"Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing"
~Author Unknown

Monday, January 11, 2010

Jolly Monday with Mary!

Well, hello there and thanks for stopping by! I have a cup of hot cocoa all ready for us to enjoy together as we sit and chat...


It has been cold and snowing in Holland. To me, that is the perfect weather sitting sitting inside by our woodstove doing stitching and quilting. Perfect bliss! And of course, Mary Poppins is here as well. She is delightful company. There are always magical things happening in the house when Mary is there...


Each Monday will be a jolly Monday with Mary as I journey on this SAL and then create a special finish for this sweet piece. Remember to put on your speakers and sing along. From the comments when I first shared this piece with you all, many of you surely know the words to these wonderful songs. Isn't it great to be a child again? I wish I had Mary Poppins as my nanny. Just think of the fun cleaning up your toys each evening then! Can you snap your fingers? *wink* I did with my stitching and look at the progress that has been made...


I have entered a challenge with Saskia and Joke from my quilt group. We are going to work this year on UFOs. The first to complete the list will be treated to a high tea by the other two. Now I have a goal of finishing 6 UFOs, Saskia 3 and Joke 4. I do have to ask them if they are doing their by machine as mine are hand quilted and that would mean I have no chance to win so I would have to change my goals. Hand quilting takes much more time.

At any rate, let me share the first of my challenge UFOs. This was a project I had planned on completing last year but, with our new floors being laid, things got side tracked. I finished the last stitchery block last week and completed the patchwork over the weekend. I made this into a charm quilt with a slight twist as the first border around the stitchery blocks is from one fabric, a mustard colored polka dot fabric. There are 138 different fabrics packed into this little quilt. Now to sandwich it so I can start on the quilting.


Are you having a jolly Monday?

33 comments:

Hazel said...

No I'm having a terrible Monday!! We have just been told we need to buy a new boiler. It's freezing here. Anyhoo, I think I'm going to have to go get me one of those hot chocs with cream! Yum. Enjoy your Mary P. x

Dutchquiltster said...

Hi Heidi.
Maak je geen zorgen,ik kan niet quilten met de machine dus moet ze alle vier met de hand doen.
Als ik het goed begrijp heb jij je dagen in UFO's in gedeeld,Maandag Mary P dag? en de rest van de week???Trouwens ik hoorde vanmorgen dat de WINTER waarschijnlijk tot Maart gaat duren,nou dan krijg jij alles makkelijk af.
Werk ze knuf Joke.

Barb said...

I love that Mary Poppins piece I keep saying I will stitch it one day. The music is great to sing along to (but once it get in your head its hard to get out) I cannot remember how many times I have started "the perfect Nanny song". Those hot chocolates look yummy , I will be back for another visit.

wendyytb said...

Hello

Ventured back to your site and who should I see? Mary Poppins! Imagine! She is known the world over.

I think you do wonderful handwork. Congratulations! I really love the quilt featured here today.

Keep warm!

Wendy in Snowy, Ontario, Canada

Brigitta said...

I'd love a cup of cocoa with you Heidi and I'll bring one of my UFO's as well, there are plenty LOL. They'll have to wait though, as once again I've started something new, I'm stitching a babysampler for my friend who gave birth to a babyboy on newyear's day.
And as for my monday... I went out teaching this morning, then watched "Dancing at Lughnasa" with Meryl Streep on the internet. And then I fell asleep on the sofa, I seem to be sleeping an afwul lot at the moment. And now I'm bloghopping :-)

Take care dear friend.

hugs B. x

Heleen said...

Hmm de chocolade was lekker!
Wat een leuk project met Mary! En dat mooie quiltje is geweldig dat moet je inderdaad maar snel afmaken!! echt geweldig!

Kaaren said...

Heidi, your Noah's Ark quilt is wonderful. The colors are superb and give it a happy, scrappy look.

Congratulations on your first finish for 2010! I think you deserve a second cup of cocoa.

Keep warm and happy stitching.

Nancy said...

That is really cute, but holy cow, that is a lot of fabric. The hot chocolate looks yummy, and I know it really is too. I just bet Jos got that second cup.
I can really read Joke's comment, but it looks like it might say machine quilting. Ohoh.
My Monday is okay so far, I am going to the movie with Louise at noon. She is leaving for Florida on Thursday, so our last get together for now.
What happened to your computer? You were on then gone, no skype.
Love you, Mom

prape said...

Hi Heidi!
Wow - all of your projects - quilting, stitching, etc. are so amazing and beautiful! Who would have ever thought that little cousin of mine would be soooooo talented! I look at your blog all the time when I look at your Mom's even though I don't leave messages! Love all your pictures! Hope you and your hubby have a wonderful new year!
Love, Patty

Caroline said...

I love your cocoa mugs! Great idea about setting yourself a challenge to finish your UFO's. I am terrible at starting projects and just not finishing them... maybe I should join too.

In answer to your question, in itself it is alright to use my e-mail at work, but I will e-mail you with my personal mail tomorrow, it is better that way I think. Looking forward to setting a date to meet up.

Irene said...

