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!!

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

JUST SPOOLIN' AROUND



Click to enlarge

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

WINNER

CONGRATULATIONS JAN!!!

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


http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/

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

http://quietplay.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/and-sew-on-february-block.html


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  

http://quietplay.blogspot.com/



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


Check out Flicker

http://www.flickr.com/groups/qatwii/

THANKS FOR STOPPING...HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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!