so I'm thinking I will be baking sometime soon :-) And yes, thank you for serving your country.

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  35. Thank you for sharing your cute mug rugs - and a great recipe!

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  36. Very cute! How nice of you to make one for a friend and also to help with the veterans.

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  37. Great job, Heidi! Very cute. I would love to wake up with the chicken mug rug each morning. I think it would get my morning off to a great start. Thank you for sharing today.

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  38. Your rise and shine mug rug is adorable!

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  39. Cluck Cluck...means Sew Cute!! I do love to receive a mug rug from a friend and I love to give them as well.
    Nice job
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  40. Great Thank you gift!
    I made my first a few days ago as a Birthday gift:) They are addiciting I think:)

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  41. They do make fun gifties! Great job!

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  42. Your little early bird is adorable!!!
    And,,,thanks for the recipe!

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  43. Your mug rug is too cute! Congrats on your success at the VA quilt show. Good luck at the next level. From a daughter of a Vietnam Vet - Thank you for you service!!!

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  44. Wow! Mug Rug inspiration AND a recipe! This is a fabulous stop today!

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  45. So cute! Rise and shine is perfect for AM coffee.

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  46. What a lovely story and such a cute morning chicken. LOL Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  47. Loved your story and your mug rug.

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  48. What a lovely gift mug rug. I am sure she is thrilled to get it. Thanks for sharing your cookie recipe as well. One of my favorite cookies. Thank you seems so little to offer for your service to our country but Thank you.

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  49. forgot I love your chicken. just too cute!

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  50. Two lovely rugs and cookies too. Congrats and I hope you (and Nina too) continue to win.

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  51. Your rise and shine mug rug is adorable. Love the bright colors you used. Thank you for sharing your creations and story with us. Best of luck to you in the competition.

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  52. Awesome mug rugs and I love the little "thank you" one! How kind! And Oatmeal Raisin cookies are my favorite so I will have to give this recipe a try! Thank you for sharing it!

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  53. Awe...how very cute. Your stitching is great. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the recipe.

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  54. Awesome mug rugs ! I have to say I love that little chicken, because Ranch Man and I are new chicken parents ! LOL The VERY Best of luck to you and your friend in the quilt competition !

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  55. So cute. You did a great job on it. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing your idea with us.

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  56. Wonderful mug rugs, I to love to love to make them and send to special people.

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  57. Love the rooster, very nice rug.

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  58. Cute mug rug! Thanks for sharing.

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  59. Thanks for the smile...your rise and shine is so fun!

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  60. What a wonderful way to say thanks. I love the sweet simplicity of that mug rug. I need one like the Rise and Shine cuz it's so hard for me to wake up and get going! Good luck in the next level of the quilt contest.

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  61. Both of your mug rugs are wonderful! Thank you for sharing your creativity.

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  62. Love your Chicken!! Sooooo fun!!

    Thanks too, for the cookie Recipe!! Plan to bake us some soooon! :)

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  63. Love your chicken! And the sweet sentiment you sent to your elderly friend is wonderful too.

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  64. Oh boy, a hot mug of coffee on a rug with cookies fresh from the over, it doesn't get any better than that!!

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  65. Your mug rugs are really sweet and you are such a sweetheart sending her a wonderful "thank you" mug rug! I am certain she really appreciates it!

    Pam

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  66. Your mug rugs are just lovely! Rise n Shine is too cute!

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  67. Great mug rugs. Thanks for sharing such wonderful inspiration.

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  68. Love your chicken/rooster. So sweet. Great idea for your thank you. Thanks for the recipe.

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  69. Those are just the cutest mug rugs...love them both! Thanks for the cookie recipe--they look yummy.

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  70. Ooh! So cute! I love the little rooster one! and that recipe looks YUMMY - thank you for sharing - bookmarking now :)
    Thanks for participating with us - I hope you had fun!

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  71. I love the rooster mug rug. ADORABLE! I use the same recipe and love it. I think the best part of making these cookies is the smell they create while cooking. No, I lied, it's eating them. :-)

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  72. Oooh! best of luck in winning the trip to Reno! Your mug rugs are great! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I have to go bake some cookies now to satisfy a sudden craving.

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  73. What a cute little mug rugs! Thanks for sharing!

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  74. I just read your note about meeting Nina at the VA event. Nina is in my quilt guild, and she showed her competition entry at a recent meeting. What a delight to see the little mug rug. I hope she remembers to bring it to our May meeting. She is a pleasant lady.
    swalker287 (at) aol (dot) com.

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