A blog about my interests, which include fabric landscapes and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Finally. Done. Finished. Over With. Kaput.

And I can hear your collective sigh of relief all the way from here.  The fact that you've stuck with all this backward looking and reminiscing says a lot about you.  Not so sure what it says about me....and I'm not about to ask your opinion on that because I strongly suspect I might not want to know!!

We will visit the final half of 2017 and then will return to the regular mindless mumblings you are accustomed to finding here at Chez Magpie.  

In August I gave birth to these two dolls who promptly went to live with two sisters...
The design for these morphed from the best parts of a number of patterns so I suppose it could almost be said that they are my own.  

In September I was obviously working towards THAT day in December and I was creating these...a lot of these...

Every year I create at least twenty Christmas ornaments which then become either the 'bows' on packages or act as little gifts in themselves.  

In October I created a new 'system' for storing my circular knitting needles which previously were a jumbled up mess.  This was the result...

My own design - each pocket is labeled with the needle size and, in theory, I should be able to find what I'm looking for.  In theory.  

Also in October I revealed what I think was my second barn landscape which was subsequently purchased by our local quilt guild for use as a raffle prize for their next show being held in the spring...

Once I picked myself up off the floor, I felt truly honoured!

Also in October I unveiled a project that I had done for the 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine...

This is a crazy quilted valance which now graces my sewing room window.  And before you go getting all excited and thinking you should be impressed by how much I get done, this one was done entirely on the machine so was f-a-s-t.

For those of you who feel the need of another of the 'Magpie Lessons' have a look at my post HERE.  Don't say I didn't warn you!

So, this brings us to the end of this long, boring, mind numbing retrospective (and I CAN hear you cheering you know).  Unless, of course, you really would like to see some of the 'stuff' that came out of my sewing space to help good ol' St. Nick out, in which case you can have a peek at my December posts for 2017 in my sidebar.  

- There are no instructions for making THIS, but what a great idea (and simple enough to create on your own).  I think it would make a great purse!

- There are links HERE to all sorts of free flying geese quilt patterns.  Some really pretty (and unusual ones).  

- I know I don't normally point you towards a paid pattern but sometimes something is just so outlandishly cute that I can't help it!  Go HERE to see what I mean (and be sure to scroll down to the bottom to see the others she has designed).  I want a dragon (or several!!).  

Another great anonymous quote..."You don't meet people by accident.  There's always a reason...a lesson or a blessing.


  1. Anonymous9:07 AM

    Hi Maryanne oh my goodness you are amazing ,you make such wonderful projects,you are so clever my friend xx

  2. I love your look back at the wonderful things you have made. Such a wonderful variety! Thanks for the links.

    1. Thank you Jocelyn - nice to know somebody wasn't bored!!

  3. I cannot get over how much we think alike. I start thinking now about Christmas. Trinkets to add to gives is a part of it. Please keep reviewing. I like the brainstorm it causes.

  4. Dolls! My favorite of all the projects. I love them.

  5. Lovely dolls and little hearts.
    And that is a brilliant way to store circular
    knitting needles, as they do get tangled easily.
    That's a useful project.

  6. Such sweet dollies! thanks for the link to all those flying geese! Loved some of those quilts and printed them off straight away.

  7. I love the caddy for your circular knitting needles! I have a few and am always losing them! Did you make up the pattern yourself? xx

  8. Well, I for one, am going to miss looking back at your wonderful creations. This look back makes me feel a little sad that I never thought to take pictures of things I've made over the years (before I started blogging about making things). I would love to see them now. I just don't know if I'd be impressed or embarrassed at what I managed to create once upon a time. Those dolls are adorable. And your embroidered hearts! Beautiful. Wishing right now that I was on your gift list. ;^) DH was walking by when I was perusing the pictures in this post and I called his attention to the barn quilt. He was impressed when I explained how you make these with fabric and embroidery. Just so you know... we fellow bloggers aren't the only ones who admire your creations. :)

    1. Awww - that's so nice of your husband!! Men aren't easy to impress sometimes, so it means a lot. Re having a record of things I've made - when I started to blog it was initially a means to keep my kids apprised about what I was doing. Took me awhile to realize that it also served the purpose of being a record of my work.

  9. I have enjoyed seeing your years of projects in review. YOU are amazing with all that you create. Congraulations on your Barn Quilts and subsequent commissions. Meeting new friends is a blessing and I certainly believe there is a reason they come into our lives. You are a Blessing in my life and I am so very grateful. <3

  10. It's been great seeing some of your past accomplishments! Thanks for all the links too.

  11. I love your circ storage system - so pretty and functional! It always makes me happy when I can make something truly useful for myself. I'm on the fence right now about buying a lightweight backpack that will hold my unassembled sketching chair, versus designing one specifically to hold the chair, my sketching stuff, Piper's treats, and my water bottle, without a lot of extra space and weight. I've been able to postpone the decision all summer because it's been raining so constantly we haven't been going for our walks by the pond anyway! But now the back-to-school sales have begun, and if I'm going to buy a pack, it ought to be soon. I'm pretty sure I could make one, not as nice as your creations of course, but hopefully functional. I get overwhelmed thinking about it...Step One: clean sewing machine. Step Two: find needles. Etc.....


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