2016 New Bloggers Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to my blog.


This is the place I keep track of my sewing adventures and share them with you.

How did my blog get its name?

My husband’s  name is Bri/an and mine is M/ary so take the start of his and the end of mine and you get Briary!

Part of my blog belongs to him as he is always supportive and on hand when I ask is this OK or does that sound right.

The beginning

When I was about 5yrs  old there was a very kind lady, who lived next door. Her husband was in the Navy and spent long periods at sea, they had no children. I used to spend many happy hours at her home learning to knit and sew  and there were always plenty of chocolate biscuits.

In my teenage years I altered and made clothes.

Then, when the family arrived, moving on to making things for the home.

About 15 years ago we lived in the Middle East and I belonged to the Kuwait Quilters , meeting  and learning from so many talented quilters  from all over the world.

Quilts made in the last year

Cozy Afternoon BOM


This was the first time I’d embroidered on a quilt and joined in  with a BOM . The pattern was by Jacquelynne Steves you can find her here

Christmas tree skirt


Had always wanted to make one of these and last year it was made in plenty of time for Christmas.


William’s quilt

imageNot sure which is the front and which is the back? The dinosaurs started as the front, however, the animals seem to be the favourite!



William’s birthday party


After dancing on the quilt, giving the lion a kiss, it was time for a nap.  I think he  liked his quilt.

What am I plotting for future adventures

Well, I also love embroidery so I have been mulling over doing a candlewick  quilt or adding mountmallick embroidery, but then again I’ve never done cathedral Windows, could add hand embroidery to that!!! Designing my own quilt is always  on the list.


When taking a free motion quilting class and things were not going well. The teacher said if you make the same mistake 3 times it’s a pattern ! Go with it!

With blogging, don’t give up , you will have one of those ” light bulb ” moments and wonder why you didn’t think of that before.

Big Thanks

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Many thanks to our hosts for their support and a great group of girls who have been inspirational. Give our hosts a visit and there are prizes to be won!

Stephan               http://latenightquilter.com/

Yvonne         http://quiltingjetgirl.com/

Cheryl           http://meadowmistdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/

Then please check out the other girls introducing their blogs today from Hive Sewciety

Karen https://tunaquilts.wordpress.com/

Pamela https://sewcrazi.com/

Nicole https://handwroughtquilts.wordpress.com/

Happy stitching




64 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Hi Mary – popping over from the NQB group. William’s quilt looks so loved – isn’t that the best thing about quilting?! I love your Christmas tree skirt – each year I claim we will have one and each year I end up wrapping some length of fabric around the base. Thanks for the reminder that I need to get this on my list NOW!!


  2. Love your tip and the quilts you shared. I’m happy to get to know more about you and the unique way you chose the name for your blog. Happy stitching!


  3. One of my favorite quilters, Angela Walters, has several quilting quotes that I try to remember. “Finished is better than perfect.” “If you do something once, it’s a mistake. If you do it twice, it’s a design choice.” Lovely to get to know you better!


  4. Hi, Mary! I’m glad I got to learn more about you, especially how you came up with your blog name. Your quilts look awesome and I like the two-sided quilt for William. I think a candlewick quilt would be amazing and I’d love to see that!


  5. Mary, Great post and it was fun getting to know you. Only two weeks in and already so many wonderful talented ladies. You photos of William getting his quilt on his birthday is adorable, and fun. I also love your Christmas tree skirt. I need to make one since the old one I have it looking rather blah. Have a super week. Hugs, Heide


    1. Hi Amista, Thank you, it is wonderful that we get to share our work with other great quilters. Hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop.


  6. Hello Mary. Thanks for sharing your story with us!
    I love that 2-sided quilt for William. It is darling!
    A tree skirt has been on my to-do list for a very long time. Is this the year for it? Probably not, but maybe I’ll be in the mood to at least start one when the holidays start up.


  7. I love your free motion quilting teacher’s advice! I love your Christmas tree skirt. I need to make a new one so I keep looking for inspiration!


  8. Hello Mary! Just popping over from the New Quilters blog group. I love your featured quilts, especially William’s because he loves it so. Gotta love anyone who kisses the quilt you give them and immediately puts it to use! I used to embroider a bit and just recently did some embroidery on a new quilt block design. Doing a whole quilt with embroidery someday is definitely on the bucket list!


  9. It’s been great to get to know you. All the best for your future endeavours. I like the way you want to try out new things. That’s one of teh things I like about quilting – there’s always new things to learn


  10. Hi, So nice to meet you. I think William’s quilt is delightful. I had to check out the link for the alphabet letters as I’ve been looking for some. I use my husband, too, for computer help. Oh, good quilting tip as I’ll be starting my 4th free motion quilt on my domestic machine.


  11. Hi Mary, how nice to get to know you better. Thank you for sharing those details with us. I am all in favour of you attemting a cathedral window quilt, especially since I find a bit daunting still myself. =)


  12. My husband fishes, and I quilt. I think it is good we have ‘hobbies’ and have some apart time, especially since we retired. lol


  13. Hope you gain a lot from being part of the 2016 blog hop ☺ I really enjoyed being part of last years hop, learned a lot and found a lovely group of inspiring quilting bloggers to follow.


  14. Hi Mary, I really enjoyed reading your blog today. I love Williams Quilt, and William himself looks a real sweetie. I enjoyed getting to know you better, and it’s a lovely story about your name.


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