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


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... 


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!


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 


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!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

April Scissors Block for Quiet Play's BOM

Here is my block for April.  Fun paper pieced scissors!

Had a little trouble with the center...but I'll fix that later!

Linking up withe Quiet Play

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Complete King Size FINISH

And here it is :
The Shams
I gotta say, I really love how this looks!

I also finished 2 blocks for the Around the World Quilt Along

Thank for stopping by.
Have a great day!

Saturday, March 23, 2013


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I'm a little late making this block this month...but better late than never!

The names of these blocks are sew cute....just spoolin' around, measure twice and You Little Ripper!  I'm going to embroider those names on each block!

Thanks for stopping!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Wiggly Whimsy King Size

I finally finished my king quilt...all washed and cuddly, crinkly!  Gotta tell ya...not fun quilting it!  I just did straight lines vertically...really wanted to do a diagonal cross hatch...but maneuvering this size quilt was just too darn hard!  
I  used a sheet for the back...but made it difficult for myself by adding borders all around.
I love the way it turned out...and I'm in the process of making shams to go with it.
You can get the tutorial for this quilt at http://www.modabakeshop.com/2012/08/wiggly-whimsy-quilt.html
The blocks are fun to make...and you can use SCRAPS!!

Thanks for stopping!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, March 18, 2013



The winner of the Beam n' Read is Jan Baker..........thanks for all those that entered the giveaway!!

Jan said: I am impressed with you. I can't even think to try quilting a king size quilt. 

I have sent you an email, please send me your address!!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

International Quilting Day and a GIVEAWAY

SewCalGal's Virtual Sew-cial - International Quilting Day


Today is International Quilting Day....so I thought a giveaway would be in order.  Just leave a comment...you don't even have to read the rest of this post if you don't want to!! 
Easy peasy...........and you might win this Beam n Read for yourself...sorry, but due to the cost of shipping I cannot offer this outside the United States.  Sorry :(

I'll pick a winner with the Random Draw Generator on Monday 12 PM.

In honor of SewCalGal's Virtual Sew-cial - International Quilting Day 
I am working on my KING SIZE SCRAP QUILT....here is a picture of the quilt under the machine...what a BEAR to quilt!!!

I have never made a king size quilt before, and believe me, at this time of my life I REALLY didn't need to decide to make one now...but I loved this Wiggly Whimsy Scrap Quilt from http://rubybluequilts.blogspot.com/ she started a quilt along a couple of months ago and I decided to make this quilt.

The reason I wanted to make a king size one was because I can never get a quilt large enough to fit my 4 poster king size bed...it has side rails and the comforters always are way too short...and I don't use a dust ruffle.  I loved the look of this scrappy quilt so I forged ahead.

Not difficult to make the top...but I decided to use a sheet for the back and add a border all around......what was I thinking??????  The back has given me nightmares.  Finally I have it together and am quilting my brains out...just straight line, but what a nightmare to get this thing under the machine!   I chose a 'fluffy' polyester batting because I didn't want it to be toooooo heavy!

After it is finished and washed I will post a picture...wish me luck!!

HAPPY QUILTING DAY!!!!  Don't forget to COMMENT for the giveaway.........

Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Block

Here is the February block for the Sew Along hosted by Quiet Play


I'm trying to use mostly text, sew and dots, etc as my backgrounds.  I used a metallic fabric for the blade...which would have shown up better had I reversed the print with the dots!   Anyway, a FUN block to do.

Thanks for stopping!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Sewing Paper Pieced Quilt Along

 This is the first block in the new paper pieced quilt along hosted by  


I can't get the button to work as a link...so sorry, but just go to the blog above.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Around the World Quilt

Here are the latest blocks I've made in this quilt along...lots of fun!

For Judy

For Ursi

and for Tanya

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

November Doll Quilt Swap

Here is my Doll Quilt for Vickie, my partner for November.

This is the quilt she sent me.  The colors and quilting are just beautiful!  She also included 3 gorgeous 'pinnies'! Thanks Vickie, it was fun swapping with you.

