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10/12/14

Travel Sewing Wallet

Travel Sewing Wallet
Travel Sewing Wallet
Travel Sewing Wallet
Travel Sewing Wallet
Travel Sewing Wallet

I love Noodlehead's patterns. Anna is so talented and everything she creates is so stylish and beautiful (probably your already knew that). A few months ago she published a free pattern for a manicure wallet, which quickly caught my eye and immediately added it to my ever-growing list of things I wish to make. Yesterday I had some time and decided to finally make on of these little wallets. Although, I had  a  different purpose for it in mind. I want to use it as a travel sewing kit. The size is perfect to accommodate my tools and some notions. I totally adore the way it turned out and would love to make a few more. I had a bit of hard time installing the snap closures as I had never done it before. But I think it will go a lot better with the next one. 

Have a  wonderful week!

XX
Martha

10/5/14

Glimpses of Fall

Glimpses of Fall

Fall is starting to make its appearance in my garden. Love the change of seasons.

Wishing you a happy week!

XX
Martha

9/28/14

On My Table...

WIP: Granny Square Quilt
WIP: Granny Square Quilt
WIP: Granny Square Quilt
WIP: Granny Square Quilt

Happy Sunday everyone! Did you have a good weekend? I didn't get to do as much sewing as I had planned but I managed to sneak a few moments on my new quilting project. I'm super excited   about this one: a Granny Square Quilt.  It has been in my wish list for such a long time and finally I'll be making one.  I used the tutorial by Blue Elephant Stitches and after making a few blocks I can't stop! They are so much fun to make.  The only difference is that my blocks are going to be slightly smaller since my squares are 2 inches instead of the 2.5 that the tutorial calls for. I had some 2 inches fabric strips already cut up that I wanted to use up and they seem to be working out great. 
I'm really looking forward to making more progress on this little project.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

XX
Martha.

9/24/14

It's All About The Little Things...

Spool Mini Quilt
Spool Mini Quilt
Spool Mini Quilt

Sometimes the smallest things can bring you so much joy... Last weekend I was playing with some fabric scraps and decided to make a spool block, which has been in my mind for some time. I used the instructions from the book Liberty Love. Though I made a little mistake and ended up making it narrower, but I still liked my block very much that I made it into this itty bitty quilt. It is so tiny! (it only measures 6X5 inches). However, I think that what it lacks in size it makes up in personality. I think it is super cute. It now hangs in my sewing room and it makes my heart sing every time I look at it. So it got me thinking... this is exactly what life is all about: always appreciate the little things and love what you do. 

I hope you are having a lovely week!

*Linking up to Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts*

XX
Martha

9/20/14

Wishing for Autumn and A New Shawl

WIP: Nae Shawl
WIP: Nae Shawl
WIP: Nae Shawl
WIP: Nae Shawl

Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a lovely weekend. I'm having a great weekend so far. Enjoying what it seems to be the last days of summer (I hope). While summer has been fun, I find myself wishing for cooler weather. I started to notice a few glimpses of autumn here and there: it is getting darker in the evenings a lot sooner and some trees have already started turning colors.  
I feel like autumn weather is the perfect knitting weather so in anticipation of its arrival I began knitting a new shawl.  The pattern is Nae available on Raverly.  It is a beautiful pattern and what I find most interesting is that is knitted from side to side rather than from the center.  It is truly an enjoyable project and it is growing really fast! 

*Linking up to Wool Sundays at Rainbow Hare Quilts and Yarn Along at Small Things*

Wishing you a happy weekend!

XX
Martha

9/14/14

Plus Quilt

Plus Quilt
Plus Quilt
Plus Quilt
Plus Quilt
Plus Quilt
Plus Quilt
Plus Quilt

For the past few weeks I've been planning on making a quilt for my sister. Her birthday is coming up and I wanted to give her a quilt. But I couldn't settle on a design. I wanted something young and fresh and I just couldn't make up my mind.  Then suddenly one day the light bulb in my head went on: a plus quilt! The design is simple yet modern for a young lady...There is something so special about simple patchwork that I'm always drawn to it. I don't think I can ever get tired of it. The piecing was fast and easy (maybe that is the reason I like patchwork so much) and I used only fabrics from my stash. 
For the quilting I did a meandering design that blends in well with the fabrics but gives it a nice texture. 
One of my favorite parts about this quilt is the backing. I found the fabric at my local fabric store and I bought it because it reminded me of Charlie Brown's t-shirt, don't you agree?
I hope my sister likes her present as much as I enjoyed making it for her. 

Wishing you a beautiful week.

XX
Martha.

9/5/14

Table Linens

Nine Patch Table Runner
Nine Patch Table Runner
Nine Patch Table Runner
Patchwork & Nine Patch Table Runners
Patchwork Table Runner
Nine Patch Table Runner

Happy Friday. Are you ready for the weekend? I'm so ready. I have so many sewing plans. I hope I get to finish all of the things I have on my list (or maybe at least half). However, right now I wanted to show you the fruits of last week's sewing session. The projects are very utilitarian... but still super fun to make. I needed a table mat to protect my dining table. I usually don't like tablecloths for everyday use on that table. But for some reason that table is like the heart of the house and most activities end up centered around that table and it needs something to protect the surface. So I made a couple of table runners to be used as table mats. They actually work out perfectly as a place setting for two, too. They are very basic. But there is something about simple patchwork that I love so much. And now table clean up is a breeze! Win, win :)

I hope you have a great weekend and happy sewing

XX

Martha.