Thursday, April 17, 2014

April - A Lovely Year of Finishes Participant Highlight ~ Mary at Fairly Merry


  
A Lovely Year of Finishes

Melissa and I are so excited to see and share all of your hard work.

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We also want to thank our sponsors this month.


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This month we have Mary, also known as Fairly Merry, with us.


Blog name: Fairly Merry, Mary Merrily Quilting Away
Blog address:  www.fairlymerry.blogspot.com
Name you’re known by throughout quilting world: Fairly Merry - IG, Flickr

What's your ALYoF goal this month.

To finish my Messenger bag! Done and you can read about the finish here!


How do you approach your sewing goals?  

I will look at photos of similar projects on Flickr and blogs, IG photos, and see how other sewists have approached a project.  What color combinations did others use? Will those work in my project?  I like to go off of photos rather than directions, I tend to skip over directions, which has caused a problem now and then.  Sometimes I dive right in, like my recent messenger bag - no pattern!  Yikes!

How do you organize/prioritize your projects?

I TRY so hard to be on time, not my best feature, but I will always get things done.  I've been working on several nurseries for friends, and the due dates of the babes have tended to be the dead line for those projects.  I have commissioned projects which I'm trying to keep high on the priority list.  Sadly, I have found that very little sewing time was being devoted to me, and this year I am changing that! I am working on a few 'me' items regardless of other deadlines.  
For organizing and keeping project fabric together, I have a selection of baskets, bins, and ziplock bags.  I like to keep the fabric with the project until it is completed.  I've had projects sit mor months, and then suddenly I want to use the fabric in something else, and there is a flurry of activity as I finish the first project to see how much fabric is leftover!

Baskets for Organizing Projects
Project Storage from Fairly Merry

Scrap Storage
Scrap Storage from Fairly Merry

What is your current favorite project that you are working on? Will you share pictures with us?

With the messenger bag finish, my next favorite project is the Feathers quilt, pattern by Alison Glass.  These are both projects for me!




My all time favorite to make for gifts is the Divided Basket, pattern by Noodlehead.  Adore this basket as a nursery gift, Easter basket, bathroom basket, it is fun to make & chose different color combinations.  




What is your dream project to work on?

I have two quilts I would love to make 1 is using the steam punk templates and the other is the Marcelle Medallion in the Liberty Love book.  Both of these are in my thinking process, but I have purchased the books, patterns or templates needed.  One day......

What is your favorite time of day to sew?  

Late night, little or no interruptions!

And here is her favorite quilting companion - Brandy
Brandy - Fairly Merry's Sewing Companion

What is your favorite quilting/sewing accessory?

I would have to say my Bernina 750 - it is a dream machine.  I don't think there is a project I can't tackle using this machine! I'm still finding new stitches and playing with new presser feet.  

What is your number one quilting/sewing goal for 2014?

My first goal was to bring down my number of obligation sewing projects (not that I don't adore sewing for others!) and bring up the number of projects for myself.  I am beginning to focus more on commissioned projects and selling.  I have an Etsy shop, and I would like to begin listing items, so far I've sold via Instagram and to people who know me.  Selling & orders should help me bring down my stash as I make a bit of funding for more stash.  It's a viscous merry go and I'm gladly stuck riding. 

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Thank you so much Mary for being our April Feature! It has been wonderful learning more about you!

I'm so lucky to have found Mary very early on in my quilting life.  Such inspiration!

Keep up your goals for this month.  We'll open up the finishes party 7-days before the end of the month.  



Thursday, April 10, 2014

March Winners ~ A Lovely Year of Finishes

Whoopee it's time for prizes.  
Congrats to our finishers.  
Some of you are just down right impressive!  

