From the Workroom

By Mary Covey

Its has been somewhat crazy around here. Just thought I would show you a few pictures of what I’ve been working on lately.

This lovely applique was done by Lavena.  I used echo quilting to enhance her beautiful work.

Lavena's Applique

Lavena’s Applique

Carolyn made this X and O scrappy quilt. Lots of fun with the long arm machine quilting.

Carolyn's Scrappy Quilt

Carolyn’s Scrappy Quilt

Elsie made this small wall hanging. This picture does not show the borders.

Elsie's Wall Hanging

Elsie’s Wall Hanging

Her machine applique is amazing. Here is a close up of the butterfly.

Elsie's Machine Applique

Elsie’s Machine Applique

Jackie made this modern quilt ( her own design ). Thought you would like to see a before and after.

Jackie's Modern Quilt Before

Jackie’s Modern Quilt Before

Blue side after long arm machine quilting.

Jackie's Modern Quilt Blue Side

Jackie’s Modern Quilt Blue Side

Green side after long arm machine quilting.

Jackie's Modern Quilt Green Side

Jackie’s Modern Quilt Green Side

Both sides were long arm machine quilted using the same variegated King Tut thread. All the quilting in these pictures is free motion long arm quilting.

I would really enjoy seeing pictures from your workroom. Send me an email


Grey+Lime Green = Modern Cool

By Mary Covey

Most every quilter, seamstress, and crafter that has been in a fabric  store lately has seen it. Seen what ? you ask – well the “MODERN Quilt/SEWING MOVEMENT” of course.  This movement started small but has slowly and steadily found itself  in full view of quilters, sewing enthusiast, and  crafters every where.


Modern Quilt –

In my last post I showed the picture of Jennifer Alpe’s beautiful yellow, grey, and white modern quilt. It will be a really great addition to any modern home. Are you asking yourself “what makes a quilt a modern quilt”? Well I was wondering the same thing, so I used this marvelous computer to look it up! Modern quilts are basically a functional quilt that is inspired by modern designs. Some of the things that help me define a modern quilt are: *use of bold colors. *high contrast. *large areas of solid color like white, grey, red, etc. *minimalism in piecing.


Modern Quilt Use of Bold Colors

In this quilt, Jackie used a light grey for the large blank area on the top of the quilt. By using the black and green pieced blocks in the lower one third of the quilt, she added interest to the layout and a cool vibrancy to the dark grey bottom.


Modern Quilt Grey + Lime Green

There are two books that came out around 2005 that  every modern quilter should have in her library. They are “Denyse Schmidt Quilts” and “Modern Workshop”. During this same time, the very first on line quilt-a-longs were established and many blogs on the world of “modern quilting” popped up everywhere. As quilters, sewing enthusiasts, or crafters we all have our favorite colors and color combinations. Next time your a pulling fabric for a project throw in some modern grey and a little lime green. It will make your project – cool! #modernquilt #moderncool #boldcolors


Modern Home

By Mary Covey

I always enjoy opening the blinds and doors to let the sunshine and fresh air come into the house.  The sunshine lifts your spirit and brightens any home. So it was no surprise to me that I enjoyed longarm machine quilting Jennifer’s quilt. This modern quilt would be a great addition to any home.


  When I first thought of the grey/yellow combination, I wondered if the grey would make the yellow appear dull. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the grey was just the right shade to make the yellow come to life.


  The blocks were set together in rows using pure white for the sashing and borders. A yellow and grey stripe was used for the backing (as seen in the first picture). Most of the blocks were a standard house block but some had a pinwheel in the center just to add variety.


  No matter what time of year, next time you want to bring the sunshine inside and brighten your day, try working with this great color combination. You  may be just like me – pleasantly surprised!   #ModernQuilt #ColorCombination #LongArmMachineQuilting