Saturday, January 23, 2016

Winter Storm "Jonas" ..... a whopper !!

So this was the scene from my kitchen window this morning .....

I thought it was appropriate to light my "Winter Morning" candle....

.... and by 3:00 PM, my car was pretty much buried in the driveway ( this is after I uncovered it a bit) 

....  and  as per usual, ignoring the gigantic "should list" category of the "To Do " list, I came across these 2 drawings ( more like doodles on scrap paper) I started about 8 (yes 8) years ago .... 

 ..... and all of a sudden I just couldn't stand to not have them colored in .....

..... so, after shoveling out my car, I came inside and relaxed with some very therapeutic coloring !!!    Maybe one of these days ( probably 8 more years) "Let it Snow" and "The Skating Season" drawings will turn into something else ?  Applique maybe ??  

Hope you are warm and cozy if you are in the path of "Jonas"  !!! 

Be back soon !
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Am I too late to say "Happy New Year "????

Ok ..... so I'm only about 2  - 3 weeks late on the "Happy New Year" thing  ...... in my world that's still within the realm of  being on time !  As you can see, the baby quilt ( last post) still isn't finished ..... baby is now 3 months old ( again, in my world that's still within the realm of being on time !)   So here and there I'm  stitching down fluffy fluffy clouds and "dream houses" floating on clouds ...... promise to show you when it's finished ! 

Then there's the teensy matter of my sewing room /stash mess ...... ( and here you are only seeing a smattering of my "collection" ) ..... and there's a graduation quilt ( or two) partly finished AND my soon to be daughter in law's Bridal Shower to plan .... AND I have to hunt for a Mother of the Groom dress (a major under taking)  .... AND what the heck am I gonna do with my hair !!!!!!  (big sigh) ... The wedding is going to be here before ( way before ) I'm organized !!!  ( May 28th ....... oh , wait ..... I have TONS of time ..... don't I??????) 

Be back soon ! ( I know ..... I keep saying that ....)
Toodles ,
Mary Anne ( aka Mare)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Here I am ..........

So ........ it's only been a few months ( as in 6) since I last posted anything ....... ugh!  How dare the day job get in my way so much !!!!   I have managed to squeeze in the start ( notice "start" not "finish") of a couple of projects.  This first one is a high school graduation quilt ( and yes, the recipient is now in college..... but only a freshman ..... so far).  I was inspired by those cute labels sitting there by the fabric and my pen ( found in the scrapbooking sections at Michaels)  to make a signature quilt .  And I'm using a layer cake of Kate Spain "Sunnyside"  fabric that I just LOVE !!!

Here is the preliminary layout with Sam's assistance. 

......and here we have Daisy lounging on the beginnings of a baby quilt (my niece's baby girl due at the end of this month .....).   Of course my family is taking bets on whether this will be finished in time for the baby to go to kindergarten or college !!!  

Well, hope to be back soon with a picture of one of these quilts actually finished ( but lets not hold our breath !)

Be back soon ! (aren't I being optimistic !)
Mary Anne ( aka Mare)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter !! Happy Spring !!

Well hello there and Happy Easter !!   It's been quite  a LONG stretch since I had time or was in the mood to post here on my poor lonely blog.  Lots has gone on in the past few months.....some sad and some happy.    And, my old excuse of the day job just eating up my every waking minute hasn't improved ..... in fact its worse ..... UGH!!!    But, if there is just one constant in my life , it's FABRIC  and SEWING and my quest to make time for them  ( I know I should put fitness in there some where too , but right now there really isn't room for either, and if I get to choose one that might squeeze into my day between 2 AM and 8 AM, it's gonna be FABRIC and SEWING darn it !!!) .   Any how,  I'm hoping to be able to resume blogging my sewing/quilting/designing escapades every now and then ( I have a wedding quilt to design and make .... my first baby is engaged !!!!   Guess he's not a baby anymore ..... ). 
Well, as is my usual for a weekend, I have hours and hours of work to document into my computer left over from the past work week  ..... and no time to sew or play with fabric or colored pencils ...... so I am going to console myself with a chocolate Easter egg or 6  and wish you all a Happy Easter or Happy Passover. 

Be back soon ( I hope !)
Mary Anne ( aka Mare)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Quick & Easy Cell Phone Case

So, I got a new cell phone .......and it didn't fit into my old cell phone case ( which was pretty thread bare anyway).  So I decided to make a new cell phone case .  After much pondering ( way too much!)  on whether to make it out of cotton or wool felt, the wool felt won out ( mostly because my laziness stepped in and decided the wool felt would give my cell phone the cushioning it needed without having to do the extra step of quilting the fabric,  which the cotton would need ). 

