27 June 2016

Another Baby Quilt

Just finished the top for this Baby Quilt, my girlfriend's other daughter is having her 1st Baby and she wanted blues and creams, soooo this is what I made:
Her husband proposed in Paris and they were married in Destin, Florida so that is why the choice of fabrics, I tried to pull a little more blue - well, aqua, she doesn't know if its a boy or girl, but I like the water theme, what do you think? I stuck with Pinwheels as I really like that for babies, why? have no clue.... Have a great Week, Hugs, Mary

09 June 2016

New Impressions, Another one done...

Hi everyone, yes I finished another block...I think this one is my favorite block. I love birds, especially bluebirds, Enjoy,
closer look:
Well, off to travel a little, hope you all have a great weekend, Hugs, Mary

05 June 2016

Unexpected friend...

Found this near my garden... Beautiful butterfly😉

16 May 2016

New Impressions... Still stitching...

New Impressions: Here are my new blocks that I have so far:

30 March 2016

Making dresses for Africa ...shared from humble quilts.com

https://m.facebook.com/pages/Little-Dresses-For-Africa/108242519205102?soft=bookmarks

07 March 2016

Happy March, I'm still here....

Hi all, just wanted to add two more blocks, one is finished, one is in the works....I am really slow with this project, but keep pluggin along,
My mom is in recovery, so trying to get her strong each and every day.... oh and here is my clan in New York last month...
Many Hugs, Mary

19 January 2016

Hi there....

Well Happy New Year to all quilting blogland! I am here....since Thanksgiving, My 92 yr old Mom's health has deteriorated slowly, she is back in the hospital as I write this. So, my quilting life has taken a backseat...I am still working on my blocks from When the Cold Wind Blows, but am very behind in a lot of other projects, therefore, I just wanted those to know that I am still around and am checking in on others blogs :) While sitting in my Mom's hospital room, I have been catching up on reading some of the many quilting magazines that seem to collect in my house. I read this by Mark Lipinski and it really was like reading works of wisdom. Mark says, "Taking a breath and stitching with intention is taking a forward step to gain physical, creative, spiritual and financial benefits through our creative process slowing down and being present will not only up your quilting game, it can transform every part of life - Slow Stitching Movement by Mark Lipinski. So now I don't feel that bad that I only stitch here and there where I can find time. It seems at night I get a lot of my handwork done, but since Thanksgiving, not so much, so I keep reading what Mark said and it is inspiring to me... I hope all is well with all of you, and I wish you (a little late than never) a very Happy and Healthy 2016. Hugs Mary It is not the destination but the journey that counts (kate knight) ;)

05 December 2015

Some block finishes & more...

Hi everyone, hope all is well in your neck of the woods.. I have been stitching here non stop for weeks, so here are a couple of finishes (blocks that is), not quilts...
I have had this block all fused down and then it sat for years? yes, years, so was on a mission to complete this block and now move on to the next...
Finished this 1st block and now on the block 2:
will be working on snowman block this weekend, hopefully will finish... then, I am a slow snail when it comes to these blocks but I do like how they are turning out:
there is a group of ladies that are much farther than I, but this is what I have so far, 2 more are prepped and waiting to be stitched down. And lastly, my Eagle quilt, am getting the stars ready for stitching, have two stitched so far:
Well, that is it for now. On another note, please keep my 92 yr old Mom in your prayers, she fell 2 weeks ago and has fractured her tail bone, so she is mending but very very slowly. Also, my sister, Nancy is having spinal surgery next month if her bones are strong enough, this will be her 3rd spinal fusion, so I really need your prayers, Thank you and Many many hugs, Mary

09 November 2015

Red Hats for February, 2016 American Heart Association

Please help, if you are in Illinois here is the info below: Volunteers for the American Heart Association are celebrating American Heart Month by knitting red hats for all babies born in February at participating hospitals. We’re raising awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. We need your help! If you knit or crochet and would like to participate in the Little Hats, Big HeartsTM project, please let us know. We gratefully accept both baby hats and donations of yarn. Deadline: Hats will be accepted from August 1, 2015 until December 31, 2015. Please mail them to: Anne Schullo American Heart Association 208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1500 Chicago, IL 60604 Yarn donations can be sent to the same address. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Schullo at (312) 476-6614 or Anne.Schullo@heart.org.
Hugs, Mary

03 November 2015

Newest little project...

Hi here is my newest little project, it measuers 23x37, #308 Snowy Days by Heart to Hand. I purchased it through the Quilted Crow, Not stitched down yet, but though I would share 1st block:
All done in Wool, love snowmen, so this one was right up my alley, so to speak, Hugs, Mary

19 October 2015

My slow stitchin Sunday...

