Saturday, May 2, 2015

Binding Blitz for April

Well I only finished one quilt binding this month...but it's a finish!!


Each month, Julie,  http://juliekquilts.blogspot.com/
has a post for all bindings finished in the month!  Prizes are given out too.
Go check her out.



This quilt  was made following a quilt along led by 
Gyleen Fitzgerald
on Facebook.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tuesday's Archives at Val's

PRAIRIE POINTS

 That's the topic this week at   http://myplvl.blogspot.com/


Here's my post from a few months ago....

http://margretmarysplace.blogspot.com/2015/03/february-binding-blitz.html

Check it out....have a great day!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pay It Forward

A couple of months ago I signed up for a Pay It Forward with Terry's Treasures.  
Here are the lovely items I received about a month ago.  Sorry, been sick, so it's taken awhile for me to post this.

Here is the beautifull little quilt, also a really pretty fat quarter, embroidery floss and ribbon.
Thank you much Terry.

Now I am looking for 3 people to sign up for the PIF.

I will send a gift to each of you and you, in turn, will send gifts to 3 people!

Come on....sign up today!!!

Thanks and have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

val'scrappy Tuesday archives

Participating in Val's Tuesday Archives.


This quilt is a game besides  being a quilt.

http://margretmarysplace.blogspot.com/2011/08/country-road-trip.html

So sorry, you will have to copy and paste to get to the post.
I am doing this from my tablet and can't figure it out .

Thanks for stopping by THOUGH !

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February Binding Blitz

This post will be short on words...been sick the last 3 weeks, still am. Anyway this is my one binding finish for February!   I'm not finished with the quilting...but did  bind it....if you count Prarie points!  Will upload a few more pics. Thank you...






Sunday, February 1, 2015

Binding Blitz...January's finishes!


I’m linking up with JulieK today, because I actually managed to finish this piece from a few years ago!
This was a block of the month called Simple Thymes...but I can't remember where I got it!


It was a fun quilt to put together but I just never finished it till Julie started this Binding Blitz!!

 This is the back...I had it pin basted for over a year!

My hand quilting leaves much to be desired...but it actually is easier on my poor arthritic hands than machine free motion quilting!


The second binding I did was this little runner.  We got a new TV for the bedroom and moved the old one into the living room...I wanted a quick little runner to place under it on the new shelf we had to make in the entertainment center.  This did the trick...quick and easy!



Thanks Julie for thinking of this...I usually bind quilts when I FINALLY finish the quilting part...so I may not have anymore for a while.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday's Archives-Free Motion and Fun!!!


Today Val... http://myplvl.blogspot.com/  has assigned 2 different posts....This is for free motion quilting...you can see the whole post here....   http://margretmarysplace.blogspot.com/search/label/Toyland%20Quilt
This quilt is probably my most successful FMQing that I have done...I think it turned out great...


Second assignment is a fun quilt.  This is what I chose... Three Little Pigs... original post here...
http://margretmarysplace.blogspot.com/search/label/Three%20Little%20Pigs%20Quilt


Would SOMEBODY tell me how to make a hyperlink with the word 'here' instead of copying the whole link???? 

Thanks for stopping by and have a 
gr-gr-great day!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Guest Bedroom

Trying to get the knack of posting pictures from my IPhone...had to put this on Facebook and then captured it with Snip It.  No really how I want to do it.  Need to get the pictures off the camera and on to my computer!  Working on it!!!


HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My First Sew Together Bag


 This is the front of my first Sew Together Bag.  I had lots of orphan 'crazy quilt' (machine embroidery quilted)blocks leftover from a past project.  Thought they would make a pretty bag. 

 The crazy quilt blocks were made with flannel so I used flannel for the rest of the bag.
 I wanted to make a storage area for my little stork scissors...so I just left an area open when I attached the pin cushion.  Wish I had purple elastic!
 This bag was NOT easy...especially since I was using Heat and Bond instead of fusible interfacing...(didn't have any)...the Heat and Bond is almost impossible to sew on...it's sticky...had to constantly wipe down needle with alcohol wipe! 

Now I can start some 'hexies'...been so interested in them for awhile now.  
T

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Linking up with Val today....

 http://myplvl.blogspot.com/2014/08/tuesday-archives-23-farm-favorite-quilts.html


My original post is here....

http://margretmarysplace.blogspot.com/search/label/Country%20Road%20Trip%20Quilt%20Game

 You can click twice on the original post pictures to enlarge really big!!

Thanks for stopping and have a great day!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Almost finished!

To say that I'm almost finished with this quilt is a great statement!

This is the Front of my Sew Out Loud quilt that I started awhile back.  It is all paper pieced and was part of a quilt along on Flicker.
This is the Back of the quilt with the binding all made and ready to go!

When I started this quilt I wanted to do it 'quilt as you go' style.
But the problem with that was i didn't think it thru.
I sewed the 3 blocks across together with the sashing....added the batting to the back and began my quilting.   Turned out great.....

except...now back to my lack of planning...

