AVTR Houndstooth Rag Quilt Blog Tour


Hello there!!! It’s only been a couple of weeks since my last quilt post but I’ve been at it again!  This time it was quite interesting 🙂


This is the Houndstooth Rag quilt from A Vision To Remember.  Bobbie was kind enough to mail out my favorite color (purple) from her fabric shop.  The print is called Briar Rose and it’s so lovely!  The darker purple is from my own stash and the light pink is a cotton solid from Riley Blake. You can find both of those in her Etsy shop.  Just follow the links! My purple didn’t quite match, but this quilt is for me….and the more purple the happier I am 🙂


I didn’t have quite enough of the pink to make up the second fabric…so I improvised with the darker purple.  It was actually easier than it looks!  I cut everything out and made my blocks.  Then I unpicked the ones that needed 3 fabrics, resewed with the correct color (pink or purple) and viola!


I would love to see each of the houndstooth as a different color!  I think it would be a really cool rainbow quilt. For the boarder, I didn’t follow any directions.  I made it up as I went…kinda in a log cabin style.  There is a border option in the directions, though.


I thought I would need extreme hand holding from my quilting friends to make this, but I didn’t!  So if you are looking to try something different give this one a go.  It looks more intimidating than it actually was.  I will warn you…..there is a TON of cutting.  I hear there are special scissors for rag quilts.  I do not own those so…. yes, I cut all of this with regular scissors.  But I will be looking to invest in those special ones!  I watched almost 2 movies to get it all cut.  Try it!!!  I would love to see what you make!!

Until next time,


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Be sure to check out all the amazing blankets on tour this week!

3/21/16: Larissa from Connected By a Thread

3/22/16: Essence from Amazing Adventures of Bubba and Bug

3/22/16: Bethany from Sew Not Perfect

3/23/16: Rebecca from Finn’s Door

3/24/16: Denita from HattieLu Handmade

3/24/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins

3/25/16: Kelly from Handmade Boy


Garden Party in Voile


Voile is probably my most favorite fabric to work with.  I accidentally purchased some when I first started out sewing years ago (which was a happy mistake!) and nothing has topped it since.  It looks like cotton woven but it’s kinda silky feeling and very light weight.  My daughter absolutely loves to wear things made from voile. Miss J picked this print out for her birthday dress which I purchased from Whimsical Fabric and it’s called Table Flowers in Cheer .


The pattern I picked to sew is  Garden Party by Oliver & S  and it’s also available at Whimsical Fabric.  I thought the drape that the voile provides, would look nice on the gathered bodice of this pattern.  Because the fabric is light weight,  it did make gathering very easy. I always use a fresh needle when working with anything light weight.  We don’t want to ruin any pretty fabric! Especially since voile is a tad more expensive than regular cotton woven.  It is 54″ wide, so you can possibly make a few things from a yard depending on what it is and still get your money’s worth.


This was my first Oliver & S sew and it definitely has nice finishing  touches that I haven’t sewn in a while.  Sewing the bias tape around the arms was a tad harder than normal for me. The fabric was slippery being that I only pinned it in place.  I’ll have to find a better method if I sew this one in voile again.


You can also make this with a second fabric for the bands on the bodice if you don’t like it in all one fabric. Most of the time I choose a two fabric option so I thought I would change it up this time 🙂  I left the length long on her because she likes her dresses like that.  I think just above the knee, however, would be super cute! There was also an option for short sleeves that I will try next time. I’m sure she will ask for another one of these as she didn’t want to take it off. But then again, voile feels cozy on the skin so I can’t say I blame her!

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I hope you enjoyed what I made and will check out the other ideas as well!!!!

Until next time,


Be sure to check out all the posts this week! So many different uses for Voile!

3/14: Larissa from Connected by a Thread
3/15: Denita from Hattielu Handmade
3/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins
3/17: Sharon from Sweet Pea & Pumpkins
3/18: Stacey from From a Box

You can shop voile fabrics on the Whimsical Fabric website and be sure to use VOILE for 10% off your voile order! Coupon expires Thursday, March 24th at midnight CST.

AVTR Blog Tour {Rag Apron Pattern}

Hi everyone!!!! It’s kinda been a little crazy around here lately but I have managed to make my 3rd A Vision To Remember rag style item!!! I’m so excited that I am finally getting the hang of it.  Today I am sharing the Women’s Rag Apron by AVTR made from one of my favorite fabric lines….Lost & Found Love by Riley Blake.  Bobbie was kind enough to send me some from her stash to make this.


I didn’t exactly know what I wanted the finished apron to look like when I started, except for where to use the heart fabrics.  From working with this fabric before, I knew I wanted to spotlight them again!  Included in the pattern there is a layout you can print out and label if you wanted to.  I probably will do something like that next time.  I’ve kinda been just winging it with the others.


I have *finally* clipped the edges enough so that it frays!!! I definitely needed to take smaller snips than I had been. Bobbie sent me this video of her making a rag quilt and it helped to see someone else going through the process. I learn best when I have a step by step demo.  Check it out here.