Hi all! Well, I worked on this block all day yesterday (Sunday) and didn't finish to late in evening so didn't have time to post on Slow Stitchin Sunday, but here is my latest on Quilt Like An Eagle quilt I am making. This block is my favorite because of the house...
Now to make the stars in between...so it is still a work in progress but wanted to share, Hugs, Mary

14 October 2015

New Impressions - Block 2

Hi - well, I finished block 2 of New Impressions, this block was very difficult for me, had to rip out leaves and two berries are really not correctly positioned, but my little bird is catching a berry as it falls of branch - I think???!?!?
I did think of enlarging (like you said Karen) but I think I will keep them the size they are supposed to be - this one is going to take me longer than most though, I can just feel it. Well, hope everyone is having a great Wednesday, Hugs, Mary

13 October 2015

When the Cold Wind Blows and more

Hi Blogging Family, Well, first I want to thank all the ladies that have posted on how to change your profile email from "no comment blogger", it really helped me change mine! I guess when I added Google+ it messed up my settings, so thank you thank you to all the ladies that have walked me through step by step! I have been hand sewing at night...here is the newest installment on my blocks:
I finished up the second block, fixed a couple of mistakes on it, then on to the next block, everything is measured, cut out and now to baste. That is project one. I also am playing catch up with my blocks from "New Impressions" - The Women, I am still stitching away on block two. I don't know if I really like these blocks as they are very small and time consuming for me. Others are whipping through them, but for Me it is taking me a long time, and I did have to seam rip some of the leaves on block two because they were not where they were supposed to be...pics to follow when I finally finish block two. Project three is SBOW I am doing from primitive gatherings- don't even get me started on that one, very very small wool pieces that I am having a very difficult time with, very time consuming - I think I actually might sell this whole pattern on wool on ebay, any takers. I just don't have the patience anymore! Project Four - Christmas Wallhangings as gifts - yes I am trying to make a few - can't share just yet and finally, our oldest Daughter Kate, ran and finished the Chicago Marathon Sunday. She ran to raise money for Crones Disease which my Son, her brother was born with, so congrats Kate she raised $1,650.00 YEAH! So Proud of her, and all my kids,
I am so blessed! Well, August, September and October have been a blur around here, but trying to slow down and breathe Lots of Hugs, Mary

06 October 2015

Comments please

Please leave comment if you read my blog. I really love to hear your thoughts and your words really lift me up and motivate me...thank you, Hugs, Mary

04 October 2015

Hi all...

Hi blog! I read a really great post from "Kathy" (forgive me I don't remember blog name, but she talked about keeping up with all our many to do projects and how overwhelmed she felt and I agree or at least as they say "I feel you". I have been feeling that way for some time now. There are just so many projects I am doing or started... Too many to count...too many tabs open in my mind...that I have let some of them really fall to the back... Some have not even gotten to!!! Augh!!! Sigh sigh...sorry I am rambling...but Fall is one of my favorite times of the year and really wanted some fall wall hangings that I never got to so....I bought yes bought 2 on etsy. And want to share w you: the first is by "Karen Hahn of HorseAndBuggyCountry"...beautifully stitched wool applique...well worth the price
. Then I bought this beautiful pumpkin wall hanging from "Lori Rippey of homespunptimsbylori". Gorgeous pumpkin now hanging in my kitchen
. So as u can see at least I am supporting the economy and supporting 2 very talented ladies that have designed these two beauties and then handmade them! I have been slow stitching 4 other projects and cutting fabric for a 5th project which u will fill u in a little later on about but thank you Lori and Karen for making my home look inviting for Fall ..Happy Oct everyone Many hugs, Mary

17 September 2015

Thursday Mutterings....

Hi everyone, I have not been blogging because I am trying to finish up 5 different project, yes that is 5 and the blocks I am trying to finish will move me onto to 5 other blocks and so on and so on....so I am not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I read so many blogs and am awed at the finishes u are achieving! Well, this is one of the projects that I have a little more hand stitching to do, the basket and lower stem and lower flower, then on to block 3! Keep stitching, (hopefully faster than me!!) Mary

21 August 2015

Finishing Friday

Just a couple of things: 1. I finished the Baby Quilt for my girlfriend's daughter. It will be shipped out tomorrow, she is due September 5th, so just made it, Whew!! I am doing a happy dance over here, so here it is:
I actually packed this quilt on vacation in July, and started quilting it then, but just put the binding on last night. I like how it turned out I only hope she does as well... Seriously, I have about 4 other projects going on right now, so every night is spent hand stitching one of them, I thank God for my eyesight and my hands. It's weird but that is what I think of when I am handstitching, how sad it would be if I didn't have either, so am very Thankful!! Also, I have two new friends who have made a home in my gutter right outside of my kitchen window, I had to take a pic for you:
I have watched the mother make here nest in June and have been very careful not to disturb - it is amazing to watch the beauty of nature right outside your window I am thankful for that too! Well, I hope everyone has a beautiful weekend and I am praying for all those affected by those wild fires in the northwest, Lots of Hugs, Mary

04 August 2015

MY NEEDLE AND THREAD BY MARY: The Women

MY NEEDLE AND THREAD BY MARY: The Women

The Women

Hi everyone, Here is my first block of New Impressions, I am making this quilt like the back cover although I picked a subtle red/white background and am going to use more blues in my quilt: Here is my first block so far:
Karen from Log Cabin Quilting is also making this quilt so check out her blog as well, Lots of Hugs, Mary

28 July 2015

I'm back!!

Hi quilting buddies...I've spent two weeks at the outer banks...not much sewing done....I was rather lazy...oh I had such great plans but, well, just sat by ocean and soaked up the beautiful salt air🌻 More pics to follow but I did catch up on my blog viewing of all your wonderful beautiful work.. Now to get back in the swing of things Lots of sunny restful hugs, Mary

10 July 2015

Vacation....

Hi all, I will be on vacation for the next two weeks, hope to do a lot of stitchin by the seashore!! Stay well and see you when I get back! Hugs, Mary