Quilt Talk

By Mary Covey

I am so excited to let you know that I will be a guest on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio. The show is hosted by “The Voice of Quilting” – Pat Sloan. Few people in the quilting world are as multi-talented as Pat. She is an author, fabric designer, talk show/podcast host, teacher, lecturer, and blogger. And did I say all around nice person?

If you have missed Pat’s previous interviews with people in the quilting world, you can find them at creativetalknetwork.com/. Free patterns , sew alongs, challenges, deals, videos, and more can be found by going to ilovetomakequilts.com a site for passionate quilters hosted by Pat Sloan.

The quilts pictured in the promotion for the show were free motion quilted by me using my long arm machine. I look forward to sharing my love of long arm quilting with Pat Sloan and hope that you will join us on Monday,


Quilter’s Dream

By Mary Covey

Quilters Dream Quilt Store

Every quilter I know loves to visit quilt shops when they travel and I am no exception. Recently while I was in Texas I had the opportunity to visit Quilter’s Dream located in Colleyville just outside Grapevine. The shop was established in 1997 and is owned by Beverly Ingram.

Quilters Dream Quilt Store

Quilters Dream Quilt Store, Colleyville, TX

When you step in the door you are made to feel right at home by the friendly staff.

Quilter's Dream Owner Beverly Ingram

Beverly Ingram, Owner of Quilter’s Dream

The shop features a wide variety of fabrics, books, and patterns. Beverly told me that they write many of their own patterns. Their best known and most popular pattern is called Magic Nine patch. They have also created eight different block of the month programs.  As I rambled through the store, I visited three separate classrooms with students working on projects. I also had the pleasure of visiting with a long arm quilter who works from the shop. It was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.
If you are every in the area, give Quilter’s Dream a visit. If you can’t go in person you can always visit them on line at www.quiltersdreamtx.com.




A Year of Quilting

By Mary Covey

What were you doing last year at this time? That was the question that kept running through my mind as I was long arm quilting today. The answer to me was clear – long arm machine quilting. Since that is a huge part of my business, it made me smile.

Dorothy Smith's Quilt

Semi Feathers

But then I began to reflect on all the changes my business has gone through in just a year. The old web page was in severe need of a facelift. I wanted a better way to communicate with you. With the help of some very talented people, the old site was taken away and a new blog (www.marycoveydesigns.com) was launched. The blog provides access to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and more.

Custom Quilts by Mary Covey Designs Quilting


Because of the many requests from you, I expanded my business to include coaching in starting and growing a cottage industry. It will also include coaching in pattern/book development. I am looking forward to this new journey while continuing my love of long arm quilting for others.

This time of year is filled with lots of busy activities and traditions. It can really be hectic. Take time to slow down for a few moments and look back on your year of quilting. Think about where you were this time last year and how much you have accomplished since then.

I am thankful for everyone who has helped me this year. I am blessed to have support and encouragement everyday from my customers, friends, and family.

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Elsa and Anna

By Mary Covey

Elsa and Anna – anyone recognize those two names? It is amazing that an ordinary movie can have such an influence on us. When Disney released the movie they did not believe it would become the mega hit that it did. They had not planned on accessary sales like costumes, dolls, coloring books, ice castles, music, etc. would be very large. Wow! wow! I wonder if they watched the movie before it was released?

Well I have two grand daughters, Ella and Abby, who can sing all the songs word for word; they can quote the lines and argue over which one will be Elsa and which one is Anna when they play. Older sister – younger sister, Ella and Abby, Elsa and Anna -see where all this is going?

Preprinted panel of Elsa and Anna with borders trimmed off.

Preprinted panel of Elsa and Anna with borders trimmed off.

These pre-printed panels became available at the end of summer. The original panel came with a pink border about the same color as Anna’s cape. Of course like every other grand mother in the world I wanted to make my quilts (bought two panels – one for Ella and one for Abby) very special. I trimmed off the preprinted border so I could add my own.

This snowflake /stripe fabric by Ellen Medlock Studio was the perfect choice for the new borders. Each girl will get her own quilt with a travel pillow case made from the same fabric.

Finished quilt top,

Finished quilt top.

It is not very visible in the picture but on the left side of Elsa’s face in the background is quilted “Abby” my youngest grand daughter’s name. The second quilt has “Ella” quilted in the same spot. I may even had a few crystals here and there for some sparkle.

The best thing about these quilts is the magical power they have to make wonderful memories that my grand daughters and I will share forever.