Click to enlarge.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry-Seas the Day Doll Quilt

Wow...can't believe it's time again for the BLOGGER'S QUILT FESTIVAL hosted by Amy...



I decided to enter my doll quilt, SEAS THE DAY, which was made for the August Doll Quilters Monthly Swap.


This was a fun little quilt to make...I had scraps of the 'fruit ladies' fabric and a little water scene scrap....so I fused and raw edge appliqued the ladies to the beach scene...then added a small yellow border and then a 2 inch blue check border....then just assembled the  palm tree and bits and pieces of rocks, crabs and shells.  I embroidered SEAS THE DAY and free motion quilted the water, around the ladies, the palm tree, rocks, etc.  I thought the quilt fit the theme of the month...Sunny and Warm quite well.  The quilt measures about 16" square.

Finished Quilt measures 16" x 16"

Quilted by Anita Amodeo

Techniques used, raw edge applique

Best Catagory, Doll quilt, Wall Hanging, Art Quilt

  Check it out!....Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 14, 2012

My Paris Block for the Around the World Quilt Along 2

One of the blocks that I had to make for the AROUND THE WORLD QUILT ALONG 2 is below.  It is for a PARIS themed black and white quilt with a tiny bit of aqua....

I had some Betty Boop fabric...cute with red hearts...so I cut out the BB with the saying 'Going My Way?"...and made a paper pieced pattern for wonky flying geese to represent a road...the whole thing went on a Paris Street Map fabric.  Came out cute...hope she likes it!!


Have a great day!

Friday, August 10, 2012

August Doll Quilt Swap

Here is the quilt I received from Linda G. for the August Doll Quilters Monthly Swap.

She even made a little 'hexie' note card!

Check out Doll Quilters Monthly...you may want to join in the fun!


Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Texting While Sewing

I made another Texting While Sewing block.......

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I have the book WHEN QUILTERS GATHER by Ruth B. McDowell for several years.  It has 20 wonderful designs of quilters doing their thing...from picking fabric, to cutting, sewing...just wonderful designs. 

I misplaced the book and just recently found it...I couldn't resist making this block and adding the texting while sewing among the free motion quilting!  Just the thing for a literal interpretation for the Texting While Sewing challenge going on at During Quiet Time...


Check it out!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

August Doll Quilt Swap

Well my August partner lives in California...I live in Florida.
We both mailed our quilts on Monday...she got mine today!  That sure was FAST!!
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Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Texting While Sewing

I've joined Amy's http://duringquiettime.blogspot.com/ summer contest Texting While Sewing.  Swing by there and take a look, a really fun block contest and many wonderful prizes!

I had an idea about making a block for this contest...a literal translation of the title...I also wanted to use only text fabrics or fabrics with a sewing theme.

My idea was that this lady was texting while she was chain piecing and got distracted...well her chain piecing was flying out the window....
anyway, I thought it was kind of funny.

While I was gathering my fabrics I remembered I had this great Spanish tile fabric...small too.   Fit perfectly under the needle of the machine!

I also cut hair out of one of the fabrics, turned it upside down and arranged the pieces to fit my lady's head...didn't turn out too shabby! 

Well here is my finished block....one thing, and if any one has an idea please let me know...I couldn't make the cell phone look like a cell phone...it looks more like a Kindle!!  I'm not able to figure how to make a keyboard in that small size that doesn't look like a blob!

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Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out this contest!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June Doll Quilt

Now that my quilt has been received by Sharon I can post a picture.

The theme for the month is 'Something old...new...borrowed or blue!

The 'quilt' is paper pieced...from the Sew Out Loud quilt along I just finished...thought it was appropriate for the theme.


Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Little Scene

Here is the quilt I made for 'May Flowers' in the Doll Quilters Monthly swap....

This is a picture before it was quilted and washed.

Lastly the label...Enjoy Chris!


Thanks for visiting...have a wonderful day!