Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lunch, Anyone?

After seeing a few adorable lunch bags floating around IG...I decided to it was time to try it out!
This super cute lunch bag is a free tutorial available on Ayumi's blog, Pink Penguin. 
It was so easy to make and just perfect for the fun Japanese fabrics from the shop. 
The bag has a drawstring interior...
I just love it! I plan to make a few more to give as Christmas gifts with cookies or treats tucked inside!
happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 28, 2015

A Winner and a Winning Sewing Machine Cover

Gill Watson! You are a winner! You won the e-version of Sweet Tweets! Congratulations :) I sent you an email.
A few weeks ago, I decided to tackle a sewing machine cover for my Janome 6600. I was still using the vinyl cover that came with the machine. But when a terrific load of Yuwa fabric was dropped on our shop...I just knew it was time!
This fabric, in particular, was the one that got my wheels spinning!
So without a pattern...just a good foundation of bag and box making...I set forth to create....
  I truly cobbled this together! Honestly, it was whack and hack!
I added a long pocket (divided) made of Hexies! Some of my favorite pieces fussy cut and some of the sweet hexies Susi sent to me!
I added a smaller hexie pocket on the reverse side...and some pieced well as bits of some of my favorite fabrics ;)
On both ends, I added tall pockets for rulers and tall things! Notice the fussy cutting! Hahahaha!
It was fun putting it together and really not difficult. I do find that if I am attempting something from scratch...oversize the pieces when possible. It's like your hair, you can always cut more's difficult to put it back together. 
happy Monday!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sweet Tweets!

When Erin Cox of Why Not Sew? asked me to participate in her book blog hop....of course, I said YES!
I have known Erin for years and have long admired her adorable projects! Writing a book and sharing her ideas seemed like a natural next step. And, boy, I am so glad she took that step!
Sweet Tweets guides you through using raw edge applique and a technique called sketch applique to create sweet projects.
Erin includes tips on preparing the applique, which foot to use for sketching, and oodles of projects to make!
But you aren't limited to just the projects in the book. This book is a great jumping off point for using the templates and techniques to create your own sketch applique project!
And that is exactly what I did!
I used Erin's delightful birds and heart template and did a little sketching....
to make a pretty 'tweet' pencil pouch for a special little girl!
I added a fun yarn fringe pull!  I can't wait to give it to her!
Erin is having a big giveaway on the last day of the blog hop so be sure to head over here 
on Saturday September 26th!
If you would like to win your own e version of Sweet Tweets...leave a comment here! I will choose a winner on Saturday September 27th at 10 pm EDT. Good luck!
Have a 'tweet' day!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Spring Fever!

Some time ago, I purchased Jen Kingwell's book, Quilt Lovely.
What a fitting title!
Everything in the book is LOVELY! I couldn't decide what to start first...until I saw Spring Fever at Minneapolis Quilt Market.
I saw Spring Fever in person and fell in love with the butterflies and flowers...and that scalloped border!
In between a gazillion other projects and family obligations - did I mention we have a newly engaged daughter - I have been plugging away at the blocks...

I enjoy working on it because it is a combination of machine piecing and hand applique. That works so well for me right now. I can piece with the machine and take the hand stitching with me as I go! Perfect!

I decided the new Heather Ross line Tiger Lily would be perfect for this quilt pattern. We received our selection of Tiger Lily in the shop - and if you are itching to pick some up...we have it at a great price! Personally, I would love to stash tons of this line, but as of now, it is not being reprinted...and there are only a couple of prints available from the manufacturer.... **insert sad face**
 But since I can't just work on one project at a time....I picked up the Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt....oh my! What a lovely book!
More on that next time! 
xo mary


Monday, August 24, 2015

Mollie Makes!!!

I was beyond giddy to be asked by Mollie Makes to contribute instructions for my clammy pouch. I am sure you have seen this zippy case in many of my pictures here and on IG. This little pouch is very near and dear to my heart because it includes bits of my very favorite fabrics!
You will find the instructions in Mollie Makes Issue 57 which went on sale in the UK this week! I suspect it will be in the US in a few weeks.
You can bet I will be hunting down a few copies! 
I love working with hand applique projects and the clamshell shape is one of my favorites. Plus the extra-special wonderful thing is...the size of your pouch can be easily adjusted...make it larger or make it smaller!
I made another using many of the fabrics from our Sunny Day Supply shop and a wee bit of fabric from my sweet friend Janelle! She knows me so well :)
     And Tiger Lily (which we have in the shop at a GREAT price!) is perfect for this little project!
Have a lovely Monday! I will be back soon to share with you my progress on the Spring Fever blocks!
xo mary   

Saturday, August 1, 2015


 I mentioned in my last post that I had a little swap with Susi!
If you follow Instagram you will know Susi as Lillaluise.

I was delighted when Susi suggested we might have fun with a little hexie swap!

Well, I know I made out like a bandit in this fun little swap!

Susi sent the most amazing pieced one inch hexies...pieced! I am impressed!


And an amazing drawstring bag...

 And fabric and fun kitties and horses!

and there was candy, but I took care of that right away!

Thank you so much, Susi! It was sweet of you to suggest a little hexie swap and then to spoil me so was above and beyond! 

I have already used a few hexies Susi sent in a special project...

Thank you again, Susi!
xo mary

Whoa, July!

Well July showed me who was boss! 
We had tons of walking the dog was a real treat!

We had a wedding in the family! My niece, Katie, was married! 


It was a beautiful wedding! We love weddings!
The rehearsal dinner was held in an Aviation Museum...very fun for the pilot-husbands!

    Between weddings and dogs...I have been stitching away on my Spring Fever Quilt...

 And I managed a little swap with Susi from Germany! 

Here is what I sent Susi!

 I wish I could say I have been traveling and having a great time, but we have a grandma to take to the grocery and doctors its a bit difficult to go away for very long.

That's okay...I enjoy all the vacation photos posted on IG! I am keeping a list of all the places I want to visit :) hehe!
Hope you are having a wonderful summer!