Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #5 — Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

It’s interesting to read the little comments under each nursery rhyme. The author must have been either Ruby Short McKim or a McKim Studios employee, because I’ve found the same text in several different newspapers. Of course the comments are old-fashioned, and some are a little odd  — maybe due to the recently introduced “scientific” theory of raising children.

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #5


Mary, Mary, quite contrary,

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockle shells,

And pretty maids all in a row.

I wonder why Mary, Mary, or any other nice child should be contrary? Pleasant children are much happier and better loved. Mary, Mary looks like she is going to behave now and grow flowers, which are already showing on our Quiltie.

Here is my quiltie for this week. It’s a little tricky to get all the details just right using a 3 1/4″ image, especially since I struggle with back stitch. I just can’t seem to get my stitches the same length or perfectly straight, but at least I’m getting a lot of practice.



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