Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!



Hope you all have a great halloween and don't eat too much candy!
I'll do the drawing tomorrow morning :)
Mary
ps it's me, Tina Fey

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Photo, a Contest and a Debut (oh my...)


Ok, ok, so I have to get up in the middle of the darn night to catch my 6:55 am flight to Houston tomorrow and I'm up cleaning and packing like a mad woman... hope to be in bed before 11:30.

But before I leave, I wanted to post a very cool photo of my new quilts that I took over the weekend. I would have liked to get the shot straight on, but that would have required me to wade into the creek and I had my good sneakers on... I really love this bridge and have been dying to photo all my quilts there for some time.

I also wanted to announce another contest. Leave me a comment while I am at market, I will pick 2 random commenters and send them both a packet of my new patterns (yes folks, that's 6 brand spankin' new patterns from yours truly).

I also wanted to tell you all about a very cool new product I will be debuting at market called "Chatter Blocks" I am very excited about them! We came up with this idea LAST SUNDAY NIGHT and I have made 102 of them to take to market for their cool debut. I think they are just the cutest things ever!

Well, I am off to iron a couple of shirts then vacuum (yuck).

I'll post photos of market when I get back. I am very excited to see all of my friends!

Have a great weekend - I know I will!!
Mary

Thursday, October 16, 2008

10 years ago


10 years ago today my dear, sweet, Dad lost his battle with cancer. I miss him and think about him daily and especially as fall rolls around. I love the season, but this time of year always makes me a little sad.

I have a little heart necklace that I wear every day. It isn't big or flashy, and it wasn't expensive. I bought it at the hospital gift shop the day my dad passed away. It reminds me never to take good health for granted.

I wanted to share the obituary my mom wrote for him...

Dudley Osborn Stewart was born to Harold and Marguerite Stewart on August 16, 1923, the youngest of three children. He lived in only two houses his entire life - his family home that he grew up in and the one we shared with our family. However, the happiest place during his whole life has been the cottage at Conesus Lake.

In his youth, it was a place to play endlessly during the summer. Later, it was a place for remembering, for solace and to reflect on the goodness of life.

Dud liked hunting, spending time with his dogs, and was a real family man. He was very skillful with his hands. He could fix anything and build anything. It never occurred to him to buy a light table, a drafting table, an ice scraper, cupboards for the kitchen, porch swings and Adirondack chairs - the list is endless.

But most memorable of all was Dud's wonderful personality - his giving nature, his sweetness and kindness. His sense of FUN and his absolute integrity. His personality will echo through the family. We will remember him with joy and gladness, and rejoice for his presence in our lives.

Take a minute today and give your loved ones a BIG HUG and savor the day. And never take good health for granted.

Mary

The photo of us was taken in about 1963??

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ok, ok, so it's been awhile






No, I didn't fall down a well or anything like that, I have just been sewing up a storm. That last minute before market storm... enough said!!

I did leave the basement for one glorious day to attend the Main Street Market at Quilts Etc. It was so fun!! I loved meeting and talking with everyone.

So, what did I do with the rest of my time you may ask? Well, in the middle of getting ready for market, besides all of the usual running around I do, I drove around shooting photos of my quilts at different locations, I was in charge of Red Ribbon week at the local elementary school, and I had a Pampered Chef party!! I swear, some days my butt felt as big as the expedition I sat in all day!
With all those things finished and one more quilt all put together (off to the quilter today). I am almost officially done with the quilts - what a great feeling.

Now on to pattern stuffing!

I thought I would share my new pattern names with you so here goes

Four Square - made out of Civil War fabrics
Carnival Ride - made out of Kaffe fabrics
Tapestry - Portabello Market (need I say more)
Renaissance - made out of Lecien fabrics
Hot Cakes - made out of Heritage
and last but NOT least..
Just 4 U (I can't even explain this one - you'll just have to see it).

Have a great day!
Mary

The photos were taken on one of my many photo shoots. I thought I would share them with you.

Friday, October 3, 2008

That Pat, she's always up to something!

Pat from Quilts Etc. had very cool idea about a "Fall Market" for the people right here in good ole' Salt Lake City! I think it will be a very exciting event featuring local quilt designers. How cool is that!
This event will take place on October 9th from 10:00am - 9:00pm at her shop called Quilts Etc. It is located at 11 East Main (8720 South at State Street) in Sandy Ut. Her phone # is (801)255-2666. Call her if you have any questions.
Some of the designers that will be at her market are even going to International Quilt Market in Houston at the end of October. They will be giving the great people of UTAH a sneak peek at all of their latest and greatest stuff! I can't wait!
I have a lot to do before the 9th but, I'll be there with all of my new quilts for market. It should be a fun event. If you are in the area, make sure you stop by and say hi!