My first step was to make a pattern out of paper  to get the design I wanted and to make sure my phone was going to fit inside. 

 Next, I use the pattern to cut out my wool felt pieces.  (just 2 pieces;  the back piece is longer than the front so it can fold down over the front ). I used pinking sheers to cut out my main pattern pieces.  I had fun making a simple wool felt applique design of leaves and a stem ( which I stitched on with black thread  before sewing the front and back together).  I folded down the top of the back piece then sewed the front and back pieces together (wrong sides together) using 1/4 " top stitching .

I used a small piece of elastic cording for my button loop.  I found the best way to hold it in place to stitch it down was by using a piece of tape and sewing right through it.   Then I stitched on a fabric covered button .

Last step is to give the folded down flap a good pressing for a nice crease ........ and you're done !!!  Quick and easy !!!   (My original idea was to sew some sort of straps on so the case could hang from my purse strap,  but I decided to leave them off for now ...... maybe I'll add them at some point, but for now, I just toss the whole thing inside my purse).

Now I should do something about the way I store my tea bags and sweetener in my purse !!!  I googled "Tea Bag Wallets"  and actually found  a whole bunch of  cute ideas !!!!    Hmmmmmm ........I'm thinking  Christmas gift idea !!!!!  (now I just have to get organized and start making them ......... BEFORE Christmas Eve !!!)
Be back soon !
Mary Anne ( aka Mare)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hello October !!!

YAY !!!! October is here !!!  I think autumn is my favorite season .  I just love the colors and the crisp cool weather.  AND, as you can see,  I love taking pictures of the colors and scenery.  

Now, because I'm not easily distracted enough already, I recently acquired a fancy shmancy phone from my husband ( who didn't like it and let it sit on a shelf for the past year)  ...... AND I figured out how to take pictures with this fancy phone and ( drum roll please) .... I figured out how to post them on facebook  ALL BY MYSELF !!!  My college boys didn't even have to help !!!!

So,  anyway ..... as I said ..... I'm already easily distracted ...... and now, with this fancy phone , I  must have stopped a zillion times yesterday and today during my work day ( making physical therapy home care visits)  ..... and took pictures .....

lots of pictures of the GORGEOUS autumn scenery that I pass everyday making my rounds ........ and then I posted them on facebook !  ( and I'm sure my college boys are rolling their eyes and groaning ....... and thinking "enough already Mom!!!").

OK ..... so enough with the scenery pictures ( for now.....) .  Instead, here's a picture of a yet to be finished table runner /wall hanging (not sure yet which category it falls into)  that I started last year ...... and hope to finish this year......... :)
Well, I've piddled around enough today ...... got to get back to work!
Be back soon!
Mary Anne ( aka Mare)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Big Stitch Hand Quilting Quilt As You Go

So today I had a chance to pretend I was Aunt Bee sitting on my porch just relaxing and hand quilting and enjoying this beautiful September Sunday afternoon ( with NO HUMIDITY !!!).   This is my "Lazy Days of Summer " quilt I blogged  about in my last post back in July ( and yes, the summer FLEW by .... but technically it's still summer until Sept. 22nd right ?)  

I'm hand quilting each block separately (i.e. Quilt As You Go) ..... using Big Stitch quilting ( only because my hand stitching automatically qualifies for that technique  ...... no bazillion stitches to the inch no matter how hard I try!  So thank goodness monster stitches are now "in" !!!)
I found some very good and helpful info on "Big Stitch" (aka "Pick Stitching") quilting using perle cotton  #8 embroidery thread from 2 articles.   This article Getting to The Point- About Hand Quilting Needles  was very helpful with what needles work best.  Then I found a tutorial for the general technique of "Pick Stitching " on Mollie Flanders Makerie.   And the "Quilt As You Go"  technique of hand quilting each block first before joining the blocks I learned WAY back in the first class I took in 1986  ..... it was a class based on the original Queen of Quilt As You Go,  Georgia Bonesteel's books and method.
So,  one block partially hand quilted .....and a bunch more to go ......but this quilt is for me and I'm not going to stress about it or how long it may take to finish  ...... it's my "de - stress quilt" and I'm determined to enjoy the process !!!
Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)