Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival

Hi to all first-time visitors to my blog! You are most welcome! My name is Mary, and I am the photo on the right. Lillian is my great-grandmother, and this blog is dedicated to her. Feel free to get more acquainted with me via the "About Me" tab.

For those of you not attached to the quilting world, every so often we share significant pieces we've made and link up via a central hub (found here), almost like a virtual show-and-tell.

This time I'm featuring my Stained Glass Quilt.

The inspiration for this quilt began when a good friend of mine became engaged. For years I've said what a quality individual this friend is, and I wanted to do something very special for the couple. Both are in their early 30s, and they've held out for one another in a lot of ways. The bride is from the UK, and the groom is Southern, so I was challenged to come up with a style that would work for both.

When I saw this quilt, I thought it would be perfect. Guess what?

It was.

Bride-to-be at her linen shower

Mottled greys from hand-dying

Passing it 'round

Examining the self-binding

The dedication

The label

Blessing the couple with LIFE and HOPE

I hand-quilted out of necessity (my machine was overdue for a tune-up at the time, and her stitches showed it!) and was finishing the binding the day of the shower. But of all the quilts I've worked on this year, this one's my favorite. I'm proud of the way it turned out, and it's a reflection of my heart for these two wonderful people.

Thanks for popping by! Click here to return to the Festival.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Four Square

Long days this week have meant fewer moments for sewing, but last night and today I was able to finish up some blocks I've been working on. At the moment, I can't reveal the purpose for them, but let's just say I enjoyed the chance to try out some new designs!

Double hourglass tutorial here.

I made one of these for my OYG Bee sampler, but I liked it so much I made another! Question:  is it true that this orientation of the Bow Tie block goes by "True Lovers Knot"? Tutorial here.

Next was a Supernova block, but though I referenced the tutorial, I didn't follow it. Maybe that's why my triangles didn't match up exactly? Oh, well. It's the thought that counts, and I'm along for the ride!

Finally, my favorite. I attempted to duplicate an antique block from the flea market. Ultimately, I wanted to see if I could replicate it and, eventually, write a tutorial when it's my turn for the OYG Bee. I love the way it turned out, even though I used HST's and the original uses rhombuses. Does this block have a name? It's not exactly Weathervane. Do I get to name it, if no one else has? If so, any suggestions?

Hope your weekend is as glorious as mine! Enjoy!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Autumn Yarn

I have a hard time sitting and listening and not falling asleep. Sometimes I create projects for myself for this very reason!

Although I am quite new to knitting, I decided it was time for a new hat, and knitted it would be. Behold my first attempt!

If it had a name, I'd call it an "acorn cloche". I only own one pair of knitting needles, and I've never knit in the round, so I made two pieces and stitched them together. Then I took the wacky little rattail, curled it around and stitched it down. Voila! Hat! Maybe not exactly what I had in mind, but functional and funky (off-beat?) nonetheless.

Another yarn splurge involved three skeins of organic cotton. My original thought was some sort of rebozo, but after crocheting through one skein, I realized I needed to simplify.

Last year I made a cowl as a Christmas present. This one's all for me! It's predominantly single crochets and a few rows of double. I'm not sure what that row of windows is called, but there are a few of them, too. Regardless, I love it!

Hope you're enjoying your October as much as I am mine!

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Good things come two by two!

In all the baby sewing I made a couple of Spool birds. They ended up nesting in my hope chest.

Christmas sewing is in full-swing! Influenced by this book (which I won in a giveaway!), I decided my first pair of potholders would be log cabins!

Now to the daunting task of quilting Insul-Brite(R)! At least I retrieved my walking foot from my friend.

I've settled in well to the new science gig and am finding ways to keep sewing in my life. Here's to balance and joy in spite of occupational constraints! :-)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Oh, Baby!

Baby, it's cold outside! My cousin and his wife are new parents, and as the fall just announced itself with chilly temperatures, I thought a pair of cashmere-blend booties would be just the thing!

I used this pattern from Lion Brand. After making sample, they came together easily, so much so that I decided to make a pair for my PI's baby! They looked cuter turned inside-out. I'm profuse with pictures as I used two balls of variegated yarn and am stunned at what a perfect match they are!

A couple of quilted bibs round out the set. Honestly I didn't put too much effort into the quilting. I think my best friend is borrowing my walking foot. I'll have to check on that. The only other modification was using sew-on velcro for the closures. I think I like it!

Both are backed with "Sweet Baby, Miracle Baby" print.

Here are all the pieces of my shower gift.

I didn't stay at the shower long enough for presents to be opened, but I expect they were well-received. In any case, I'm done with babies for a bit. There's a side swap for my quilting bee, and Christmas looms. I'm excited to make progress on those projects! Hopefully I'll get some time this week. Meanwhile, I've thrown a quilt top on my bed just for a change of colour, celebrating the new season and the new month! Happy October, y'all!