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Summer 2019 – Mary Mulari’s Forget Me Not Newsletter

Somehow I’ve developed a pattern by opening this newsletter with a flower picture. My first choice is the Forget Me Nots growing at the edge of woods at Lake Vermilion in northeastern Minnesota. Second choice is the flowering crab tree in our yard…if only the beautiful blossoms lasted a longer time.

Two New Patterns

Quilt Market in Kansas City in May was my goal for the release of two new patterns, Little Sister & Brother Aprons and Take Four Tunic.

For all of you Crisscross Apron fans, this new pattern for kids includes a child’s version of the Crisscross plus two sizes of the classic full apron with neck and waist ties. Add a row of pockets across the apron to give the kids a place to store their treasures.

Take Four Tunic is an instructional pattern to guide you in transforming four T-shirts into one fabulous tunic. I was encouraged to design this pattern after I wore the tunic I made during my seminars and had lots of requests for a pattern. You’ll choose one T-shirt as the main and cut sections of the other three shirts to alter the length and width, creating a tunic with unique extension pieces and a pocket. This is a recycling/repurposing project of T-shirts from your closet or thrift shops. Here’s a view of me with Rita Farro’s Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club members who tested the pattern. If you get nervous about selecting and mixing 4 shirts of different colors/patterns, start with black and white shirts.

Sewing Tip: Cellphone to the Rescue!

Here’s how the camera on your phone can help you with a sewing project: When you’re organizing and laying out a project with many parts, such as this T-shirt quilt for the family lake cabin, it’s smart to take a photo of your layout before collecting the rows to sew them together. As life happens, stacks of fabric can fall on the floor and out of order. (Ask me how I know this!) It helps to have a reference photo to put it all back together.

A Bit of Personal News

Mostly I don’t include non-sewing news, but this time I have a poster to include. My husband Doug became the mayor of our town of 1600 citizens this past February. He was appointed to the office when the former mayor joined the Minnesota Legislature. If he wants to keep the office after December, he’ll have to be elected in November. It’s proven to be interesting, challenging, and an opportunity to use his knowledge and experience for the good of the city. I’ve resisted the urge to buy a tiara.

Upcoming Seminars

Check out the list of my seminars scheduled so far for the year (more to be added).

I’ll be sharing my projects and latest inspirations in New Orleans, Lake Villa, IL, Kennewick, WA, and Phoenix AZ. I’m always glad to meet the readers of my books and patterns and this newsletter.

Sneak Preview for Fall 2019

You’ll find a brand new design called the Viola apron in panels for adults and girls and dolls. As you can see, it’s fun to add rickrack trim to outline the bib and waist areas. Watch for these panels and coordinating fabrics for reversible aprons.

Make sure to include some FUN sewing projects on your summer calendar! My latest project was long window drapes for the opera La Traviata which was part of the Northern Lights Music Festival here in Aurora. My friend Sandy and I had just one day to design, cut and sew the drapes…a little pressure, but it turned out to be a great time of sewing together.

Keep stitching and stay in touch!

Mary Mulari