Saturday, September 3, 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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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. Oh, and... the leaves and trunks a attached with a good old glue stick! 

Now we continue with the free motion quilting... I think that huge salmon needs to be stitched in a gold metallic. Make that big guy flashy in the morning sun.

So much fun...
Keep stitchin' for the ones you love!

Hugs from Mary

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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

Monday, August 29, 2011

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.  The 9 inches is the side to side measurement, making the 8.5" the top to bottom measurement.

You want to make sure all seams are well pressed. Put your iron on the dry setting and fuse the Wonder Under piece to the back of the crazy quilt piece. Make sure you iron along all the seams. When the piece has cooled, peel the paper off the back. It should look something like the picture below.

Now we're ready to add the lining.  Put the right side of the lining against the right side of the crazy quilt piece.   Here is the only tricky part... If your lining fabric has a one way pattern, make sure that you place it so that when you turn down the cuff at the opening of the cell phone cover, the pattern will be going in the correct direction... Take a look at the orange and black fabric I used as the lining... I wanted to make sure the cats were not upside down  or sideways when I turned the cuff down at the top of my finished cell cover .

You are going to stitch around the edge using a 1/4" seam allowance. Because we want to leave a small opening in which to turn the cell cover to right sides,  we want to start sewing and back tack to secure the stitch. I also start sewing on a side rather than the top or bottom. Go all the way around and stop about 2.5" from where you started. Back tack again to secure the stitch. Clip the corners and turn your cell cover so that you have right sides out. I like to take a rounded stick to push all the corners and sides out. Now you're ready to press with a dry iron. This is going to fuse the lining and the crazy quilt piece together.

I also like to press down the cuff at this time. The fold line lets me know where to start my fancy stitching so that the bobbin threads won't show when I turn down the cuff.

So, the fun begins.

 This is where you get to use those fancy stitches on your machine. You also get to choose thread that is going to stand out on your fabric. This is the classy, sassy part. Have fun, be bold! You want this stitching to WOW! You are going to fancy stitch along all the seam lines on the crazy quilt side.

After you have finished all your fancy stitching you want to fancy stitch at the edge of the cuff on the lining side. Using the pressed fold as your starting point, fancy stitch around the edge of the cuff.

We're nearly done!

With the cuff up, fold your cell cover in half, carefully lining up the sides, and press.  Open the cover up and sew in velcro right below the cuff fold line. I use the 1" velcro. I cut about 1.5 " length and then cut that down the center, making  narrow strips, and enough for two cell covers. Making sure the velcro pieces will match, sew them in, remembering to back tack at the ends. When the cell cover is completed the bobbin thread will not show because of the cuff being turned down.

Now you're ready for the final stitching. You will need the same thread in the bobbin for this last step. Fold the cell cover closed, making sure the sides match. You can straight stitch or fancy stitch. Sew at the edge of the cover. Starting at the bottom corner, stitch all the way around. If possible, pivot at the corner and then stitch up to just below the cuff fold line. Back tack several times.

Fold the cuff down... Do a good finger press... Find your cell phone... Drop it in...

You now have a Classy, Sassy Cell Phone Cover!
Aren't you just something?
Keep stitchin' for the ones you love!
Hugs from Mary