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  1. Kate Moorhouse
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Wow Mary These are lovely, no wonder no Xmas cards!!x

  2. Phoebe Downing
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Dear Mary, these altar quilts are just beautiful, congratulations– though it is the alphabet animal quilt that really melted my heart, what my niece and nephew wouldn’t do to have something so colourful and bright (I’m dreadful with all crafts, so they’ll have to keep waiting!). I love the Balliol grotesques too, looking studious in stone. I feel like that sometimes…
    I heard our own altar cloth has disappeared, so Doug may be putting in an order!
    Best wishes with your future projects,
    Phoebe

  3. Marjory
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful website, Mary – it has inspired me! Thank you…

    Marjory

  4. Rumple Chinwag
    Posted June 14, 2013 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful website Mrs. Addison. Truly magnificent.

  5. Posted May 27, 2014 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Dear Mary,
    Thank you so very much for writing and for giving me the link to your blog. Your embroidery is just stunning. I’m so impressed with the different kinds of work that you do, too. Crazy quilting (and the embroidery that goes with it) is an interest of mine, and I enjoy doing embroidery, but I am awed by your talent.

    I assume that the college library you work in is Balliol from all the photos. As a big Dorothy Sayers fan, I am familiar with Balliol as the alma mater of her detective, Lord Peter Wimsey. I can only imagine what it must be like to work in a place so steeped in history.

    Your quilts exhibit the same level of expertise that your embroidery does. The combination of quilt blocks with embroidery are magnificent.

    We also share a common faith. While I was raised in the Methodist church, we brought our children up in the Episcopal Church which I, too joined. I was actually brought into the church by my neighbor when they began to remake the altar cloths and needed people who could sew. Your altar cloths are exquisite.

    Your baking looks delicious as well. Christmas at your house must be fun and yummy.

    I look forward to keeping up with your work. I am going to try to post more myself now that my husband is getting better. I am working on a double wedding ring quilt for our son and his bride for their first anniversary next month.

    Thanks again for writing. I’m so happy to have found your blog.

    All the best,
    Dana Fisher, The Quilted Librarian

    • Mary Addison
      Posted May 30, 2014 at 11:43 am | Permalink

      Dana,
      Thank you for looking at my blog and leaving such a lovely comment.
      You are right that I work in Balliol College Library (whose most famous alumnus is indeed the fictional Lord Peter Wimsey) and as such is very much an academic library where students need very little interaction. I do enjoy the college’s historical associations (not least its being founded by a woman, Dervorguilla – mother of John I, king of Scotland – in 1263). But your library sounds very lively, bustling and your role vital and formative – you must be exhausted when you get home, so I’m all the more impressed by the energy you have for quilting.
      I hope your husband’s health continues to improve and look forward to visiting your blog http://danawarnerfisher.blogspot.co.uk again.

  6. Amanda
    Posted August 26, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Dear Mary,
    I love the cornflower embroidery !
    Beautiful.
    I had a lovely coffee morning with the hot smocked baby recently.
    He is quite delightful and I am pleased to say he ate his chocolate pudding
    in a hot wash babygro.
    With love from Amanda.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted August 26, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      Lovely to hear from you Amanda. Thanks for having a look at my blog and for bothering to comment.
      much love Mary

  7. Susan Hook
    Posted November 13, 2014 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    You have a beautiful blog Mary with some lovely embroideries. I am glad that you enjoyed my blog and I hope that you will call again.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted November 14, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for looking at my blog Susan. I will certainly dip into your blog again.

  8. Avis
    Posted December 24, 2014 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Dear Mary, I have just found your website recently, via dovegrey reader, I think it is just lovely, a very enjoyable read with lovely clear pictures. Hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas. Avis

    • Mary Addison
      Posted December 25, 2014 at 1:36 am | Permalink

      Avis, thank you for such a lovely comment which I have just picked up on my return from Midnight Mass – the best start to Christmas Day (both the service and the comment).

  9. Debbie
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Lovely blog! I have a new grand-daughter, Florence, just four days old and am trying to find some traditional patterns to smock her a dress or two! Why, oh why, did I throw away all the ones I had for my daughter? Can you advise on any currently available, please?

    I am always loathe to reveal this but there is a marvellous shop attached to the fabric printing arm of a company used by Liberty, Sanderson and Harlequin… Fab fabrics (not quite meeting colour standard but you would never know)! Recently bought gorgeous tana lawn for lining a blanket for just £7 a metre! Lovely people – very helpful – usually have about ten Tana lawns in stock! The company is called Standfast and Barrack and the number is 01524 598222.

    The Sanderson and other Liberty fabric prices are pretty stunning too and they are happy to send samples.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted January 25, 2015 at 12:05 am | Permalink

      How interesting about Liberty fabrics. I shall certainly follow this up. There’s also Shaukat http://www.shaukat.co.uk on the Old Brompton Road which is a bit cheaper than Liberty (c.£14 a metre).

      As for smocking patterns, there are quite a lot available on the internet at very reasonable prices. I’m sure you could find the Little Vogue 1824 which I used and which is a really traditional pattern. We sent off for a couple of smocked baby patterns last summer and were very pleased with the promptness of reply and their condition. Both were out of print and were sent from America. Current pattern books were pretty useless for smocking patterns when I looked last year.
      Thank you for letting me know that you like the blog.

  10. Pamela Rigby
    Posted February 15, 2015 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Mary, there are many vintage smocking patterns on the Etsy website at the moment. I checked for one of the girls in the US for V 1824 only the other day.
    If you would like to give Debbie my email address and ask her to get in touch with me , I have some baby patterns that I can give her.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted February 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Pamela, that is so generous. Sorry not to have replied sooner, time has been whizzing by.

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