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11/10/14

Veronica Bag

Veronica Bag
Veronica Bag
Veronica Bag
Veronica Bag
Veronica Bag
Veronica Bag
Veronica Bag

I finished my new bag (finally!). It is so nice to have a new finish. It feels like it has been forever since I finished a project. As you might remember I started cutting all the pieces two weekends ago and it wasn't until yesterday that I was able to finish it. But the wait was totally worth it. I love how it turned out; specially the pleats in the front of the bag.  Right now this is my absolute favorite bag. It is super roomy, totally perfect to carry all my stuff around. And let me tell you,  I carry a lot of stuff!
I used essex linen for the body of the  bag and one of my most treasured prints of the Flea Market Fancy collection for the handles. I have been hoarding that Denyse Schmidt print for the longest time.  I don't usually hold on to many fabrics but this one I just couldn't bring myself to cut into it. I just think it is so pretty; thus, I wanted to wait for the perfect project to use it. And I'm so glad I did. I just can't can't get over how well it looks with the linen.  To keep things organized I added two pockets to the interior: one with a zipper to help things stay in place.

Pattern from the book Bags: The Modern Classics.

Wishing you a beautiful week!

*Linking Up to Let's Be Social at Sew Fresh Quilts and Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts*

XX
Martha.


10/26/14

Lately...

WIP: Veronica Bag
WIP: Veronica Bag
WIP: Veronica Bag
WIP: Veronica Bag

I wish there were more hours in the day. Oh my goodness! I have so many things to do and so little time. Do you ever feel that way? As if the day is not long enough? I do most of the time, specially when I want to fit in more sewing time in my day. Having another project in the works I really didn't need to start a new one. I usually work on just one project from start to finish before moving on to the next one. But I thought for a change I'll do a bit of 'multi-tasking' and see how it works for my creative process. Making a new everyday bag has been in my to do list for a while since I really need to retire my current one.  So I'm very happy that I'm finally going to be crossing that off my list. I'm using the pattern for the Veronica Bag from the book Bags: The Modern Classics. The book is absolutely lovely. Every single pattern is modern and very chic. This is the second bag that I make from the book and I think I'm going to love this bag as much as the first one. 
I hope to show you the finished one very soon.

Have a wonderful week!

XX
Martha

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