I do a ton of baking and it would make sense for me to wear this and whip up some MerriPoppins Signature cupcakes, right? Only I have a really small kitchen, bad lighting, and Miss H is much more photogenic than I, so we had to take these outside.  Which makes me sad because it would have been perfect for my most recent order…..

I also made a couple minor changes.  Instead of a frayed ruffle, I did hem mine by serging it then turning it over 1/4 inch.  I also shortened my scalloped trim on accident.  The kids interrupted me and before I realized it, I had lined it up at the wrong spot and I already started cutting. Ooops!  So know that yours will be a little longer than mine.  It still hits Miss H at a decent length, so I wouldn’t worry about it too much if you make the same mistake.


I also cut some extra long satin ribbon for the ties.  I made them longer so I could tie in the front or back. All in all though, I think it turned out really cute!  It’s sweet and sassy!  I love the fabric combo and how everything went together since I didn’t plan every piece of fabric.  This would make a cute gift for a wedding shower, birthday gift for someone who likes to bake, or maybe as a housewarming gift.  There are some free tutorials to make hanging towels or oven mitts that you could coordinate a set.  Just leave me a comment and I can send you the links.


Well, I hope you enjoyed my version!!!!  Check back later to see what else I’m cooking up!!!

AVTR Apron Blog Tour:


3/1/16: Larissa from CBAT

3/2/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins

3/2/16: Patricia from Sew Far North

3/3/16: Melissa from Rebel & Malice

3/3/16: Ula from Lulu & Celeste

3/4/16: Denita from HattieLu Handmade

3/4/16: Essence from Amazing Adventures of Bubba and Bug
Until next time….



What’s on my table Wednesday?

Hey friends!  Yes, I know I missed 2 Wednesdays…sorry about that.  Mr. Merri had to go out of town and then I came down with some crud that I’m sure my kiddos gave to me. But here we are today 🙂

IMG_7399-1 Can you guess what this is???????

Yep!  You’re correct!  It’s Rapunzel!  Evidently we are in full Rapunzel mode because this has been the most requested in the past week from my Etsy shop.


Jenna was so little then and it really wasn’t THAT long ago! Not quite 2 years ago! These kids sure do grow fast.  I will also be sharing some pictures of Miss H for a blog tour that is coming up soon.  I’ll have to dig back into the archives and see just how much they have all grown up before our eyes..LOL

I’ve also been trying to tame those scraps…..AGAIN!  That is almost a full time job taming the bags and bags of scraps.

IMG_7401-1 So I have found and pinned a few ideas to use them up.  I have a pinterest board called Quilting Beginnings if you want to check it out.

This particular scrap buster is from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff and this is a Bloomin’ Quilt-As-You-Go panel.  My first attempt was ok.  It doesn’t look quite as bloomin’ as her example but I’ll keep at it 🙂  I have waaaaay tooooo maaaaany scraaaaaps so I’m sure a few less than perfect will be just fine.  I used the scraps you might have seen in some of my creations over time…..

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So after I get a few of those made in between orders, I’ll have a new project to sew up!  I’m not sure what it will be as of yet so if YOU have any ideas I would be happy to hear them 🙂

Until next time,


What’s on my table Wednesday?


I’m still working on my last Valentine’s order!!!  But I also have a few simple bows that will also be ready to wear this weekend 🙂


So be on lookout on the Merri Poppins FB page for a popup bow sale annnnnd I will have an inventory sale coming soon.  It’s time to tackle those taxes and get ready for new creations!!!!  Thank you for your amazing support through the years…it means more than you realize!!!

Until next time,


Addy Mae wrap up

Last week, I shared pics of the Addy Mae blankets from the A Vision to Remember blog tour with you. I hope you enjoyed the blankets and the posts all week. Each one was unique in its own way. I love that about sewing- even when you are all using the same pattern, they all come out different!

While everyone else was busy sharing their blankets with you, I was busy at the machine sewing up my own blanket! I am in love with this one! I don’t know if I will list it for sale, gift it as a baby gift, or keep it for myself!

*The fabric and pattern for this quilt were provided to me by Bobbi, the designer behind A Vision to Remember, the opinions and fabric placement are all mine though*


I love that these blankets are quick to come together! One of the reasons…

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Quilting 101: Addy Mae Car Seat & Tent

I love her bright colors!!!!

Sew Far North

The hardest part about making any quilt is choosing the fabric. This is even harder when I don’t know who the quilt is for, don’t own a car seat – or a baby for that matter! Originally I was going to hack this pattern into a cat cage cover. After all, those furry critters get chilly in their cages, but a friend is expecting her first grandchild in spring, so I decided to make the pattern as is. It looks so very cute after all.

IMG_3210 Love, love, love this look!

My girlfriend, an accomplished quilter and seamstress says quilting isn’t usually undertaken by the young for the following reasons. Fabric, notions and miscellaneous supplies can be expensive; it calls for time, which most people don’t have; it calls for precision and the ability to follow instructions carefully. I’m not sure I agree with her to he honest. I see a lot of…

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