Thursday, November 13, 2008

Serious Sample Sale just in time for Christmas!

Hey Peoples, you probably wonder what in the world we are up to here at Mary's Cottage Quilts!

Buy one of these sample quilt on ebay here is the link

click here

It all started a couple of weeks ago my husband asked me "Mary, how many quilts do you think you have in this house". I answered "I think only about 20, maybe 24 at the very most. OK, no more than 27 or 28." Then I counted.. and to my absolute horror I found that I had 51 quilts right here in my house! That's almost a fire hazard! I couldn't believe it!

That's when my husband, being the kind and compassionate soul that he is, decided that some of these quilts would be so much happier in a home where they were actually used and not just folded up in a dark closet.

Here are some photos I have taken of them and the full quilt pictures can be seen on here

This is an awesome opportunity so tell all your friends!!

I think this one looks like the Grinch's sleigh

Happy shopping :)


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chatter Blocks - a quilted cell phone cozy

Here are all of the Chatter Blocks we made during the flurry of activity also known as the "before market rush". I felt like we were making sandwiches for an army!!

And now, the finished product!

It's a yorky day here today (as my mom would say)...the perfect sewing day!!
Happy Quilting,

Sunday, November 9, 2008

And Finally......

I KNOW I am the last person to post photos and talk about market (I guess I am an overachiever at something. he he he)

Valerie, Lindsey, and I arrived in Houston on Friday morning and started setting up. We went to work opening all the suitcases and deciding what to put where. It didn't really take all that long and when we were done... TA DA (this is what you can fit in 4 suitcases). I totally LOVE the polka dot valence - it is new this market!

While they were setting up I sneaked over to the LECIEN booth and snapped this photo of a quilt I designed for them using a new fabric line called Le Petit Jardin. I was so excited when they asked me to do this! (Nireko made the quilt on the left and I made the one on the right)

We decided (at the last minute) to do sample spree, I was SO nervous! It was nuts and we sold about 65 Chatter Blocks!!!

And, what is a Chatter Block you ask? Well, it's a quilted cell phone cozy that is made out of 2-1/2" strips - you can make Chatter Blocks out of your leftover jelly roll "crumbs".
We came up with this idea LATE Sunday night and went to work early on Monday morning (can you say sleep deprived). I called Valerie and cried "help" she came over and pitched in on Monday and helped me a TON. Lindsey came over on Tuesday and helped me a more too. We were able to make 102 of these little suckers between Monday and Wednesday night. All I can say is WOW!!!! Had it not been for Valerie and Lindsey, I would still be sitting at my sewing machine!! Thanks guys, you saved my bacon (again...)

We did get a chance to shop Sample Spree too and here are Valerie's spoils... who needs clothes in a suitcase anyway?

The first day that Market opened, I felt like we were in the Haunted Mansion at Disney World, our lamps kept flickering on and off and our booth would sway ominously - it was very scary. (things did calm down for the second and third days though).
I will also share my awesome discovery with you.. SWEET POTATO FRIES! Man, were they great - I so totally loved them that I ate them for lunch 2 DAYS IN A ROW!! They were at The Lakehouse which is one of the little restaurants right across from the convention center. They are a "must" snack food in my book and I can't wait until next fall market so I can get me some more!

I also wanted to share some random photos from market with you so here goes. I don't know why, but I didn't take as many pictures as I usually do, I feel sad - there are some of my friends that I totally missed this time.

My friends Ann of Pixie Girl Quilts and Karen hiding in the back behind the table. Local Utah girls at market for the first time. Cute Quilts and cute booth too!

The Nellie's Needle girls, my friends Karen and her daughter Monica both sporting the adorable aprons they design along with the beautiful quilts. More Utah girls at market for the first time!

Dear Brenda from Acorn Quilt and Gift Company was my neighbor! I always love walking in her booth, it seems so soft and comfortable and she is just a delight to be around.

Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill, she is always SO nice to me! And her quilts are always very beautiful!

Abbey Lane Quilts - Marcea and Janice in their beautiful booth - it won second place!!

A photo of my friend Jill of Jillily Studio and her peeps. She scored a very sweet booth location!

Bate & Taylor - New designers for Maywood. I loved their fabric and Janet & Jody are SO nice too!!

Here is a shot of the three of us!

All good things must end and here is what the booth looks like packed up and ready to go.

I hope you all have enjoyed my photos!
Happy Quilting,

Saturday, November 1, 2008

And we have a winner....

We have 2 winners from my "totally random giveaway"

And the winners are......

Simply This That and the Other

Mary on Lake Pulaski.

Please email me at with your address and I will send my new patterns to you in a jiffy.

Thanks to all who played along!

Have a great weekend!

This is a picture of my booth at market. Can you find the Chatter Block in the picture??

hint... it's on the left side and it's kind of small :)