Saturday, April 28, 2012

New Fabric!

I went fabric shopping... I really wasn't going to buy anything...Really!!!
 But, I found this great shop in Winston Salem, NC.

Although there are not any batiks, it is loaded with modern fabrics from the hottest designers. 
I got two great pieces to make into A-line skirts for our trip to Italy in September. 
I found both in the "sale" area.
 Karen has a famous $6 a yard wall! Fabric to die for!

Here's the fabric for my fun skirts...

I'm going to use the Amy Butler pattern.
 My plan is to take T-shirts that will go with
both skirts and pairs of black and khaki capris.
 This girl will be traveling lite!!!

I also got some darling fabric to make gathered skirts for these two cute little girls...

Meet my darling grandnieces, Avery and Caroline!
Here is the fabric for the little skirts...

I thinik Avery, the older of the two - 5 years old - will get the green skirt.
Caroline needs the Carolina Blue one.
Sweet Caroline is a very talkative 3 year old. 
Check out their new 8 week old sister...

Here lies the best baby ever!
She sleeps through the night! She coos and smiles! She rarely fusses!
Elena Claire is precious!

Oh, I have also been busy in the yard with DH... 

Here's the front door and courtyard.
And, here's the front yard...

We can hardly wait for the 50+ impatients we planted to get bigger and bigger!
Here is the newest raised bed. My DH, Dick, built the brick wall. I love it! Six years in the house,
and we're finally done with landscaping the front.
The remaining pile of mulch is going on the flower beds in the back yard.

My daughter, Amber, made the most adorable yard wreath...

It's filled with succulents and moss.
And, yes... there are baby bluebirds in the box.

Someday soon I'm going to tell you about Emma Kate, Canon and Carter...
 My other sweet grandnieces and grandnephew.

That's it for now!
Keep stitchin' for the ones you love.

Hugs from Mary

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Welcome Blog Hoppers
from Sew We Quilt! 
I have so enjoyed visiting everyone's blog
and getting new ideas. 
These table toppers are so fun. 

I'm posting a few days early because I'm off to visit my niece and her three sweet little girls. I haven't even hugged Elena yet. She was just born in February. 
A sweet little Valentine for our family

 I started with a table runner and then knew I had to do a topper to go with it.
The runner is a pattern by Karen Brown at Java House Quilts. (Sorry, I don't have that link.)
 I adapted the pattern to fit what I wanted and have the runner sitting on our china credenza.  
Someday my DH wants a koi pond in our backyard. I thought it would be fun to tease him with this runner.

(OMG, don't look at my toes in that picture! I haven't had my spring pedicure yet!)

Now the table topper....
 We have a sweet old orange cat named Miss Puny Puss. 
I wanted to show her relaxing by the pond, maybe tired from teasing the koi... taking a nap.

I used a variegated orange/brown thread to stitch her fur.  Also, I have a small palm tree and  cut off an old frond to use as a pattern for the palms. I also stitched around the dragon flies that are part of the fabric. The wings are stitched with a metallic silver. The dragon fly in the upper right corner I thread sketched without a pattern.  I have not completed this piece yet. I want to stitch in some grasses at the water's edge to make it look like Miss PP is napping in a nice grassy retreat. 

Here is the overall look.

That's it! That's my table topper! Hope you enjoyed the show.

Be sure to visit these talented ladies and see their fabulous table toppers


Thank you so much for visiting & remember.....

Always Keep Stitchin' For the Ones You LOVE!

Hugs from Mary and Miss Puny Puss 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

More Tote Bags and a Purse

I've taken a break from the spring gardening to make some birthday gifts and a new purse for me.

My purse is from Karen West's "Itty Bitty Bag" pattern. I love this size purse and have several.

I used a variegated thread to free motion the bamboo and then used the same thread to do a leaf and vine motif on the pockets. I used one of my machine's decorative threads to embellish the handles.

This is the knitting bag I made for my friend Cheri. It's from the Ghastly collection. The inside has pockets and places for knitting needles.

Last is the present for my friend, Alice. It's a chic BYOB bag to use when our community has Bring Your Own parties. I wanted it to be exotic and whimsical... if you look closely at the daisy pockets you will see that I embedded alligators in the flowers! I used gold metallic thread to outline the bamboo. Alice will LOL when she looks inside. I lined the bag with the leftover fabric I used when I made her whimsical foot cover after her ankle surgery. You can read about that here.

The bag is a 6" square with pellon sides and bottom. I can hold a bottle of cheer along with several wine glasses and napkins. Do you see the golden alligators in the daisies? Fun!
Extra stitching down the sides gives it shape and form.

I know the girls will get a kick out of these gifts and hopefully use them often.
Keep stitchin' for the ones you love! 
Hugs from Mary

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Today's Visitor...

This is what we saw this morning...

Luckily he stays on the other side of the fairway!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gardening vs Quilting

Long time no blog.... Here on the coast of NC, SPRING has arrived. I've never seen the grass green up so rapidly or the Japanese Maples leaf out so quickly! Yikes! No time for sewing, I need to plant annuals, fertilize, prune, pull weeds.... huff and puff... that's what I'm busy with.
Hugs from Mary with the dirty hands and ruined fingernails.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Beach Quilt

I've finished a beach quilt that is a wedding gift for one of my daughter's friends. Her family has many wonderful memories of family vacations at Nags Head. I hope Lori loves it.

I'm also hoping the bright border gives the picture a younger more 'hip' look! 
Flip flops at the beginning of the trail give the illusion of a couple gone walking... a personal story maybe...

Already... I've revised the quilt. DH pointed out that there were no birds in the sky... Oops!

I added the birds and toned down the wet sand with a white oil pastel crayon.
Now... it is finished!!!

Keep stitchin' for the ones you love.
Hugs from Mary

Friday, February 24, 2012

Art Quilt Inspiration

So beautiful... Look what greeted me this morning as I walked out the front door with my cup of coffee... just wanting to roam the yard and pull a few weeds...

Are you inspired to do an art quilt? I may be... Love the way the sun is coming in and highlighting the ruffles of the petals.

Back to reality! Must hurry, I tee off in 45 minutes and still need to get dressed in proper golf attire which is just about anything except jeans.

Hugs to you from me.