Tuesday, 9 April 2013

My day to play



Hello and Welcome 
to my stop on the 
April Showers Blog Hop!!


Before you read any further I must warn you that today’s stop is strictly a black tie affair. Yep that’s right to read this post I am requiring you to be in your best black tie attire.

What you aren’t wearing that...hmmmm well okay I will give you a pass, but just you so don’t tell anyone else....LOL

I had a few mug rug idea’s running around in my head before this
hop was even announced and time and time again black and white seemed to be calling to me so I decided to have my own little 

Black Tie Affair

The first mug rug is  a simple patch work design. It is simple, but the black and white make it is appear to be more than it is! 

I really love how the quilting turned out on the back of this one



My second mug rug is a play on a zig zag block. I found it hard to keep the pattern with so few squares, but it still works


And finally I thought I needed a wee bit of colour so I created this. I tried something new to me and pieced the strips directly onto the batting. I then added a border and folded it over to create the binding. It was nice and easy!



Even though it is April we still have A LOT of snow out here. This picture was taken on a 6ft tall pile of snow covering my garden.



I would like to thank Madame Samm and Erin for creating this event and hosting it. I for one am really looking forward to all the inspiring mug rugs! Speaking of inspiration check out the lovely work my fellow hosts created today
Hayley @ Mrs. Pickles < this is me!

 Thank you for stopping by today and joining in on my black tie affair. I hope you had fun!



109 comments:

  1. Love your mug rugs! Black tie - I hope my black pjs were good enough! Hehe! Great work!

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  2. Sorry, can't find my black tie - so I put my black tuxedo on - Moe the tuxedo cat is on my lap. Even in all that snow they shine!

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  3. Cute post ;) -lovely mug rugs

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  4. These are adorable. I must confess that I tried to sneak in without a tie but got caught. Thanks for sharing your creations with us today.

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  5. Lovely black tie mug rugs! Wow, that is a lot snow. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. I especially like the one with the splash of colour.

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  7. Sorry,no black tie just pj's but I'm glad you let me attend anyway. Like the black tie concept and the one with the bright blue really jumps out and says HI! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Love the back and white theme. Love all the mug rugs you have made.

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  9. Black and white are always classy. I really like the one with the blue. Just lovely!

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  10. These are lovely. I like these colors. Black is always great.
    Thanks for sharing

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  11. I love your black and white mug rugs. But with the blue is my fovorite.

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  12. They look gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

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  13. Your mug rugs are lovely, black and white always looks good.

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  14. Lovely...black and white is always elegant.

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  15. Loving your wee bit of color! The aqua really makes your mug rug sing!

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  16. Well there ya' go you can take your mug rug anywhere....nice clean and crip colors thanks for sharing

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  17. Black, white with a punch of teal.. LOVE it!

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  18. Thanks for sharing your lovely mug rugs - love the black & white.

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  19. It was nice to see the variations. Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Love the black and white concept...and the touch of blue is great too!

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  21. They look really bold and lovely!

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  22. Love the black and white...I want to make a black and white quilt. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  23. I love the black and white with a tease of aqua.

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  24. I love making mug rugs because you have a chance to try new techniques and all your great ideas in small doses! You did both with our mug rugs! They are beautiful!

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  25. I enjoyed your black tie affair. Impressive! Thanks for sharing.

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  26. So much fun dressing up for lunch....thank you. I love your black and white mug rugs, Haley.

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  27. You did a wonderful job on your black and white (and teal/turquoise) mug rugs--the quilting is just beautiful to look at! Sometimes I prefer looking at just the backs of my pieces and admiring the quilting too!

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  28. This time of morning you would be lucky to see me in anything but jammies, slippers and robe--such is the retired life, LOL.

    The black and white is so dramatic but wow, that zip of bright turquoise takes it right over the top. Atop that pile of snow makes it all the more contrasting. No gardening yet till it finally decides it is spring at your house!

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  29. I love the black and white. I often do the 'fold-over' binding. I know it's not the accepted standard, but it often works well. Funny, I hadn't used it on a mug rug, that's next. :0

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  30. I love your mug rugs...very classy! Here in Newfoundland we still have snow too. Actually, it's snowing today. Come on Spring!

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  31. Thanks for shairng.Your mug rugs are super cute and the one with aqua fabrics is my favorite!!

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  32. I love your rugs - I put on a ring, does that count? Love the shot of blue in the last one too.

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  33. Your mug rugs are awesome. And it is still so cold here in Sweden. Thanks for sharing

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  34. Your black and white mug rugs are beautiful and I like the touch of color in the last one,too. Great job on all of them. thank you for sharing.(Here in N.E. Georgia it is very warm with the high reaching to almost 80)

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  35. Your use of black and white fabrics is nice and I like that touch of aqua. We had high temperatures the last month and now it is cold. The heat is on again! I guess the spring weather will return later this week.

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  36. It is the middle of the night and I'm lying on the couch in my pajamas. The loony person crashing the gala. :) Cute mug rugs!

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  37. My pajamas are black and white, so I hope that's close enough to be a part of your black tie event. I love the striking look of your black and white mug rugs and adding a little color was just beautiful. Looks like lots of snow...wow!

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  38. Yay for black and white mug rugs, great job!

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  39. Your classy mug rugs are just wonderful! I love black and white! Great job!

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  40. Very nice. I always like the black and white combination.

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  41. Good Morning Hayley...a fine black tie affair...you still have snow....did you hear we may be getting another dusting? in April...ohh back to your fine fine mug rugs...love the first one best

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  42. I love the strip quilted mug rug that you quilted as you pieced!

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  43. My black tie is in the cleaners......but I'm glad I was allowed to gaze upon your great mug rugs anyway! Love the touch of turquoise in the third one. Thanks for sharing!

