Mary’s Cherries

March 18th 2014

I am just thrilled to finally be able to share this happy, cheery and sunny project with you.  And I am also glad that it served two purposes.


First, this is my second project for the 30/30 challenge (sew for 30 minutes a day, for 30 days, for yourself) hosted by Berry Barn Designs.  My goals for this challenge are here if inquiring minds want to know. I’ve had this in the “want to make it” list for-ever! My first project was another gem, take a look at that one here.


I wasn’t sure which charm pack I was going to use, but it became obvious very quickly!  I bought this pattern on clearance from the Fat Quarter Shop ages ago. This pattern is by Pieces from My Heart. But seriously, it’s not rocket science, I could have saved the $4.50 and bought a mini charm pack instead! But in reality, it was a reminder that I wanted to make this, otherwise it would have stayed in fantasy land forever!


Naturally, I decided to go with “Recipe for Friendship” Mary Engelbreit for Moda. (I love when Moda makes her fabric, the quality is fabulous!)  This collection is full of cherries which goes perfect with the pattern. You know cherries are all over Mary’s art! I have new found joy now that I have started sewing with this much loved and saved fabric.


A few details to notice above: The leaf is the only feature that is appliqued and blanket stitched.  The binding is Mary’s classic cherries and the back is Tossed Mary’s Motifs fabric. I think the only fabric I have ever bought enough of, even for backing is Mary Engelbreit’s! And that was a fluke just because I didn’t want it to run out and I got it for a great price, back when Walmart sold fabric. It’s all coming in very handy now for these projects.


The only adaptation I made on the pattern was to take the cherry stem all the way to the seam. Unlike her method of incorporating the stem when she stitched the rows together, I just picked apart the spot I needed and then stitched down the Rick Rack and then closed the seam.


Here is more of the backing. (Sorry about the date, my new camera is doing things I haven’t quite figured out nor am pleased with)


The last “Mary must” is the checked ribbon I used for hanging. I prefer this for small hangings instead of sleeves.


I just love how this turned out. Merry Christmas to me!  The second purpose is for this monthly Handmade Christmas activity going on over at Sew Cal Gal.  People pledged to make something for Christmas, as a decor or gift, every month until December. Hop on over there and see what everyone else made!

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I have decided to pack it up so I can forget about it. After some rearranging of my Craft Corner, I should have a spot to hang it by Christmas.

Are you a Mary Engelbreit fan by the way?

5 thoughts on “Mary’s Cherries

  1. Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs

    Adorable, Elaine! My mom is a cherry fanatic – bedding, wallpaper, cookie jars, night lights – you name it! – and currently has about seventy five different fabrics with cherry prints all hoarded in her stash (and more to come in the bundle I have set aside for her for Christmas ; ) I am a Mary Englebreit fan – I love her whimsical designs and growing up always had one of her wall calendars over my desk. Glad you had such a fun piece to work on this week for the challenge : )
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  2. Mara

    I don’t know if I am a Mary fan, but I love the fabrics you have of hers so maybe I am, this little cherry quilt turned out so cute!

  3. sheri

    Very pretty “Mary/cherry” project! It must feel nice to have made the project and will be a nice gift for someone or for yourself for Christmas! I see why it’s hard to get things made for Christmas at the last minute, because even with the year ahead of me, it’s hard to get things made for some reason. I’m going to make something this week soon!
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