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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Excitement reigns at Chez Magpie!

Many of you will remember when I showed you the photo of one of my barn landscapes....this one....

It was only my second attempt at this art form and I was surprised when my friend wanted to take it, along with the other one I just finished, to the local quilt guild meeting to show the members.  She was hopeful that someone might want to commission me to make more.  She wondered if I would like to set a price on this one (the other one is spoken for) and I gave her a number that I thought was quite steep.  Well, right now I'm bouncing off the walls because it  SOLD!!!!  Even more exciting is that the guild itself is buying it and will be using it as one of their raffle prizes at their next quilt show being held in 2019.  I am blown away and still can't quite believe it!!  

And, just to prove that something else is happening here at Chez Magpie....the pile of mittens is growing!

The pair on the left is for a man and the rest are all for women.  I still have to add the buttons for additional pizzaz on each one.

- There are lots of free quilt block patterns HERE.  (and if you click on the 'Next' button on the lower left you will be taken to a lot more!!

- I'm not a painter, but for those of you who are, perhaps you would find THIS interesting.  

- If you decorate for Easter, perhaps you might like to have one of THESE fellows greeting people on your porch!

- And, rather than chocolate, how about making some of THESE for your little ones?

- Or maybe make one of THESE

- If you want a yarn bowl and are put off by the price, maybe a trip to the thrift store might yield the makings for THIS (you wouldn't have to paint it either!).  And HERE is another idea and HERE is another (the lid would be perfect to keep the dust off too!).

The quote today is from Albert Einstein..."The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.  Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before"


  1. Congratulations, that is fabulous news. Your barn quilt is gorgeous, so I am not surprised that it was snapped up so quickly.

  2. WOW!! How amazing!! Though, I am not at all surprised your beautiful barns were ripped of the wall, as a "must have". Me thinks, your barns are fabulous. Remember Mary Anne, I knew you before you were rich and famous.

  3. Anonymous4:28 PM

    Hi Mary Anne wow that awesome news ,your work is beautiful ,love those mittens ,well done my friend xx

  4. Congratulations!!! and well deserved. And what a good friend to get your work out for others to appreciate..

  5. Congratulations, Mary Anne! That's great news. Beautiful mittens too. The teapot yarn bowl / keeper is a marvelous one. Now I wish I had kept mom's old brown teapot. My brother is the new owner of that one.

  6. Congratulations Dear! I just knew your Barn quilts would be very popular. Lots of fun links again. Einstein was brilliant and I refer to my husband as “Einstein”. Creative Barn Quilting Bliss...XO

  7. yay,yay,yippeee,yay..Congratulations,MA and 2018 is going to be fun now!!

  8. Oh wow, congratulations! So exciting, good for you!
    Those mittens look fantastic, I love all the colours.

  9. Congratulations on that exciting news! well done you 💐

  10. I posted your first comment via another channel and it seems not to have landed. Dang, I wanted to be the first to congratulate you! And tell you how pleased I am for you!

  11. Wow! That's great! Congratulations - that's very exciting! I see more barns in your future.
    Karen, Hannah and Baa. xxx

  12. This is GREAT news and terrific incentive to start the next one. Congratulations!!
    xx, Carol

  13. How exciting and yes, congratulations Mary Ann!
    Those sock bunnies are so sweet, thanks for the tips.
    Good quote too, 'running with the crowd' means wearing blinders.
    It's great to be free to see.

  14. very well done you...but it's only the recognition and appreciation your work deserves.

  15. It's a masterpiece, of course it sold! It's beyond stunning, such beautiful work! Congratulations, I'm really happy for you!

  16. I am so happy for you! Your barns are wonderful, so I am not at all surprised you sold one. :) How fun!


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