Etsy shop now open

I’ve dipped my toe in the water of Etsy after a month of research and prep. Because this is currently a side project, I’m not killing myself trying to do every little thing perfectly- just doing the best I can with my skills and resources.

So if you’re interested, feel free to check out Sweet Marie Sewing on Etsy. Hand embroidered hoop art and custom pieces. il_570xN.715734919_kcp9

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OKC MQG Holiday Party

Even though I joined the OKC Modern Quilt Guild earlier this year, this was my first month to make it to a meeting. I live about 45 minutes away so it can be tricky on work nights. But it was great fun and I got to participate in the holiday gift exchange! I took a project I was very proud of.

I enjoy hand embroidery so much, so I decided to do an Okie-centric piece:

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It’s just a mis-mash sampler of several stitches. Once I knew what I wanted to do, I knew the perfect fabric to pair with it… Persimmon.

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I love the way the dusty colors pair with nature motifs.

And voila!

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I have a feeling I’ll be making several more variations of this piece!

Oklahoma Tornado Relief – Moore Love

I am reposting this from the Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild. I live 5 miles from the storm path.  Please consider donating a quilt. I know I will be.

God bless the hurting.

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Thank you to everyone who has offered their help and have been so patient with us as we try to devise a plan.  Many wonderful ideas were sent to us, our guild members had many fabulous thoughts, and we discussed them all at our meeting last night.

We know you want something tangible to go to the victims of these horrific tornadoes.  We have had many offers of completed quilts, and due to limited man power on our end, we have decided to ask everyone to send completed quilts to our guild rather than blocks.  It could be a quilt you have waiting for a good home, a new one you want to make special just for someone in need, it can be modern, traditional, any size, any colors, made by an individual or a group.  You send us your completed quilts and we will get them to those in need.

Quilts will be due to the OKC Modern Quilt Guild by June 30th.  If you e-mail us at okcmqg@gmail.com we will get an address to you.

Our guild will also be creating two quilts to raise money for two charities in the form of a drawing, as money is a big need for that area right now.  That post should go up about mid June so please stay on the lookout for that one!

Thank you for your outpouring of support, love, positive thoughts, prayers… and quilts!

You know you’re getting better…

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… when you don’t have to look at a pattern every 30 seconds. I guess I have the concept of a reversible tote down, because I was able to freestyle this one by combing several different tutorials into one project to get exactly what I wanted. This is definitely my favorite bag. It’s big, but not wide, and has the single shoulder strap.

The bag pieces are 16.5 ” x 12″ , and the strap is 34″.

Perfect size for books or magazines.

Of course this is going into the OU craft fair. 🙂

Sooner centric

I work at the University of Oklahoma, and that is where the craft fair I am prepping for will take place, so I am making some “Sooner Centric” items.

Here are two I did last night.

The first is a quilt that I started. I wanted do one crimson and cream but not overtly OU. I decided on a play off a nine-patch from Quilting in the Rain.

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I’m not sure how I feel about it in solid colors, but I think it’ll turn out well. This is also a test run for a quilt I plan to make using my recently passed grandfather’s dress shirts.

I also made another mug rug (can you tell I love making this for practice?), this time echoing the state shape in the quilting.

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I like the way it turned out. I really want to use one of these embroidered Oklahomas on a tote bag, so we’ll see if I get to that this weekend.

Boomer Sooner!

Quilt-o-grams and Mug Rugs

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I mentioned that I’m doing my first craft fair next month, so I’m on a sewing bender for items of many price points to sell.

I love mug rugs and mini quilts, so I started doing a few of these little “quilt-o-grams.”

Cheap, easy, and perhaps timely for mother’s day, which will be not long after the craft fair.

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I also thought about doing some states. I started with Oklahoma, which is where I live. It is not home sweet home to me, just FYI. (PROUD TEXAN) Anyway, I don’t know if I’m good enough at freehand quilting script to do the home sweet home, but I thought about filling it with some fun free quilting. within the negative space. Of course I will also make some Texas ones. 🙂

I love mini-quilts/mug rugs. They’re great for practicing all kinds of techniques on a small scale, and it’s not devastating when you screw something up. Although in a mini-vent, last night I had to rip seams out of one of the above referenced hearts with a straight pin, because my dogs ate my seam ripper. Grrrr.