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2/19/15

Sew The Library: Kimono Tunic

Kimono Tunic
Kimono Tunic
Kimono Tunic
Kimono Tunic
Kimono Tunic
Kimono Tunic

Hello and welcome to our second edition of Sew The Library. I'm very happy to have you here. For this month's project I decided to add a new pice to my wardrobe. I've only made another top before (you can see it here) and since then I've been anxious to try again, but for one reason or another I kept postponing it. But not anymore: Sew the Library is the perfect encouragement to put our beloved craft books to use. This new top is the Kimono Tunic from the Sweet Dress Book. I'm absolutely obsessed with Japanese sewing books and this one is a great one. The patterns are very relaxed and user friendly; specially for a beginner like myself. The fabric is a cut to flannel I got at my local fabric shop on clearance and I've been saving it for months looking for the perfect project. It is super soft and very cozy. I think this tunic is going to get lots of use. I love the color an the texture and so easy to wear. The fit is a bit loose but I think that is part of the charm of these designs. And it is perfect to wear with leggings or tights so it makes for a super comfy outfit. 
Now on to the link up.
What you have been up to? Please link up your projects you made from a craft book or a magazine this month and visit each other.
Thank you for stopping by,

XO
Martha




2/11/15

Planning...

WIP: Sew The Library
WIP: Sew The Library
WIP: Sew The Library
WIP: Sew The Library

Hello friends! How is your week going? Around here the weather has been glorious. It looks like spring has arrived a little early. Also, the second installment of Sew The Library is upon us. I've been planning my project and I hope to finish it this weekend. The link up starts on the 20th and I'll be hosting this month. I hope you will join us and link up the projects you made this month from a sewing book or a magazine. 
For now back to the sewing machine :)

XO
Martha

2/1/15

WIP: Scrappy Log Cabin

Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt
WIP Scrappy Lo Cabin Quilt
WIP: Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt

Happy Sunday! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine was busy, but very productive. I made a few more of the scrappy log cabin blocks I had been working on. When I started this project, I just wanted to use up some of my fabric scraps. But I had no idea how big of a project I could get out of them. I thought maybe a cushion or a table runner. The pile of scraps didn't look very big at all. So with no plan, just enjoying the process and cheering every time I completed one more block I was able to put together a small quilt. That's what I love about quilting: how small mount of fabric pieces sewn together suddenly becomes a quilt. Amazing! And now my little quilt is basted and ready to be quilted. I'm still undecided about how to quilt it. Any suggestions? 
Speaking of basting; what is your favorite method for quilt basting? I've always used pins and my favorite tool the Kwik Klip to help fasten the pins. But I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Wishing you beautiful week!

XO
Martha.

1/25/15

On My Table...

Scrappy Log Cabin Blocks. WIP
Scrappy Log Cabin Quilts
Scrappy Lo Cabin Blocks

I've been trying to use up my fabric scraps, so I started some scrappy log cabin blocks. I don't know how much my scraps will yield: I'm hoping I'll get a small quilt out of them. But I love the idea of just going where the fabric takes me. 

I hope you have a lovely week.

XO
Martha.

1/19/15

Sew The Library: Patchwork Pot Holder

Patchwork Pot Holder
Patchwork Pot Holders
Patchwork Pot Holders
Patchwork Pot Holders
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Patchwork Pot Holders
Patchwork Pot Holders

For our first Sew The Library link up I decided to make something from one of my favorite books: Zakka Style. I think it is one of the first craft books I ever bought and I love every single project in it.  It is hard to pick just one. But I decided to choose the most practical at the moment. My pot holders were in such disrepair, so I went ahead and made a couple to replace my old ones. I really like their round shape, scrappiness and the linen (my favorite fabric). I absolutely love the way they turned out that now I'm afraid to put them to use and get them dirty.  Or maybe I should just make a few more so I have a good supply of pretty pot holders to use and adorn my kitchen. 
This month's link up is hosted by Heidi @ Fabric Mutt. I hope you would join us sharing your projects that you made from a book or a magazine. The link up will remain open until the end of the month. 

Have a wonderful week!

XO
Martha.

1/8/15

A Picture... A Moment

Orchids From The Garden

My favorite part of winter... having these beauties on my table. Cymbidium orchids from my little garden.
I hope you are having a lovely week.

XO
Martha.

1/4/15

Envelope Bag

Envelope Bag
Envelope Bag
Envelope Bag
Envelope Bag
Envelope Bag

Happy New Year! I hope 2015 brings you peace, love and lots of crafting adventures. 
I decided to start the year being a bit more organized so I made me this bag to keep my date book and stationary handy. It is a very simple envelope construction and it came together very quickly. Basically after I quilted a long piece of fabric I joined the sides together with the bias tape and added a magnetic closure. Sometimes simple finishes are so satisfying and so far it is helping me to keep my days organized. 

Wishing you a wonderful week!

XO
Martha