Sewing Kit

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I love hand stitching and embroidery… I find the process very therapeutic and relaxing. And as you know those project are very portable. While I don’t travel much outside my home with my sewing projects I like to have my tools on hand to move from one room to the next without much hassle. This little sewing kit is the perfect size to carry the essentials and helps me keep my needles in place (I’m always so afraid about losing my needles and someone getting hurt by a stray needle). Have you ever been been hurt by a needle that was lost or misplaced?

XO

Martha.

Cross Stitch Ornament

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Happy Sunday friends! Did you have a good weekend? I can’t believe the first week of December is gone… Christmas is just around the corner! I’m certainly not ready. I feel like I still have so much to do: many items of my long list of to dos to check off. I haven’t even finished putting up my decorations. But in the midst of this business I made my first cross stitched ornament. Nat from the blog Eat, Breath and Create is hosting a cross stitch Christmas ornament stitch along on Instagram and totally got me excited about dusting off my box embroidery flosses and hops and start stitching again. This is the first one of three different patterns on the stitch along. Next Tuesday she will put up another pattern. And I can’t wait to get started on the next one.

The fabric for the ornament I naturally dyed with coffee grounds. I wanted my little ornaments to have a bit of vintage look. My motto is always use what you have and make it work. I have about two meters of crisp white cross stitching fabric in my stash that my dad had bought for me. So I decided to get creative and dye the white fabric. The process was super easy and I’m very pleased with the results. If you are curios about the process of dyeing the fabric let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to make a tutorial about it.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

XO

Martha

GIVEAWAY!

Hexa Go Go

To celebrate my return to blogging and crafting I wanted to have a little giveaway. Just to say thank you for following along on my crafty journeys. The Prize: a copy of Tacha Brwecher’s fantastic book about English Paper Piecing Hexa Go Go. (one of my favorite books)

The giveaway is open international so anyone can enter.

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Giveaway closes on Saturday December 8 at 11:59 pm PST

Thank you for playing and good luck!

XO Martha

Large Granny Square Quilt II

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Hello friends! It has been a great weekend. We celebrated Thanksgiving here in the US. There is so much I’m thankful for, but specially my little family. We spent many hours over the long weekend hanging out in my studio, listening to music and going on long walks. It was wonderful.

I finished the quilt to for my log cabin quilt I have been working on for the past couple of weeks. But instead of showing you a progress photo, I wanted to share with you another Large Granny Square Baby Quilt I finished a while ago. I completed it at the same time I finished the other Granny Square quilt I shared with you a few weeks ago. I have three Pugs so they all want their own quilt, lol

It has been great fun working on this one block quilts. I’ll definitely gonna be making more of these.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

XO

Martha

Aztec Quilt

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I’ve been keeping this baby quilt under wraps for a while. It was a gift for a cousin who had a baby boy. So I wanted to wait until she received it to share here. I crated the pattern myself inspired by the many Aztec Quilt interpretations I’ve seen on Pinterest and I just love how it turned out. The black with the white and the green (or should I say Pickle green) are my favorite color combo lately. I just can’t get over how much I love all these colors together. I backed this little quilt with the softest flannel which happens to be in plaid. So cute for a baby boy I think.

I really want to recreate this pattern again, but in a larger size. Maybe a throw quilt… Oh so many quilts to make, so little time :)

I hope you have a wonderful week!

XO

Martha.

WIP: Log Cabin Quilt

Hello friends, how was your weekend? I started a new project and I’m super excited to see how it is taking shape. Log cabin blocks are probably one of my favorite to make; they offer so many possibilities when it comes to design and placement and they are really fun to make. For this quilt I went with a different palette from what I have been working on lately. I thought it was time to finally cut into my small (but very treasured) stash of Denyse Schmidt fabrics. For the center I chose my new favorite Kona Cotton color: pickle. I though a nice pop of color would be nice.

I can’t wait to put this one together… just a few more blocks to go and I’ll have a quilt top.

Wishing you a lovely week!

XO

Martha

Large Granny Square Quilt

I’m still playing with scraps. But the pile doesn't seem to diminish much. I decided to try my hand at making a large scale granny square block and make it into a baby quilt. Or should I say a pug quilt… my pugs love laying on quilts so I like making them small quilts for their beds. They look pretty around the house and they are the perfect size to try out new pattern ideas or quilting techniques. Also, they are great scrap-busters. And as a bonus point, f they don’t turn out great the pugs are not very critical, lol.

Love the way this little quilt turned out. Super scrappy and the meandering quilting give is such a great texture. I think I’ll be making this pattern again.

Wishing you a lovely week!

XO

Martha.

Windmill Quilt

Hello friends! Did you have a good weekend? Mine was fabulous. I continue to find more time for sewing and that makes me super happy. A couple weeks ago I finished this happy quilt. The pattern is called Wind Mill; I found it on Pinterest. I used the photo for inspiration but I designed my own block sizes. The fabric that I sued was the leftover scraps from my Modern Plus Quilt II I finished a while ago. The original quilt I gave it to a dear friend who lives far away and I don’t get to see very often. So It feels kind of nice to both have quilts made from the same fabric. The quilt fined at a nice 48X48 inches; great for a lap quilt. For this quilt I used muslin in natural color that I had in my stash. This is was a first for me and I quite like it. The end result is a light and airy quilt. I haven’t washed it yet, so I have yet to see have it washes up and how much it shrinks compared to 100% cotton.

Have you ever used muslin fabric to back your quilts? What is your experience?

I hope you have wonderful week.

XO

Martha.