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

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

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

Scrap Challenge: Dottie Constellation

Dotti Constellation Quilt
Dottie Constellation Quilt
Dottie Constellation Quilt
Dottie Constellation
Dottie Constellation
Dottie Constellation Quilt

Happy Sunday! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. I'm so happy to share with you my latest finish.  It all started a few weeks ago when I won the Lark Scrap Challenge contest held by Rachel at Stitched in Color and generously sponsored by Heather at Lark Cottons. The challenge was to create a project using the dottie fabrics in the fat sixteenth bundle that I received. 

I love polka dots and from the first time a saw this rainbow of dottie prints wonky stars came to mind.   I wanted to have a whole constellation of starts and the variety of colors gave me the opportunity to create a set of unique star blocks.  Big, small and in between each block has its own personality. I used Kona cotton in Snow as the background for my starts; I think it is the perfect complement and allows the stars to really shine. I found the fabric that I used for the backing and the binding at my local fabric store and it was such a lucky find. I still can't believe how perfectly the color and dots match the stars; that doesn't happen to me very often.

I didn't plan on the size of this quilt before hand. I simply went where the fabric scraps took me and amazingly I ended up with a 60X65 inches quilt. Wow! I just did't expect that. I absolutely love how it turned out.

Thank you to Rachel and Heather for this challenge. I really enjoyed working with all of these yummy scraps. Please head over to Stitched in Color to see the creations of the other challengers.

Have a wonderful week!

Martha 

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!

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XX

Martha.

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

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