Mary's Technique of the Month Class

You have learned the basics of quilting. It's time to turn your techniques up a notch. Come join Mary Cowan for the next 6 months.

January - Table Topper

February- Paper Piecing
Supplies: Basic sewing items and sewing machine. Mary will supply the pattern and fabric scraps.

March - Binding Table Topper

April - Applique (needle turn, machine, and wool)

Posey Basket - 

Quilt Size: 28-1/2” x 33-1/2”


Fabric Requirements: 

Based on 45” wide fabric. You can also use your stash and mix and 

match fabrics for more variety here – especially on the leaves, stems, 

and flowers because they use very small pieces.  


¼ yd for basket bottom

1 fat quarter for basket handle

Scraps of assorted pinks and greens for the flowers, stems, and leaves

2/3 yd. for appliqué background 

¼ yd. for small border

2/3 yd. for large border

Template plastic

1 yd. backing

¼ yd. binding

Scrap piece of batting approx. 38” x 40”

Freezer paper (approx. 14” x 14”)

May - Precuts
Stars on the Loose
Supplies - Coming Soon!!

June - Specialty Rulers/Tri Rec

Double Flip
Quilt Size: 44 1/2" X 44 1/2"
Fabric Requirements: (based on 45" wide fabric)
You Do Not have to use the colors I did here. I made another version in lime greens, pinks & oranges - so pick what you like the colors in the fabric requirements below are just guidelines!!!
2 Orange Fat Quarters
4 Blue Fat Quarters
3 Gray Fat Quarters
1 1/4 yds. white (you will have extra here but trust me. it's almost impossible to match white if you have a catastrophe and need to get more.
1/4 yd Small Border
1 5/8 yds. Large Border (this might seem like a lot but you can use the leftover part for approx. 1/3 of back)
3/8 yd for Binding
TRI RECS TOOL by Darlene Zimmerman & Joy Hoffman (Click Here to purchase)

Mary Cowan of Mary's Cottage Quilts Biography

Mary Cowan began quilting about 26 years ago when her husband made a huge mistake and bought her a quilting book called Quilts, Quilts, Quilts.  Little did he know how profoundly that would affect her life; soon she was taking classes at a local quilt shop and was hooked. Her love for fabric, sewing and quilting, along with her quest for all the latest greatest patterns has evolved, over the years, into designing her own patterns.  

Her pattern company is called Mary’s Cottage Quilts and is named after a family owned cottage in upstate New York.    

Mary has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in graphic design from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  She is a big fan of combining simple blocks with beautiful fabrics in order to make quilts that look very complex but are easy to construct and show off the character of the fabrics used. She likes a wide range of different color schemes from the soft pastels to the Civil War reproductions to the vibrant fabric designs of Kaffe Fassett.     

“It is a great feeling to create a design that other quilters can get excited about and want to make for their family.  I feel that if I can get others excited to create, choose fabric, and putting something together that can be a family heirloom to them then I have succeeded in my goal.” 


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