It's my day - yay! Thanks for popping on over to see me as usual I had plenty of ideas of what to use for this blog but in the end settled on two. Firstly this one:
I guess it needs an explanation eh? Well when I think of April I always think of April Fools day. Years ago in the late 70's early 80's there used to be a programme on BBC1 called That's Life - and one Sunday evening they did a documentary about a dog driving a car - it was quite a long documentary and quite interesting showing, I think, an Old English Sheepdog driving along in a car all by itself - of course this was an April Fool with an apt title of Lirpa Loof (which is April Fool spelt backwards). It's funny what you remember isn't it because I would have only been at about 10 years old but I always think of this on 1st April so I have done a mug rug to celebrate the fact!
I found the picture of the dog and car on the internet and reverse drew it onto some Heat N Bond which I then ironed onto my fabrics and then cut them out to place them on the rug. The letters are from a sizzix die and are applied the same way. I machine appliqued around the all edges - I am still only just starting out with machine applique and am still not sure whether I like the stitch my Bernina gives or not!
My next one I have actually made two of:
Again I used a sizzix die for the flowers and appliqued them in the same way - I finished off with buttons and have only just realised how creased it is after looking at this photograph! oh well.
Here is a closeup of my machine stitching:
What do you think? It's not quite as neat as hand blanket stitch but it's ok isn't it - think I will keep practising with it for a while.
Hope you have enjoyed your visit here - if it's your first I hope it won't be your last and if you are one of my regular followers thanks for popping over. Sorry I was late visiting all of the posts last week but I was on holiday in a hotel and the Wi-Fi wasn't working - have caught up now though and love all of the inspiring mug rugs I have seen so far!
Here is todays schedule for the hop:
MONDAY, APRIL 15th
I would also just like to say a big thank you to Erin and Mdm Samm for organising this wonderful hop - I really have enjoyed putting my mug rugs together.
Thanks for looking - Dancing in the Rain from Solihull