I wasn't sure about the backing so I purposely didn't add one to my quilt as you go.

MISTAKE !!!

The front of the quilt, after adding the sashings looks great, lays flat...great!

BUT...

when I put the backing on I really could only sew around the sashings because of the quilting I did in the 'quilt as you go' method!  Which, unfortunately produced a rather 'cushy' block on the front.  

SOOOOO....

I am now quilting, by hand, all around each block and in some areas of the block to make it a little more FLAT.  

Now it isn't really THAT bad...nice and comfy...but I want to try an 'tack down' some of the blocks so it's not quite so puffy. 

Hopefully I can get this done quickly...so far I have 2 rows completed with the hand quilting...3 to go, if my hands and arms and shoulders hold out !!!!!

Thanks for taking the time to read this and have a wonderful weekend.

Leave a comment if you have a better idea for fixing my problem...I'll be sure to think things out better the next time!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Echo Quilting

Over at Val's Quilting Studio there's a really neat thing happening!

Every Tuesday she comes up with a theme or two that you can link to of old posts that fit that theme.  This week it's 'echo quilting' and 'Easter'.

I don't have anything for Easter but I do have a quilt I made that I did a little echo quilting on...here's the link

http://margretmarysplace.blogspot.com/2010/05/bloggers-quilt-festival.html

You can click on any of the pictures in the post 2 times and get a close up.  Not the best echo quilting but it's something!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday's Old post linky DOGS and DOTS

Here's the linky for Val's Quilting.  Today she's having a linky parts for old posts of.....DOGS....and old posts of...DOTS!


Val's Quilting Studio

Here's Val's blog....  http://myplvl.blogspot.com/

Check it out

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I've Been A Winner !

Yes Sir...I won 2 giveaways in the last couple of weeks.  Yippee !!

I won a $50.00 gift certificate from Bear Creek Quilting.
This is what I got...
A lovely fat quarter bundle of 30's prints from Robert Kaufman. 


I also ordered some 1/2 yds of their sale fabric.   They even sent me extra on the top fabric because it was the end of the bolt!!! 



Terry's Treasures had a giveaway and I won this little bag.
Cute as a button!



Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

First Blog Post

What a neat idea...Val...at Val's Quilting Studio... 

http://myplvl.blogspot.com/2014/06/one-year-blogging-anniversary.html 

is have a 'First Blog Post' linky party!!!

Fun idea...and since I haven't been posting much, and not getting many comments...or none at all :( ...maybe linking up will give me a boost!

Here's a pic of my blog's namesake....Margret Mary...



Thanks for stopping...have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, June 20, 2014

My Etsy Shop

Just trying something...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

I've been Published!

...sort of



Several months ago I was contacted by the editor of Quilt Trends magazine.  It seems she was writing an article on Texting...and wanted to use blocks of mine she had seen on my blog!

WOW!!!


Unfortunately the pictures are a little dark and my name is spelled wrong.

But what the heck...it is STILL an honor!!!


Here is a close up.  I have posted before about these blocks...

The one on the left is my own design...appliqued.  It is showing a woman so engrossed in texting on her phone that the chain piecing she is doing is flying out the window!


The block on the right is a paper pieced block from a book, don't have it anymore, I embroidered the Sewing While Texting on the fabric she is sewing.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day...Happy Father's Day to all you guys out there!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Some bags I've been making...


This isn't the greatest picture, but it shows I HAVE been busy.
  
Our family was all together these past 2 weeks.

I made the girls some zippered pouches (such fun to make).  I also made 2 cell phone cases.  (The pink one is pictured, but I don't have a picture of the Betty Boop one I made for Tina, my daughter).

Also pictured is my BB case, a large beach bag and some zippered pouches I made out of UFO NY Beauty blocks.

I hope to take some pictures today so that I can list some of these items in my Etsy shop.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Betty Boop Carry On Bag

Wow...it's been a long time...will just post a quickie picture of my Betty Boop Carry On that I just finished.  I think it came out adorable.  I made the paper pieced BB a while ago and wanted to make something for ME...then I saw this free carry on tut and off I went.




The Betty Boop paper pieced pattern came from http://www.fandominstitches.com/

The Carry On tutorial is from http://www.noodle-head.com/

Thank for stopping in...have a great day!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A few quilt along block finishes

Here is the June block (I'm early this month), from Quiet Play 

http://quietplay.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/and-sew-onjune-block.html

A STITCH IN TIME...on hindsight I should have used a solid fabric for the tea cup...although I really do like the busyness !

I have 3 block done for the Quilt Around the World 2 quilt along...this is a much slower quilt along...

Here's Courtney's block...


Here's Heather's block...
 and Betty's block...

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 31, 2013

May Block Press On

Here is the May paper pieced block from Quiet Play



So sorry this is sideways...Blogger keep changing it on me!!