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3/1/15

Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt

Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt
Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt
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Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt
Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt
Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt
Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt

Happy Sunday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I'm so happy to be sharing with you my latest finish. A few days ago I completed my scrappy log cabin quilt. I've been working on it for a few weeks already (you can see my progress here and here). It all started as an attempt to use up some of my fabric scraps (as you know they just keep on multiplying). I never thought I was going to be able to get a quilt out of them, I thought maybe a couple of pillows or a table runner of some sort. But,  boy was I wrong in my calculations: a 50X60 inches quilt was born and I'm beyond happy of how it turned out. This color combo is so happy and cheerful; like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. 
I kept debating on how to quilt it, but at the end I decided on simple straight lines. It adds a wonderful texture to the quilt and blends nicely with the log cabins. 
After such and unexpected finish I wonder what my next scrappy project would be. Time to start sorting through my fabric scraps and hope inspiration will strike.

Wishing you a lovely week.

XX
Martha.

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.