Melissa from Sew BitterSweet Designs and I are always so excited to share your amazing talent.  
GO YOU

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Here's a summary of our winners from last month:

1. Quilting Patterns designed by Quilting Lodge



Cheryl - Paisley Quilts

2. Thread Prize from Aurifil

Barbara - Cat Patches

3, 4. TWO winners each getting to choose one pdf pattern
from Sew BitterSweet Designs ($10 value)



http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

Heather - A Reformed Heath'n
and
Blue.Ridge.Girl - Shadow of the Blue Ridge


5. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


Project QUILTING Season 5

Beatrice - Une aiguille dans une botte de foin

6. Sew Sweetness – 1 pdf Pattern
Sew Sweetness

Karen - Squirrel Focus

7. Thimblepie's Quilt Supplies - Custom fabric package, 4 yards (worth $20) plus free shipping



Lucy - Lucymade

8. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns


Pauline - Quilt n Queen

9. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to



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As always.  Let Melissa and I know if you have any questions.

Keep up with your goals (or wait til May to link up a goal) and you could win some April prizes ;)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April: A Lovely Year of Finishes ~ Goal Setting Party

Spring is in the air...at least it should be here in the Pacific Northwest.
April is such a funny month.
My family has already started to do that spring cleaning and we are purging needless items.

Melissa from Sew BitterSweet Designs and I are sharing A Lovely Year of Finishes.
I'm always so amazed at you people :)

Please if you have questions go check out our static pages that has tons of questions and answers. 
A Lovely Year of Finishes

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I'm excited to choose a new project this month.  I've been floundering on what I need to work on.

I'm going to choose one of my FAL projects.

Since I'm working on my FMQ I'll finish up my mom's quilt.

IG friends + flickr friends + straight needle plate + embroidery needle = happy FMQ . I'll eventually get my mom's quilt quilted

But really, it's because the thread is already out!

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What's your April goal?

What one item will you choose?

You have two requirements to be entered into the prizes this month.


1. Link-up {on this post} the first 7-days of the month

and

2. Link-up in the last 7-days of the month.

Add your blog post or flickr photo (with appropriate descriptions) to the linky party below.

Please grab a button or link back to Melissa and I so other people can join in the fun!

**Please note, the linky party is the same here and over at Melissa , so there is no need to enter twice **






Here's what we have for April prizes:


1. Aurifil - Thread prize 

2. Quilting Lodge- quilting patterns designed by Quilting Lodge



3. Fat Quarter Shop$15.00 Gift Certificate 



4,5. TWO winners each getting to choose one pdf pattern
from Sew BitterSweet Designs ($10 value)



http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

6. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


Project QUILTING Season 5



7. Sew Sweetness – 1 pdf Pattern
Sew Sweetness

8. Thimblepie's Quilt Supplies - Custom fabric package, 4 yards (worth $20) plus free shipping




9. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns



10. Stitches n' Giggles -1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate (winners choice)




11. Meadow Mist - 1 Digital pattern



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As always.  Let Melissa and I know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March: A Lovely Year of Finishes - Finishes Party

Phew what a month!

Melissa from Sew BitterSweet Designs and I are so excited to be share with you A Lovely Year of Finishes. 
A Lovely Year of Finishes

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I'll be showing my finished goal in a separate post.  I'm so close to finishing I can taste it.  :)


Love seeing my own progress on fmq. I would finish up this beauty tonight...but I've used up too much brain power this weekend.  ♡ #ALYoF #aurifil

I can't wait to share my 'All Framed Up' quilt from the AWESOME Melissa 's pattern

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So how did you do on your March goal?  


To enter into the prizes please remember you have to 

1. Link-up {on this post} the first 7-days of the month

and

2. Link-up in the last 7-days of the month. (this post) 

Add your blog post or flickr photo (with appropriate descriptions) to the linky party below.

Please grab a button or link back to Melissa and I so other people can join in the fun!

