Happy Mother’s Day

A Happy Mother’s Day to All Mothers and to those who Mother!


This is a photo of my beautiful mother at 16.

Below is a photo of my parents’ wedding with all of their bridal party,
followed by one of just Mom.


One of my Dad’s brothers, my late Uncle Sam,  is in the photo above.
He’s the one on the far right.


We miss her so much!
If you are still fortunate enough to have your mother, be sure to give her a huge hug today,
tell her you love her, and count  your blessings!

Spring Has Finally Sprung!


Spring has been very tardy in coming this year, but it is finally here! As you can see from my photo, our daffodils are in full bloom. Forsythia bushes are a beautiful, buttery yellow and tulips are beginning to bloom, too. The weather is finally sunny and warm.
Hope you are enjoying a lovely spring wherever you may be. For those in the Southern Hemisphere, I hope your winter is not too cold!

We’re Moving!

Some time during this month, I will bring my website, Maria Michaels Designs, back into existence.
Included in that move will be this blog, Maria’s Quilt Scraps. It will be moved away from using WordPress to Maria Michaels Designs.

Watch for my announcement and the links when the change has been made.
Follow me there!

Mary Pauline Laughlin


It is with deep sadness that I share the news that Mary Pauline Laughlin passed away on Friday, March 22nd, just 3 months short of her 101st birthday.

Subscribers of The Quilt Pattern Magazine and of my newsletter and blog, will remember my articles about Mary Pauline and her quilting.

She was a lifelong crafter and had booths at the Dixieland Mall and the Daisy Craft Fair for many years. She received awards for painting, rug hooking, and quilts. A picture of one of her quilts is displayed in the Library of Congress Archives in Washington, D.C..  She was also interviewed for Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories project in 2008, for the Alliance for American Quilts. It has been recorded. You can read the interview at the Alliance for American Quilts.

Click here to read her complete obituary.

Mary Pauline will be remembered with love and appreciation by many.

Happy National Quilting Day!

Today is National Quilting Day.

What did you do to mark the day? (I began quilting the quilt I’m making just now – a double-bed size full of appliqués.

Please share with us by leaving your response.

Bernina Celebration & Draw – in Florida

Here’s a chance for those in the Florida and surrounding area to join in a special celebration and have a chance to win a Bernina sewing machine!


On Tuesday, March 12th, Bob Gray of Derrels in Pensacola, Florida, will be celebrating  his 30th anniversary as owner.

The celebration will include a visit from Paul Ashworth, President of Bernina of America, who will be available for a meet-and-greet from 8 a.m. until noon.

Festivities will include demonstrations of Bernina’s new 7 Series line of machines and visitors will be given the opportunity to win a Bernina 215 sewing machine!

Nan Baker, designer and owner  of PURRFECT SPOTS – and Marketing Director of The Quilt Pattern Magazine, will also be on hand. She will be displaying her Bullas Bears Quilt now being featured in the magazine as a BOM  (Block of the Month). One lucky visitor will win a free, one-year subscription to The Quilt Pattern Magazine. Also, a free, 6-month subscription will be a bonus given to each buyer of a Bernina sewing machine sold at Derrels  during  March, April, and May, 2013!

Join the fun!

Derrels –  Pensacola’s only Bernina Dealer
5559-E North Davis Highway
Pensacola FL

Nan Baker’s Bullas Bears BOM – Block 2 Is Here!

Here’s what Nan has to say about block 2:

I am so excited about this bear – Yukon Yule! He is my favorite in the quilt. I love the look of wonder and amazement as he looks at the Christmas ornament. It is almost as if he is saying ” It’s getting to be Christmas” and that brings anticipation of things to come and happy memories of times past during the holiday season!Yukon Yule is from the artwork of the internationally famous watercolorist, Will Bullas.

Here is Will Bullas’ bear.


And here is my quilt adaptation. 


The Quilt Pattern Magazine is offering the BOM (block of the month) and that is the only place you can get the pattern. It started in February and will be running through November. There is still time to join. All you need do is subscribe during the month of March and you will get the February issue as well as the March issue.

Nan is hosting a workshop on The Quilt Pattern Magazine‘s social network, Pattern Pastiche. Join Nan there to chat, ask questions and share your bears.

Bali Hand-dyed Watercolors – Style #1895 from Hoffman Fabrics were used in this quilt as they are just “purrfect” for these bears! Batiks Plus is offering the Fabric Kits.

Kreinik Threads is offering a thread kit featuring the speciality threads used with this quilt.

This pattern is only available through The Quilt Pattern Magazine so be sure and subscribe today. You don’t want to miss this darling BOM, nor the fun at Pattern Pastiche.

Introducing the Bullas Bears BOM by Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots

What an exciting happening for quilters!
Will Bullas and Nan Baker have partnered
and this wonderful, delightful quilt is the result!

Bullas Bears by Nan Baker

Bullas Bears Quilt by Nan Baker

Will Bullas is an internationally famous, award-winning  watercolorist. You are sure to have seen, and therefore recognize, his bears from greeting cards and elsewhere.

Nan Baker is  a talented cross stitch, needlepoint, and quilt designer whose patterns have appeared in several magazines. She is also the Marketing Director for The Quilt Pattern Magazine.

This quilt is an adaptation of Will Bullas’ marvellously, delightful bears in quilt form.

Where can I get this wonderful pattern, you ask?

The answer is – at The Quilt Pattern MagazineBeginning in February and going through November, it will be presented as a BOM (Block of the Month). I’ll bet you are already thinking of whom this quilt will make the perfect gift – and just in time for Christmas, too!

There’s a bonus, too!Order a subscription, then join Nan as she hosts a workshop at The Quilt Pattern Magazine‘s social  network, Pattern Pastiche. There, you can chat with Nan and other quilters, ask questions, share photos of your BOM in progress and just plain have fun!

Subscribe to The Quilt Pattern Magazine an online-only publication, for $14.99 a year. That’s only $1.25 a month! Not only will you get the Bullas Bears BOM, you’ll receive 60 quilt patterns, workshops, articles, book reviews, and more.  Also, a free bonus pattern comes with every subscription!

If  you would like to use the same Bali Hand-Dyed Watercolors – Style #1895 by Hoffman that Nan used, visit Batiks Plus who are offering the Fabric Kits for this BOM.

Kreinik Threads is offering a Thread Kit featuring the speciality threads used with this quilt.

Don’t miss out on the fun!
Subscribe now!

The Last Roses of Summer

A rose? In January? Unbelievable, but true!

These two have decided not to let go. Granted, they don’t look quite the way they do in summer, but they are persistently hanging on. We’ve never before seen a garden rose at this time of year, but here they are and here they stay. A few dried leaves have decided to keep them company, for the time being at least.

If you still have some flowers in your garden, please leave a comment and tell us about them.

The Last Rose of Summer

The Last Roses of Summer

Our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree


Our neighbours, knowing how much my husband loves Snoopy and all things Peanuts, surprised him by leaving this Charlie Brown Christmas Tree on our front porch.

Looks just like it, doesn’t it?

What a delightful gift it is!

We love it!

Thank you!