from Marta with Love

So in love in 2016

I’m so in love.

Fibs and Fables bundle and Everyday Style book

Although 2015 was marked by my happiest ever life moment–my best friend asking me to MARRY his dreamboat self–that’s not the love I’m here to gush over (though I could do so, at length, until you all puke. Let me know if that’s something you’re interested in). What I’m really smitten and gaga and cross-eyed in LOVE with is the fabric with which I’m starting my first quilt project of 2016. My heart belongs to Fibs and Fables by Anna Maria Horner (okay, and to my LaMar)!

Fibs and Fables strips

A half-yard bundle of Fibs and Fables was included in my Christmas gifts this year (alongside a copy of Lotta’s new book). And before my belly had even digested our holiday feasts, I got busy planning the quilt for our “marriage bed” (heh) that I would make with my new fabric. I love combining simple, neutral (usually white) bedding with colorful patchwork.

For this quilt, I knew I wanted bigger blocks, with a striking, somewhat traditional-looking pattern that would beautifully juxtapose these more modern, saturated prints. So I chose my sweet buddy Amy’s Potluck pattern from her uplifting book, For Keeps. I believe it will be perfect.

For Keeps (book by Amy Gibson)

Potluck quilt pattern from For Keeps book

Side note: remember my sewing table? It’s in here! In a section about useful tools.

The quilt in the book is a 3-block by 3-block version with sashing (the blocks finish at 15 inches). I’m making a 5×5 version without sashing so I had to spend a little time recalculating my fabric and cutting requirements.

I’ve already cut out all my pieces and arranged swatches to pick which prints to use for each block. It may look random, but there is precision, rhyme, and reason in this fabric-picking! I had my little system, which I can talk about in a later post.

Fibs and Fables quilt block pieces

Fibs and Fables swatches

ARE THESE NOT THE YUMMIEST SCRAPS IN EXISTENCE?? A half-yard bundle is plenty for a super-sized version of this quilt. I even have enough for a 30-block (5×6 layout) version.

Fibs and Fables strips

Fibs and Fables scraps

Next time I stop by here I’d like to share some heartfelt thoughts on the process of creating with fabric that comes from true art and intention. It’s a bewitching experience and I can’t wait to put those thoughts down.

Happy New Year! It’s going to be beautiful.

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  • Norine

    Looking good so far! I can’t wait to see the finish!

    January 4, 2016 at 5:25 pm Reply
    • Marta

      Thanks, dude!

      January 7, 2016 at 10:15 am Reply
  • Amy Gibson

    OHMYGOODNESS this quilt is going to be SO stinking adorable, Marta! In love with your fabric choices (and quilt choice- hehehe). Honored, in fact, that you would choose this for your master bed!! The 5X5 size is going to be seriously epic, and in AMH…just stop. Amazing overload. I’ll be watching to see the progress! PS Congrats on a seriously lovely new blog design! You’ve inspired me to work on giving mine an update! Love your “My Hero” button right up top. XO

    January 5, 2016 at 7:42 am Reply
    • Marta

      Thanks, sweets! I’m SUPER excited to start piecing blocks.

      Love your new blog design–and I mean LOVE!!!!

      January 7, 2016 at 10:16 am Reply
  • tentinystitches

    So excited to see how this turns out!! And of course a little gushing over your guy is something I would be completely interested in reading 🙂 Miss you my friend!

    January 6, 2016 at 7:53 pm Reply
    • Marta

      I’ll spare the world excessive gushing. 😉

      I miss you, too! I’m excited about your new blog so I can keep up with your various goings-on! XO

      January 7, 2016 at 10:18 am Reply
  • Carla

    Congratulations Marta! Loved this post. No wonder Nicke calls you Marta moosh ! : )

    January 6, 2016 at 8:14 pm Reply
    • Marta

      HA!! Hahaha. Martamoosh started way back when I was in middle school! In Polish, replacing the end of a name with “-oosh” makes it endearing. So when my friends heard my parents call me Mart-oosh they adopted it and started calling me Martamoosh. It’s stuck ever since! Most of my girlfriends just call me Moosh. 🙂

      January 7, 2016 at 10:23 am Reply
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    Love this, beautiful work! I am in awe of your talents and courage 🙂

    January 23, 2018 at 7:26 pm Reply
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