It's raining here, but hot chocolate sounds good in any weather :) Love the mugs. Look forward to watching your progress on Mary Poppns.

Saskia said...

Hi there, Mary.
DO NOT snap your fingers, and finish all your UFO's at once!
I have to finish 1 top, and I quilt 2 by hand. So, so, so...
I finished the first stitchery, and i'm proud of it.
I would like a hot coco though while I'm working on my ufo's. Can you bring one over? with whipe cream please.
Hugs
Saskia

Christine said...

Its cold and snowy here too so your cocoa looks very tempting! The charm quilt is delightful.

Carolien said...

My Monday was a bit of a dip, to be honest: tried the new pram with kind of shelf for Caroline to stand on while walking to school with the kids, but ergonomically speaking this is a disaster ... immediately neck and back troubles for me. I already told my boss this was the first and last time I used this pram! And why do the days pass so quickly? My ...
Well, don't mind me today. This just wasn't my day, I guess. I'll try again tomorrow ;))))
I am going to make a hot chocolate too, good idea!

Big hugs, Carolien
P.S. Noah's Arc looks great, congrats!!!!!!

corry said...

Dank je voor de hot choco. Wat een leuke mokjes! Noah's arc ziet er mooi uit. Goed idee om UFO's af te maken!

Kathy said...

Just a tired Monday here. :) Those cups of cocoa look so yummy. :)

I love this progress of the piece you are working on. I have always loved Mary Poppins. I can't wait to see more.

DonnaTN said...

Noah's Ark is beautiful, but I can't imagine the stitching that went into that border! I can almost smell the hot cocoa. If we could smell onto posts it would be aromatherapy!

Linda said...

It's cold here and rain on the way...I just got in so a cup of hot coca sounds perfect:)......Mmmm,it is yummy..
Mary Poppins is just darling, you are moving right along. Love the music it's so fun..just makes you happy.
Your WIP's challenge will be fun...really everyone will win. Hugs, Linda

p.s.yes...I'd love for you to take the snow pillow picture. Do you have any other projects planned for us? I still have a couple more to finish but I just love them....my little tree is still up in my bedroom..L

omashee aka Barb said...

I'd love to join you & Mary for hot cocoa. Watch out though, you might be missing those lovely mugs when I left! mary is comming along nicely (someday I hope to stitch her). Your quilt is beautiful! Good luck on you challenge.

staci said...

Really Lovin' Mary :) And hot chocolate with whipped cream. I'd say that's more than "a spoonful of sugar", lol!

DebbieSFL said...

I love how the quilt looks!! Very sweet!! Just wondering is cocoa made differently in Holland than it is here in America?

Amy Marie said...

Hi there! Love the Mary Poppins. Lily just got that movie and it's bring back great memories! Hope you are well. We have had tons of snow too as I'm sure your Mom has told you. Jason just flew to Frankfurt today and on to London, so I'm sure it's cold there as well!

blankets said...

All the patches are so very neatly and beautifully done.The stitches look good together.You ahve been able to do an amazing job.

Pondside said...

I've been on the mainland working all day, so there was little delight in my day. I couldn't help but smile, though, when "Mary" came on, singing along with your blog!

anneke said...

ja UFO's... hier ligt ook nog wel wat; maar iets nieuws beginnen is ook zo leuk!

gisteren uit m'n werk gelijk ook lekker warme chocolademelk genomen, zonder slagroom, maar met een eierkoek!

die ark van noach wordt/is heel erg mooi!

groetjes

Tam said...

Yummy hot chocolate :)
Mary is coming along nicely Heidi.
The quilt is SO pretty...well done!!
Hugs2u!!

Parsley said...

Lovely stitching! I really enjoy seeing all the stitching you 'experts' do. It inspires me, a beginner.

I'll take a cup of cocoa, thank you :)

Denise said...

We have been having extremely cold weather here in the south (Georgia, USA)! I don't believe the weatherman anymore...
I love, love your cups (we call them mugs)! Where may I get some?
Your blog continues to be unique and your stitching is lovely.
Best wishes....

VALIE said...

Waooh, these mugs with whipped cream... sinful !

kanishk said...

I'm going to have to go get me one of those hot chocs with cream! Yum. Enjoy your Mary P

Work from home India

Siobhan said...

Oh, what a lovely picture--the two mugs with cream on top! Then followed by more eye candy--your Mary piece and the quilt. Beautiful!!

I hope you're keeping warm! I have to confess, I enjoy the cold weather and wintry conditions because it seems like winter to me. I like the four seasons. I'm from Delaware, so I'm used to the snow and ice... but in mid-snicker about how the country was handling it, I realized one difference... Delaware has salt trucks go out BEFORE storms and salts the roads, then they plow the streets. Big difference!! So, I've amended it... I like the snow on the grass but not so much on the roads! ;)

Have a good weekend!

Teri said...

All of your projects look "yummy"!

Brigitte said...

Like you describe it, winter is such a beautiful thing. I must admit that I'd love to spend winter time like this, having a hot tea and stitching and quilting and reading.
Mary and Noah are coming along quite well.