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  44. Hmmm...after staying home a few years with the kids I seriously don't have anything to wear that would qualify as black tie;)

    Love the one with the blue! And your blog header and background are beautiful!

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  45. Great mug rugs - I especially like the one with a touch of blue!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  46. Very nice and I wore my best attire to visit, of course!

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  47. Great idea! Love the black & white. The one with the blue pop is also a nice surprise. Thanks for sharing today!

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  48. I think the black and white is very striking. BTW, I am wearing black, even tho it is a sweatshirt.

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  49. Wonderful mug rugs! They'll show off any pretty mug or tea cup to perfection!

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  50. So elegant and lovely in the black and white.

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  51. I like your black tie affair! Thanks for sharing.

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  52. I like them alot and they show up in the snow "sew" well !

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  53. Very cute! great job thanks for sharing

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  54. I love the black and white. When I use black and white if I want to add a little color I usually use red, your green is even nicer

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  55. Very creative. I love the colors. Great job!!

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  56. I love black & white! You mug rugs are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  57. How nice to attend a "black tie" event! Thanks for sharing your lovely mug rugs!

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  58. I like the black tie affair. Great job. Thanks.

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  59. Nice post and cute mugrug - thanks for sharing!

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  60. You really do have a lot of snow yet. Here in Pa., we have had almost 80 degrees! It will be colder yet but still! Love your mug rugs. And I have always liked a shot of color with black and white.

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  61. Very fancy! I have never been to a black tie tea party before...I enjoyed myself immensely!

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  62. Had an enjoyable time and was inspired:)

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  63. Love the mug rugs. But sorry I didn't wear any black tie, I'm still in my pj's. Thanks for sharing.

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  64. Well, I wasn't expecting to attend a black tie event or to see so much snow! Love you mug rugs!

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  65. Cute mug rugs and thanks for the spare black tie! I'm sick of snow too... this winter seems endless.

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  66. Love your mug rugs! Great job!

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  67. Interessantes e charmosos,parabéns.

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  68. Such cute mug rugs. I really like the one you did with strips. And that much snow still...ours was almost all melted, but we are getting the big storm tonight.

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  69. Love them, especially the one with the aqua

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  70. Hope your snow melts and your garden blooms soon! Cute mug rugs. Thanks for the invite to this black tie formal ... of course, I am in my little black dress ... ;) Pat

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  71. Very elegant. Love the black & white.

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  72. Nice Black and white mug rugs. Love that a little color adds a punch to your black and white. SWEET! Thanks for sharing Hayley...Judith, Texas

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  73. very elegant mug rugs, Hayley!

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  74. wonderful mugrugs, exellent color choise!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente in Germany

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  75. Love your mug rugs - they are really cute.

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  76. No black tie attire for me, instead I am wearing many layers while I snuggle under a quilt. Snowstorm is headed this way today. I like the third mug rug best, that touch of color just pops! Thanks for sharing.

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  77. Very cute. I especially liked the one with a touch of teal. Two days ago it was 20 degrees here and today it is almost 90! Snowing last week and time to turn on the AC this week.

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  78. All of your mug rugs are very nice. I'm a big fan of black and white. Thank you for sharing your mug rugs with us.

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  79. Goregeous mug rugs. I love the aqua and black one the best.

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  80. Great mug rugs. I love the black and white combination! Thanks for sharing and I hope you get some warm weather soon.

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  81. oooooh! I love the one with the blue - great ideas for mug rugs, thanks for sharing!!

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  82. Fabulous mug rugs - so elegant for a black tie event!

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  83. beautiful, have a crush on the blue one! like you here in Trois-Rivières (Québec - canada) Still have too much snow in the garden!!! suppose to have 15 cm on friday

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  84. You know me too well which is lucky since you gave me a pass on the black tie thingy!! lol Love the black and white theme you used. But...I liked that you added that aqua cummerbund - it spiced up the mug rug.

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  85. Love the blue addition. They will keep you happy until all that snow melts.... Goodness Hope it melts soon. Thanks for sharing. janita

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  86. Very nice! I love black and white together. Thanks for sharing.

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  87. Love your black and white mug rugs, very mod

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  88. Oh very nice! I love black and white together! Thanks for participating and inspiring us today!

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  89. Your mug rug looks classy and modern with the black color that you used. Thanks for sharing...

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  90. Your mug rugs are lovely and classy. With all that snow, it is not a wonder why you are in a black and white mood. I hope it won't last much longer. I am new to quilting and really appreciate your designs.

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  91. Love the rugs. We just got warmer weather here and frankly, you can keep it. I much prefer having to bundle up. The weather went from snowing to 80 degrees.

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  92. I enjoyed your black tie affair today, very nice rugs!,

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  93. Your mug rugs are beautiful, I like the contrast of black and white, you did a nice job!I just discovered your blog through this blog hop and now I'm following you via GFC and bloglovin, my day to participate in this blog hop is on April 15, Hope you will visite me!
    Marisa from
    http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

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  94. I do like the black and white contrast, and especially the added turquoise. Lovely work!

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  95. Love your black tie mug rugs! I hope spring arrives for you soon. That is a lot of snow. Thanks for sharing.

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  96. Very classy. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  97. These look great. Love the black and white theme

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  98. Black and white always looks classy and these mug rugs are definitely worthy of the good china!

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  99. Love the black and white fabric together so classic.

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  100. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing - I love black and white :) So chic!

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  101. They are all lovely - I like the way you have photographed them on the snow too - we seem to have had a lot of snow in England this year too although it looks like Spring is finally on its way here now! yippee. Thanks for sharing.

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  102. So pretty Thanks for sharing all of them. vickise at gmail dot com

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  103. Beautiful work and I have really found I like black and white like that too! Thanks for sharing!

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