Half Square Triangle Quilt

I'm so happy to have finished this quilt. A half square triangle quilt has been in my to do list for a long time. So it feels really good to finally check this off my list. The fabric has been in my stash for the longest time so if feels equally good to put it to good use. I've been trying to use up the fabric in my stash before I acquire any new one. So far it has been working out, lets see how far I can go. 

This quilt is on the larger side: it measures 70X70 inches and after finishing it it has given me the courage to tackle larger quilts in the future.

Can't wait to start my next quilt.

Wishing you a happy week!

XO

Martha 

Summer Tote Bag

Quick finishes are so satisfying... to be able to transform a piece of fabric into something useful in an hour or less it is just fantastic. A couple of weeks ago I finished this lovely tote bag and I been using it non stop since then. The fabric is a printed canvas I found at my local fabric store and I added essex linen accents on the front pockets, the handles ant the inside pocket and of course the label. I love the way it turned out and how practical it is. By the way, I have been playing around with that label for a while; I label my quilts with it as well. But I'm never been one hundred percent sure about it. Maybe one day I'll finally make up my mind about it. 

Wishing you a wonderful week. 

XO

Martha 

Scrappy Quilt

I'm a great admirer of scrappy quilts. I love how in one piece you can showcase many fabrics to tell a story. Weather it is a collection of leftover fabrics from other projects or beloved fabrics that  are not large enough to make a quilt on their own. However, as much as I love scrappy quilts I haven't made many of them. So I decided it was time to check that off my wish list. I started by cutting up fabric scraps into 2.5 inch squares and putting them into a large jar. When I filled up the jar I began putting together nine patch blocks. When it came to putting together the quilt top, I decided to add linen patches to break up the scrappiness. And I couldn't be more pleased with the result. I think linen is a great addition to any quilting project; it adds a great texture and it ages beautifully as the quilt gets worn out. To add a bit more character to this quilt I made a pieced backing with some of my favorite fabrics from my collection. 

Such a fun project to make and it has already become a favorite around the house too. Scrappy quilts are the best!

Wishing you a happy week!

XO 

Martha 

Nae Shawl

I love knitting, but it takes me a long time to finish a project. I wish a was faster at it, but I just can't. And it doesn't help that I go through periods of not knitting at all because of tendonitis in my hands. So when I get to finish a knitting project I have to confess I feel immensely proud of myself. I finished this lovely shawl a few months ago and it was long overdue. I'm so happy I finally got to photograph it and share it with you.  The pattern is so simple yet so elegant and a very easy project.  Pattern is free and available on Raverly.

I can't not say enough how happy I am with  how this shawl turned out. I love the color and the softness of the yarn.  And I'm even happier that I got to gift it to a dear friend. 

I hope you have a happy week.

XO

Martha.  

Windows Baby Quilt

Happy Sunday friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Around here I have been very busy, working really hard in my sewing room. But totally enjoying every minute of it. Last week I finished this baby quilt and it was quickly delivered to my sister-in-law who is expecting a baby next month. This was a hard quilt to photograph because of the soft colors but in person is so soft and fresh looking. I adore the way it turned out. I designed this windows pattern to highlight the pieces of Aneela Hoey's Posy fabric. I just thought the sweet fabric with bunnies and chicks was just too precious to cut up. For the back of the quilt I used a larger panel of the same Posy fabric mirroring the windows from the front. And to finish it off I quilted with simple straight lines about one and a half inches apart. Such a sweet finish I hope it gets used and loved for years to come.

XO

Martha. 

Modern Plus Quilt II

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Plus quilts are so fun to make and they come together very quickly. This is the second one that I make and I don't this would be my last one. Specially because I didn't get to keep any of them. The first one I made I gave it to my sister (you can see it here) for her birthday a while a ago. And this happy quilt I sent it to a dear friend. She likes fresh and happy colors so I thought this color combo would be particularly fitting for her personality. I really love the way it turned out and she tells me she was very happy with her new quilt, which traveled over 2,000 miles to get to her. 

Now I think I should get busy and make another one of this happy quilts to keep for myself.

Wishing you a happy week.

XO

Martha

Picking Up The Pieces

Hello friends, it has been a while since I've been to this space or visited your blogs. It was not my intention to go missing for so long. But sometimes one just needs to take a break. I think blogging and crafting requires passion and I had lost my passion. I still love and cherish this space and the friendships that has brought to my life, but I was just too sad. In November I lost my beloved pet Chihuahua Mini Lou. She had been with us for almost 15 years and loosing her just unraveled a chain of emotions that were too difficult to bare. She was my child... my baby. My husband and I had battled infertility for many years and after all of our failed procedures we became extremely attached to this sweet little soul. She filled the void in our lives and gave purpose to my life when I needed it the most. Thanks to having her in my life I've became a mommy for the first time.

Things a a bit better now. We still have our pug Mona, she is the kindest and most cuddly pug you'll ever meet and love her to pieces. And most recently a new puppy joined our little family. She is a pug named Zoey. The puppy is keeping me busy and between Mona's and Zoey's little antics I've been able to smile again.  I'm trying to pick up the pieces and get back to crafting... I started a quilt and it feels really good to be back in my sewing room playing with fabric again. 

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a lovely week

XO

Martha.

Modern Maples

At long last my Modern Maples quilt is finished! It took a while, but totally worth the wait. I just love this quilt so much. The warm colors and the sort of rustic feel of the linen. I just love it The pattern is by Amanda Jennings from the book Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays; a lovely book filled with amazing designs. 

For the maple leaves I used various prints by Juliana Horner and DS Quilts and for the background I used Robert Kauffman Essex linen. I love how the linen complements all the prints so well and allows them to shine. For the backing I had chosen one of the green prints that I had used for the leaves. I had few yards in my stash. But a few days before I basted the quilt, I wondered into my local fabric shop and found the flannel that I ended up using for the backing. It is shirting flannel but it works perfectly for this quilt. And I think it makes it even cozier. Definitely one of my favorite quilts so far.

Wishing you a lovely week!

XO 

Martha