Showing posts from August 28, 2011


Long time, no blog.... Company, golf, gardening...
And, I did. Here's my latest progress on Elizabeth's "Early Riser".  I did the leaf and vine free motion quilting around the border, and stitched details into the mountains.

I was also able to get to my latest art quilt. I thought the trees needed more shadowing. I added charcoal oil pastel down the right sides. I also drew in more background trees and branches. I think I'm ready to look for the border fabric. Oh Goody! I get to go to a quilting store. What a wonderful was to spend a Saturday. Of course I also have to help Amber, my daughter find a pair of silver dress shoes for a wedding she's going to be in. I think she should just buy some metallic silver spray paint and cover a pair of shoes she already has. :-)

Hey... Keep stitchin' for the ones you love!
Hugs from Mary

Early Riser

We're making progress!! "Early Riser", a pattern by Mckenna Ryan, is now past the fusing process. You can see Elizabeth doing the final steps for the little salmon swimming up stream.

While Elizabeth was busy with the fusing, I was over at another work area doing my own creating. I have been wanting to do an art quilt that uses fussy cutting and drawing with oil pastel chalks, fabric markers and what ever else works. So here is my morning endeavor:
This is from "The Art of Landscape Quilting" by Zieman and Sewell. The book has wonderful instructions and pictures. This is the first project they suggest. So, I can't believe it, but I'm actually following directions. How about that? The leaves are fussy cut, and I enhanced them with a yellow fabric marker. I shaded the tree trunks on the right sides with a black sharpee marker. I drew in additional smaller trunks in the background, and highlighted some of the background fabric with a red/orange oil pastel. O…

Newest project

Here it is... A Mckenna Ryan pattern. Just the beginning...  I'm working on the free motion quilting, my friend, Elizabeth, is doing the intricate cutting and fusing. Next we add the spectacular fish! This is a beautiful, fun pattern. More to come...  Keep stitchin' for the ones you love! Hugs from Mary

Floor Cloths Can Go Anywhere!

This is just a post script to the floor cloth idea... I would love to make one to fit inside our "wooden" rug in the foyer. I originally proposed to my husband that we sand the center and paint/stencil it. I watched a grown man cry!! The vinyl floor cloth will be much easier on him. :-)  I also want to use a toilet rug as a pattern and make vinyl floor cloths to use around the toilets... so much easier to clean and I can get a tighter fit.  Just think how cute they could be in the kids' bathroom! Floor cloths are not just for the kitchen!
Keep stitchin' for the ones you love!
Hugs from Mary

Make a Classy, Sassy Cell Phone Cover... Part 2

This is the cute, sassy cell phone cover I  started making several years ago. It is my own pattern that I'm giving to you because everyone needs to pull a cell phone out of a Classy, Sassy Cover!

We're going to make this one today...

You need:  1  crazy quilt piece that is 8.5" x 9".
                                           1  8.5"x9" lining fabric in a contrasting color or print
                                             1  8.5"x9" piece of fusible lining like Wonder Under
                                 1.5" of hook and loop closure  such as Velcro

 If you don't know how to crazy quilt, take a look at the blog entry just below:
Classy, Sassy Cell Phone Cover Part 1 .
It has the "how to" for crazy quilting.

So, here is what my crazy quilt fabric piece looks like. I didn't quite have the 8.5" length, so I added a strip of the gold star fabric at the top of the piece.  I am also using that same fabric as the lining.  …