Winter Blues Blog Hop

by | Jan 23, 2020 | 27 comments

Welcome to day four and my day to show my project on the Winter Blues Blog Hop hosted by the very talented Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks! I hope you’ve been following along on this bluesy hop and have enjoyed seeing the great projects everyone has created. There are some very creative designers participating. Thank you for hosting, Carla!

I can’t believe this month has almost passed us by! I had the flu during the holidays and on top of that, my website was down for a few weeks and I had to rebuild it (thankfully everything was saved except for adding and customizing my new theme!) After getting everything up and running, I was short on time so I had to go with a different project than originally planned.

I received an email from one of the companies from which I purchase art work and they offer a free set of designs just about weekly. These “Button Head Winter Girls” were so cute and I thought would lend themselves well to this little project. I love mug rugs, so decided that is what I would make. Honestly, I have to say that my stash has very little blue in it. It’s not that I dislike blue, but rather like a lot of other colors more! But I did have this lovely blue fabric with snowflakes and thought it would be perfect for my mug rug. It’s been in my stash for a while, and I still have a lot left. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I purchased it!! But, it was shiny, and I do love shiny!! I think I was actually going to make a Christmas stocking with it, but, seeing as I’ve slept since I got it, I’m not really sure!

Since we don’t get a lot of snow in Alabama, and I love snowmen, I thought this would be perfect with the pretty swirly snow flakes in shades of blue and white. The inspiration for the Buttonhead Mug Rug was the free Button Head Winter Girls from

Fabric + HeatnBond + button + ribbon + sewing machine = Mug Rug!!

After placing it on the oval, I decided I really didn’t like the shape, so I would definitely change this to a rectangle instead of the oval next time. I searched high and low for my mini pom poms and could not find them anywhere. I’m sure I put them in a “safe place” so I could easily get to them! HA At any rate, it needs a pom pom on the end of her hat, or at least I would have liked one!! Her little skinny arms, body and legs are simply triple stitched with my machine and black Aurifil thread (no affiliation.) The eyes, nose and snowman buttons are satin stitches from my machine. And finally, I decided to add some snowfall using one of my built in decorative stitches. I also used a small piece of ribbon for her scarf and the white band on her hat. Now it’s time for a coffee break….and chocolate!! What could be better, right?!

My favorite – and what great affirmations on the chocolate!!

I hope you like my little mug rug. If you’d like to make yourself one, you may click here for the free pattern! HeatnBond EZ Print Inkjet Transfer Sheets make easy work of applique projects! (*Affiliate Link-see disclaimer below)

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will visit my fellow bloggers today and be inspired! Here is the schedule for today and tomorrow.

Thursday, January 23rd

Songbird Designs (you’re here!!)
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Storied Quilts
Patchwork Breeze
Seams To Be Sew
Becky’s quilts and adventures
DesertSky Quilting

Friday, January 24th

Selina Quilts
LimeLeaves Design
Karrin’s Crazy World
Sew Many Yarns
Domestic Felicity
DayBrook Designs
Creatin’ in the Sticks

Have a great rest of the week and weekend! Until next time…

Have a day blessed with perfect stitches!

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  1. rl2b2017

    Good Morning Brenda! What a fun post and a funny name for the pattern. I’ll have to check out the link you provided and see if there are other Button Head Girls. Oh yes, I absolutely think you selected the perfect background for this cute piece. You cuppa with chocolate looks so inviting! I’m glad you are feeling better now – it’s no fun being sick during the holidays. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Joan

    Oh my gosh, that just too silly cute! What a fun way to enjoy a cuppa!

  3. Dixie McAdam

    Such a cute mug rug & done up with just the perfect fabrics/colors! Love the idea of creating one myself. Thanks for offering that to us. However, when I clicked on the link nothing worked. Thought you should be aware. Could I be doing something incorrect?

  4. Susan Nixon

    The mug rug is adorable. I couldn’t get links to click for some reason. I hope they are clicking for other people. I like the oval shape – it’s something different. The buttonhead girl is cute as can be, and the first one I’ve seen, so I’m going to clipartopolis to see what I can find.

  5. Wendy

    Cute mug rug! Think I need some chocolate….

  6. Maryellen McAuliffe

    So cute!

  7. farmquilter

    Darling mug rug!! Hmmm…looks like chocolate on there as well…you know how to snack right!! I’m making a couple of mug rugs myself right now and I love how you finished yours off…I’ll have to try that because yours looks fabulous!

  8. Karen

    That is just the cutest.

  9. Danice G

    What an adorable little quilt. I love it, as well as your new site/.blog theme.

  10. The Joyful Quilter

    Your project for the Hop is TOO funny!! I got a good chuckle when I took a look at it. Thanks for the pattern link, Brenda.

  11. Carla

    Brenda, this is so cute. Winter blues need little smiles and you certainly have given us all that and more. Thank you for hanging in there with your blog and joining the Winter Blues Blog Hop!

  12. Colette

    Cute mug rug and love the decorative stitches you used.

  13. Nancy D

    Now I want some hot chocolate!

  14. Sue D

    this is so cute with the snowman and the button girl.

    • Sharon Aurora

      That is so cute! Thank you for the pattern.

  15. Carol Andrews

    Lovely little mug rug. Whimsical and perfect for your cup and chocolate! Thank you for sharing, both the eye candy and the pattern

  16. sewswift

    Oh my gosh,this is so cute! What a great way to add a smile to your face each time you use it. Thanks for sharing!

  17. mlmcspadden

    Cute project!

  18. Shirley Clark

    That’s cute as can be! I just wish we’d get one nice snow a year – just for fun!

  19. Kathleen McCormick

    This is so cute, but I do agree that I would prefer the rectangle shape but it does look great as it is!

  20. mspdesignsusa

    Very cute! Thanks for sharing, Brenda.

  21. Susan

    What an adorable little rug for your mug! Well done!

  22. Marian

    Sew Cute!!! I have that artwork, and have wondered how can I use this… Very cute idea you had with that. I’m not real sure you need the pom poms, so would like to see those in place.

  23. Sharon Vrooman

    Cute little project and happy to hear all your health and web woes are cleared up.

  24. pamelaquilts

    Super cute! What a fun project, hopefully those pom poms show up soon!

  25. Gail Beam

    Hi Brenda, Your winter button head girl and snowman with falling snow is just Adorable! The added 3D effect of the ribbon scarf adds an extra cute touch to your winter mug rug and I am sure the addition of the tiny pompom will add an extra special touch too, when you remember where that special safe place is. ( Unfortunately, I also have a number of those special places too, and some of those safe place items have never been found. lol) The blue fabric you chose to embroider the designs on is just perfect! Hot chocolate and candy bars are a favorite of mine too! I have to have either a chocolate candy cane or peppermint candy cane with Lots or marshmallows or marshmallow cream in my hot chocolate, so I don’t have it as often as I used to when I was younger. The metabolism is just not the same in old age! Glad to hear that you are feeling better!

  26. Theresa

    This is such a cute mug rug. I love it.

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