Snowflake #1 topper beautifully done in red!

Snowflake #1 topper beautifully done in red!

I recently received another order for some topper patterns from the Hickory Stick Quilt Shop in Hannibal, Missouri. Pat (the owner) and Marla (manager) have been very enthusiastic about adding wool felt and wool felt patterns to their store, which is located on Main St. I asked Marla to send me a picture or two of any completed DesignAndBeMary toppers for this gallery – and she sent me this wonderful picture of Snowflake #1 done in reds and whites. It is so nicely done. I like the look created by matching thread colors to the felt colors, letting the design and beading stand out. And those little snowflake ‘buttons’ seem to be made for the piece! Don’t forget to click on the photo for a larger view! Marla said that this was made by ‘one of the girls’ at the shop – Diana Jones. Thank you for sharing this! (By the way – stop by if you are in the area. Their recent order included my most recent new patterns and they carry the National NonWovens line of wool felt.) Please keep sending me your pictures of finished projects!

Jane Coultas from the Prior Lake Daystitchers group has completed two of my toppers; Winter Trees With Birds applique pattern and the Dragonfly applique pattern. For both of these she chose to personalize her toppers with her own colors. I love the warm golds she used in Winter Trees and the addition of lovely gold colored sequins around the outside edge. Be sure to click on the photos to see a larger image; the colors show up so much better. She also sent me a picture of her partially completed Pinecones applique pattern and I really like the stitching she did on the pinecone scales.

Winter Trees with Birds done with warm gold tones

Dragonflys in blue!

Pinecones – partially done

Welcome to the Gallery! I hope that as you complete my patterns, you might take the time to send a photo to me so I can share it with others. As a new designer, I am both anxious and excited to see what all of you do with my designs and patterns – new colors, new stitches or embellishments, etc. I think sharing creative efforts encourages and inspires others to ‘stretch their own wings!’ Photos don’t have to be ‘fancy’ ones – but a sharp, clear, well lit image would be the best – and it’s perfectly fine to show the piece as it is being used. Be sure to include your name – a location or quilting/sewing group name is optional – so I can give you a ‘shout-out’!