Monday, September 15, 2014

A Quilt for Miles....

My niece, Mary, welcomed a baby boy into the world last week...
Of course, I knew the due date was closing in, but I thought I might have another week to put together a baby quilt.  But babies have their own time tables and Miles has been in the arms of his  loving family for nearly a week now!

I pieced his name - MILES - using Denyse Schmidt's Proverbial Quilt Pattern.  Like most of Denyse Schmidt's patterns, I have used this one more than's that good!  And makes a fantastic (personalized) quick quilt!
All of the letters for the name are from the same black and white gingham...the background fabric is Essex Yarn Dyed in Steel...with a little text fabric and ticking stitched in.

BUT...for the first time I used wool batting.  This is a Pellon wool batting and I have to tell you....I may never use anything else.  It is absolutely amazing!  This batting quilted like a dream!  I have never felt such a difference!  

I quilted with large 3" loops [with Aurifil thread].  Using the seam for the name strip as my bottom edge guide, I placed a piece of masking tape 3 inches above that seam.  My loopy quilting was contained between the seam and the tape.  Always a good idea to contain your loopy-ness ;)  hehe!  The wool made the quilting so much easier!  So fluid and fast!  I finished the quilting in just 3 hours!  Amazing!

I do prefer to hand quilt, but when I machine quilt I like a simple pattern.  So these big loops fill the bill.  Simple, not perfect, but yet add a nice texture...I am kind of smitten.

After I finish a line of quilting, I simple move my tape 3 more inches above the loops of the previous line.  It keeps my loops fairly straight and similar in height.  

I used the same black and white gingham for the back of the quilt as well as the binding.
His birth date is fussy cut from a fabulous number fabric from Kokka  [more on where you can find that later ;-) ]

 It just wouldn't feel right to call it finished without adding some hand stitching...and a little perle cotton....
so I added some red stitches with Valdani perle cotton to the binding and to the numbers!  
I love the stitching on the binding....yes indeed!

And in case you were wondering about washing with the wool has been washed in cold water with a color catcher thrown in for good measure.  And dried on low.  PERFECT!!!!

 This one will be wrapped up with lots of love!
happy monday!
xo mary


Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Sew Together Bag!

Well, I jumped on the Sew Together train!
I am sure you have all seen this fantastic little bag floating around on the blogs and IG...
The pattern is by Sew Demented 

It really isn't as scary as it looks, but I did have the fabulous sew-along tutorial by Quilt Barn close at hand...

First I pieced and quilted my own fabric for the exterior of the bag...

I love this scrappy piece with some of my favorite fabrics!

I followed the instructions and used some colorful zips!

  and soon a bag took shape...

I attached my binding (the most difficult part) by machine...
it turned out fine, but the next time I will try attaching first by machine and then hand stitching to finish.

I know it looks a bit intimidating but it really wasn't so bad...
and it's just a great little bag!

I love it!

I also played with a bit of Liberty and ball fringe for a simple, yet oh-so-lovely pillow!

I am hoping to visit the Country Living Fair this weekend!  Have you ever been?  
happy thursday!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Big Thank You!!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Parade of Snowballs!!! 

It is great to see all the variations!  And if you are just getting started or haven't quite finished, remember the Flickr group is still you can still post your progress!

It has been a busy few weeks around here...with family reunions....another nephew on the way....and a little something wonderful I have been working on for the last few months.

All of this has made the sewing somewhat disjointed...

I have been just hasn't all jelled...somehow Liberty makes all the world seem right again, doesn't it?

Our Fall weather will soon be upon us (YAY) and I have been thinking of gifts, quilts, things to keep me busy....

How about you?  Any post-Labor Day goals?
xo mary 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Summer of The Flowering Snowball-Along....The Wrap Up

Well, here we are...the end of summer and the end of our Flowery Fun Quilt Along!
Shortly after I began blogging a few years ago, I tested out this traditional curvy block....the Flowering Snowball. But I set it aside for another day and would visit it off and on over the next couple of years. It is one of those blocks I knew I loved, I felt others might love it, too....and it isn't impossible to stitch.
This is my first attempt at a Quilt Along and I have been pleasantly surprised at the number of quilters who have given Flowering Snowball a try! They have been sharing their progress on blogs, on Flickr, and especially on Instagram. If you haven't visited the Instagram page it is is amazing! And, I believe, everyone who was afraid to tackle curves feels so much more confident now! Yay! So I am going to kick this off by sharing my Flowering Snowball...then I hope you will upload your pictures and/or links for your own Flowering Snowball. It doesn't matter if you made one block or an entire quilt! It doesn't even matter if it is finished or still in progress. Let's just have a parade of Flowering Snowballs! {hopefully, I have configured the Linky correctly...yikes}
I love scrappy quilts! I want to feel like I am 10 again and my grandma just covered me up with a handmade quilt. Made from her favorite fabrics and her old re-purposed clothes. So my quilt is, of course, scrappy. With a pink polka dot binding...and hand quilted.
I used black Valdani thread {which I purchased this Spring at Quilt Market...Yay!} to pick stitch. This quilt is pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. cotton thread. And I used a blue stripe oxford cloth for the backing. I love when the stitching makes a lovely pattern on the back. The stitching pattern is easy to see with the simple backing fabric.
And, finally, I finished with a label...
Now it's your turn! Show off all your hard work! You will be able to add your picture until September 2nd. So if you have a might want to write a post to link up to the picture...or maybe you already have. And, I believe, I have this link set so you can just post your picture if you don't have a blog. I hope I worked this out correctly....I guess we will see. Thank you, everyone, for quilting along! I have so enjoyed seeing all your quilts and reading your comments! xo mary

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday....WIP's and a little Liberty Love

Still tinkering with these cute shapes...wee wonky bow-ties.

and playing with some lovely Liberty....

Just a couple of reminders!
We will wrap up the Flowering Snowball Along on the 24th.
And be sure to keep following all the fun on Sewvivor!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wow! It's August?

Oh my!  I can't believe this is my first post of August!  And it won't be much of a post ;)

I wish I could say I have been busy with some exciting travels or adventures, but that just isn't the case. Not even a whole lot of sewing going on...
I have been getting ready for our family reunion at the end of the month. The last day of the reunion will be at my house, so time polish the silver and prepare the menu...hehe! Do you have family reunions in the summer?          

I have taken a little time to play with a yummy pile of Liberty...

The beauty of Liberty is well worth the cost.  It is amazing to sew!

 Soon, I will have some fun makes to show you...

And I have extended the last day of the Flowering Snowball Along to August 24th.  We will wrap up the quilt along just before the official end to summer!  I am looking forward to Fall!

Before I leave....if you haven't looked at the first round of Sewvivor, you really must have a look!  How inspiring and amazing!  


You can find the post here....    

Rachel of Family Ever After is my superhero! Four adorable kids...three kidlets and one brand new baby....and she still has the energy to host Sewvivor!  Well done, Rachel!

Have a wonderful wednesday!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday Works....

Again, I am in just under the wire!
My July block {Mid Century Modern Be} for the darling Susan of PatchworknPlay

And I have been playing with this sweet little shape. I think it looks like a bow tie...a wee bit wonky, just the way I like it...

I love the pops of color and the shape has a touch of whimsy!

  We have had lovely temperatures this week!
Hope your week has been a pleasant one!