**Please note, the linky party is the same here and over at Melissa , so there is no need to enter twice **







Here's what we have up for grabs as March prizes from awesome sponsors:


1. Quilting Patterns designed by Quilting Lodge



2. Thread Prize from Aurifil



3, 4. TWO winners each getting to choose one pdf pattern
from Sew BitterSweet Designs ($10 value)



http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

5. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


Project QUILTING Season 5



6. Sew Sweetness – 1 pdf Pattern
Sew Sweetness

7. Thimblepie's Quilt Supplies - Custom fabric package, 4 yards (worth $20) plus free shipping




8. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns



9. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to




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As always.  Let Melissa and I know if you have any questions.

Monday, March 17, 2014

My Bright Sky quilt top or I'm a pattern tester

I'm on a few pattern testing lists.
I wish I could do more.  Sometimes work is too much or I feel like I'm inching myself into too many quilty commitments again.

But then...sometimes a pattern just calls to you. 

This was the case with Bright Sky by the awesome Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts.

Here is my sample made up.


Ohhh yeah baby!  

The pattern suggested it's good for big prints, so that's what I did!  I used some precious Prince Charming in the center and then  I used my favorite, at the moment, color pallet.


This pattern is SO great that it gives you enough information to make sure that these large pieces won't be wasted.  The pieces aren't too small and you don't cut off too much either.  It's a just right kinda situation.

For each piece, it reminds you what that block size should be. Which makes for much better piecing.

#bloc_loc work for the points and just extend them with a ruler ♡ perfect flying geese every time.  @blossomheartquilts patterns rock.

I even used my awesome Bloc_loc ruler to make these points perfect..


perfect I tell ya!

I seriously love this Bright Sky pattern.

This creates a 64" x 64" quilt top.
I would guess it took me around 4 hours from start to finish including pressing the fabrics before cutting.

You can go see the other awesome testers (a lot of us actually) on Alyce's post here.

This pattern was awesome when I tested it. Now it's been updated and includes more information..well worth it!

If you're thinking of purchasing this fantastic pattern... this week, read all the way to the end of this post.
Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.

For my quilt top, I'm pretty sure I'll be taking this to a long arm rental.  I'm not sure if I could imagine pushing this through my domestic.  I could but I have some interesting ideas for these larger block areas.











Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sibling Quilts

I have the most amazing step-father. 

My step-dad won my heart when I was in my 20's
This was NOT easy task

Yep, I was that terrible daughter that made life completely unbearable for any guy that dated my mother.

So with patience my now step-dad won my heart. 
It wasn't that hard actually ... he just didn't fight me.

The funny part now, I now call him for advice of how to deal with my own step-daughter issues ---since he knows how to work it.

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When my step-dad asked me to work on some quilts for his youngest daughter's kids, how could I say no?!  My mother, a master fabric purchaser, gave me two layer cakes, batting, and free reign.
{Master fabric purchasing runs in the family}

Here are the quilts I created for siblings.

Quilts on a fence

I actually found the patterns quickly.

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The Girl quilt:



Bento
Quilt Stats:

Name: Pink on Bento
Size: approx. 48" x 48"
Fabrics: Meadow Friends
Pattern:  Pattern by Megan of Lucy & Norman
Quilting: Long arm rental by me
Started: August 2012
Completed: November 2012

Sad to say, I hated every moment of this one.

Yep!

I so desperately tried to make this random and in this quilt there are just too many moving parts. And my control freak came out hard.

Yet hating it make it go super quick and I was so excited to have this be my first long-arm quilted projects.  Go me!

FMQ on a long arm - hearts

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The Boy Quilt:

Zig Zag Front

Quilt Stats:

Name: A boy with a zig
Size: approx. 54" x 63"
Fabrics: Meadow Friends
Pattern:  Pattern inspired by Mommy by day Crafter by night
Quilting: Long arm rental by me
Started : August 2012 
Completed: January 2013

This one is a zig zag variation.

Super fun!

Ohhh long arm!

I added different long arm pattern in each zig.  It was awesome!

This one hung out for months before I could put on the binding.

This is one reason why I adore ALYoF.

I was forced to finish this.

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I sent this to my stepfather's daughter.  I'm not sure if they are used.  But they were made with lots of love.