Saturday, September 15, 2012

Stitch in Time

I am not a talented seamstress by any stretch of the imagination. Years ago, I got it in my head to attempt to create a few projects for my children. I borrowed a sewing machine and sewed my daughter, Caitlin a simple cotton sundress from a pattern I purchased. It wasn't perfect, by any means, but it survived being worn often. It was lovingly passed down to her sister, Kristen to wear and finally my youngest daughter, Meaghan inherited it's possession. That simple dress is still intact and looks close to new nearly 15 years later. It lives in the cedar chest at the foot of my bed. Why??? I couldn't honestly tell you why I kept it. I was proud of my making it, certainly, but it is no where near professionally made. During those months of sewing, I also painstakingly pieced together a quilt for each of my children's beds, I made a couple of pillows, and several "dress up" dresses. Then, the moment passed, I returned the sewing machine, and other than replacing a missing button here and there, my sewing days have been behind me.

Even though I do not often sew personally, I do appreciate beautiful things and the time, patience, and talent it takes to make them. Enter my good friend, Cherie and her love and talent for making beautiful quilts. Cherie has been creating beautiful quilts as gifts for special occasions for quite some time. As each young person in our home-school group graduated, they were presented with a home made quilt lovingly personalized for each recipient. My daughter and son-in-law received one as a wedding gift. She is creating one for my bed this fall- it will certainly make the freezing Maine winter nights bearable.

Which brings me to today's post. As alluded to earlier in the week, I have a special GIVE AWAY treat in store for you! Mrs. Cherie has generously donated this mosaic designed "lap" quilt for me to gift to one reader. The quilt measures approximately 5 feet square and is lined to add weight and warmth.

You can WIN this beautiful, home made, one-of-a-kind creation. How???? It is easy.

1. Click the "Join This Site" and "Follow Lally Broch Farms Blog".

2. Then, answer these two questions in the comment section of this post.

            Which quilt pattern do you like the best?
            What is the strangest material you have ever used in sewing?

That's all it takes to be entered into this free give away drawing. One reader will be selected on October 1, 2013. The winner will be notified via a post on this blog and has 48 hours to claim their prize and we will arrange to mail your quilt to you. If the prize is not claimed, another reader's name will be randomly drawn to win. If you are already a member of this blog, your name will automatically be entered into the drawing after you comment the answers to the questions- unless you prefer not to be entered. If that is your preference, please post that in the comment section, instead. ♥

Can't wait to see if you will be the winner? I have posted some pictures of other lap quilts Cherie has available for purchase below. She is offering these individual, unique lap quilts for sale for only $15.00 each (plus shipping costs.) Remember to click on the picture to enlarge it to see the detail. Please, feel free to email me with any questions about these. I will respond to your email as soon as it is possible. With such low prices for these pieces, how could you lose?

"Denim Blues" was created with jean pieces and floral print fabric. It is approximately
4 feet square. I love the little pockets sewn into the patches.
"Passion for Purple" is bright and cheerful. It is approximately 4 feet square-
perfect to throw over your legs on a crisp day.
"Hearts Aglow" is so sweet with it's red heart pieced among greens and floral prints. It is approximately
4 feet square and would be perfect for a small child's blanket.- SOLD!!!
Queen Sized Comforter Covers Available, too!
"Garden Trellis" is a queen sized comforter cover backed with a sweet blue floral fabric.  

Close Up details


What do you think? Would you like to see give aways like this one posted here in the future?

Thanks for stopping for a visit.
Sonja ♥


  1. I like the purple one best.
    I dont sew. so I dont have a strange material that I have sewen with sorry

  2. I like the X's & O's pattern the best. It seems to work for me, lol.
    I haven't sewn with any strange materials...yet. But I am going to attempt some burlap bags, so I guess that would be it for me.

    1. I am thinking of attempting to repurpose shopping bags from our empty feed bags this winter. If you come across a good pattern, please, post it! ♥

  3. Garden Trellis is gorgeous! I've only done 4 quilt patterns so far- 1 was a plain 9 patch, a rail fence, a sampler quilt, and one Yellow Brick Road.
    The only strange material I have sewn with so far is a cotton blend, which I didn't know was a blend until I melted it with my iron. LOL
    This is such a generous giveaway.

  4. I think the garden trellis is beautiful, but I also like the one made with blue jean squares. I was brought up with a grandmother that hand=quilted, She did not like to piece the quilts, just do the hand-quilting. I was lucky enough to have her do a couple of quilts I pieced. Mine were very simple and I used larger pieces of fabric.

    The strangest material I have sewn with is the heat resistant batting you put in potholders. It has small metal pieces in the batting.

    I miss the double knit fabric. You could sew with it and perfect sewing was not as noticeable due to the give and the nature of the fabric, kind of like fleece is today. It seems that most of us had quilts made with double knit squares.

    The quilts are lovely.

  5. I love the "Garden Trellis" pattern. The strangest material I ever worked with is paper towel. The strangest cloth material was a foil for a 3yr old granddaughter's halloween costume I made up. I love the quilt and would be honored to win it! cyz

  6. I likr the garde trelis and the strangest material I used was old jeans nothing to exciting.

  7. My favorite quilt is the purple one...strangest this I sewed with was felt....had a devil of a time!

  8. I really like the trellis pattern. I have never gotten up the courage to try quilting. I used to have a crazy quilt top my grandmother made as a child but, somehow, over the years it has been lost. Saddens me greatly as I think I know what happened to it. Life moves on...

    1. Congratulations! You won! Please email me your address, so I can send you your prize! The deadline for claiming your prize is 5:00 pm EST October 3, 2012.

  9. My fav quilt pattern is the log cabin ,and of them shown I like the garden trellis ,and the strangest material that I have ever worked with is men's tie's ,it was fun to make and crazy looking lol. I love quilts of any kind and would love to win the one shown and Thank you for the chance to do so .

  10. Maple leaves is one of my favorite quilt patterns. Can't remember anything really odd that I've sewn. Your quilts are beautiful tho. I actually collect more quilt tops than I make. I love them and can quilt them when I need them.

  11. I'm not positive about any of the different patterns, I have been trying to research them a bit , because I would like to get a sewing machine and learn to do this also. I love the way quilts look and feel. I would be very honored to be the owner of this quilt, it is absolutely beautiful! And of course maybe it will help me along in my journey to try to make some also. Thank you so much for giving us all the opportunity to try to win this beautiful piece of art. :)

  12. I like the denim blues quilt. The strangest thing I've used to sew was lace, 'cause I'm a wild woman! I know pretty boring, but I made a cute flower headband for the baldy baby down the road.

  13. I too like the Garden Trellis pattern and for the life of me, I cannot recall any strangest material I have worked with, I will come back and post if I happen to think of or remember one!

  14. Hearts Aglow is my favorite and hardest material felt (that says it all)
    thanks your work is beautful

  15. Super pretty, now following your blog and log cabin is my favorite. The strangest thing I sewed with is plastic.
    Thank you for linking up to the blog hop as well. This is a very fun and fabulous post!