April Feature – A Lovely Year of Finishes

ALYoF2014April Showers Bring May Flowers and the middle of April bring us our next feature!  Today 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 MerryScrap 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!

Fairly Merry Messenger Bag

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.

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

Shanna and I hope that all of your goals are coming along and that you are getting closer to a finish every day!!!


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Week 16 Sewing Goals

This week I have a very simple goal – I have 8 inches of quilting left on my Hexie Wall Hanging, I want to get it done. I know 8 inches doesn’t seem like much but matchstick quilting is way more time consuming than I ever thought!  I have a small goal because tomorrow night my MOM is coming for a visit!!!

Hexie Wall Hanging Progress - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comWhat do you have going on?

I also have to respond to emails – sorry I am so far behind, I have been under the weather the last 2 weeks, but I feel like I’m turning the corner finally!


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Finish-A-Long Quarter 2 Goals

Oh my goodness, time to set some long range goals for myself. Not super long range, only the end of June, but nonetheless I need to do this to keep on track!

These goals are in not in order of priority.

1. I need to re-make my Flowering Lone Star in more modern fabrics and write the pattern.

Flowering Lone Star Front - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com2. I need to make End of year teacher gifts – I’m thinking boxy pouches will be good and I have my awesome Craftsy class for my serger – they literally take about 30 minutes.

Boxed Bag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com3. I need to finish my Hexie Swap project – my ALYOF April goal is to finish by the end of April, if I miss that goal, it isn’t due to ship until the beginning of May so I have some wiggle room.

DSC_02984. I need to quilt and bind my Modern Metallics challenge piece.

Modern Metallics Challenge -http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com5. I need to make something for the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Challenge. I don’t have a picture for this one, but I do have fabric!

Make sure you head over to Katy’s blog and link up! You have until tomorrow!

So there you have it 5 goals in 3ish months. Wish me luck!


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March 2014 Winners – A Lovely Year of Finishes

ALYoF2014March was a fantastic month with so many amazing finishes.  We would like to give a shout out to our wonderful sponsors who continue to make finishing our projects that much more fun! Shanna and I hope you are all making good progress on your April finishes – I have about 100 more lines of quilting to do on mine (matchstick quilting, what was I thinking!).

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)


Heather – A Reformed Heath’n
Blue.Ridge.Girl – Shadow of the Blue Ridge

 5. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

 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

Linda – The Pieceful Kingdom



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Wordless Wednesday – Caption It!

I love online quilting bees. I’ve been doing them for the last 3 years now.  I just found out on Instagram that the 4×5 Modern Quilt Bee over on Flickr just opened for Spring registration and my friend Ella from Throw a Wench in the Works is running the bee this quarter!

I’ve been collecting blocks for my Yellow, Aqua and Gray quilt for at least 1.5 years now. I am 12 blocks shy so I’m leaping in with Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts and joining the bee. I will get at least 6 blocks closer to my goal!

Yellow, Gray, Aqua Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI need a name for this quilt, help me name it with your caption below!

And because Anne wanted to help me lay out the blocks and just had to have her picture taken too…here’s some cuteness for your day!

Anne & Yellow Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHave a wonderful Wednesday and make it a great day!


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