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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

12/28/14

Marcelle Medallion: My Christmas Quilt

Christmas Quilt 2014: Marcelle Medallion
Christmast Quilt 2014: Marcelle Medallion
Christmas Quilt 2014: Marcelle Medallion
Christmas Quilt 2014: Marcelle Medallion
Christmas Quilt 2014: Marcelle Medallion
Christmas Quilt 2014: Marcelle Medallion
Christmas Quilt 2014: Marcelle Medallion

I hope you had a lovely holiday season. My Christmas was wonderful: busy, lots of good food and  amazing company (that's the best part of the holiday season, I think). But between gift making and cooking I was able to finish my Marcelle Medallion Quilt. Ever since I began working on this back in April I wanted it to be our Christmas Quilt for this year... Last year I started a tradition of making a new quilt for Christmas to snuggle under during our movie watching marathon, you can read more about it here. I've been so busy lately that there were times that I thought I wasn't going to finish on time: the quilting took a long time. I did concentric circles which create a wonderful texture and accentuate the medallion. However; there were so many thread tails to bury (I got to remember that next time I think about concentric circles for quilting). But at the end I finished it even with time to spare. Last Sunday my husband took me to explore a new (to me) hiking trail and as any quilter would do I took my new quilt finish to photograph. I love how the colors of the quilt pop against the lush green in the forest.  I absolutely love how festive this quilt turned out (not my usual color combo) and it made our Christmas feel even cozier. 

Have a beautiful week and thank you for visiting my little blog and leaving me your lovely comments throughout the year. I truly appreciate them. 

XO
Martha

12/14/14

WIP: Marcelle Medallion

WIP: Marchelle Medallion
WIP Marcelle Medallion
WIP: Marcelle Medallion

It has been several months that I've been working on and off on my Marcelle Medallion Quilt. There were times that I thought I was never going to finish it, but this weekend I finally finished quilting it, yay! Just need to attach the binding and it will be done. Can't to see it all finished.

Wishing you a happy week!

XX
Martha

12/1/14

Coming Soon... Sew The Library

Sew the Library
Sew the Library

I have some very exciting news to share with you. I have teamed up with my friend Heidi from Fabric Mutt and Jodi from Tickle & Hide to start a new monthly link-up for 2015. We all have a collection of of sewing books and magazines (big or small) that sometimes we neglect to give them the attention that they deserve. So why not start start sewing from our libraries and share our makes in a monthly Link-up?
You can link up the project(s) that you made in the month from a sewing book or magazine. The link-up starting on the 20th of each month and it closes at the end of the month.  So lets put our treasured sewing books to use and start sewing! Sew the Library kicks off at Fabric Mutt in January, then it is my turn to host in February followed by Jodi in March. We hope you can join us and sew along with us. 

XX
Martha