Pour le bébé

As I type this, toothpicks are in my eyelids helping me stay awake for the sake of finally sharing this baby quilt finish. Because there’s no antidote for a tiring week like quilty goodness and a fresh finish!

Pour le bébé


  • The recipient: Sterling, a darling friend’s darling new baby boy (le bébé!)
  • Front Prints: Tsuru and Washi Tape by Rashida Coleman Hale, Bella and Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter
  • Front Solids: Kaufman Essex (White and Medium Aqua), Kaufman yarn-dyed Essex (Flax and Black), Kona Snow, Free Spirit Designer Solids in Gold, Pure Elements Solids in Nocturnal
  • Backing fabric: Minky (Cuddle Solid in Charcoal by Shannon Fabrics)
  • Binding fabric: Kaufman yarn-dyed Essex Flax
  • Batting: Warm and White 100% Cotton
  • Thread: White Auriful 50wt mako cotton
  • Machine pieced, quilted and bound by moi

Pour le bébé

I quilted my lines one inch apart into a giant zigzag with my walking foot. I started by marking and quilting the lines two inches apart (you can see my markings in a previous post), but it didn’t look dense enough so I went back and did another line of quilting between those (just eyeballing the center between existing lines). I’m glad I decided to do the additional quilting–it made a huge difference!

I love how, depending on the angle from which you’re looking at the quilt, you can either see the left set of lines, or the right, or both. In the picture directly above, you can only see the lines on the left, but in the picture directly below you can see both. Unintended yet magical.

Pour le bébé

Pour le bébé

Pour le bébé

And just like zat, we have quilt pour le bébé! Wishing everyone a fresh start to a great week!

Madrona Road Polaris Pillow

The Front Range Modern Quilt Guild just held a pillow swap in honor of the Modern Quilt Guild’s Madrona Road Fabric Challenge.  Our swap assignment was to make a pillow for our secretly assigned partner using only the fabric collection Madrona Road by Violet Craft, plus solids (if we wanted).  Here’s what I came up with:

Madrona Road Pillow - from Marta with Love

The back is my favorite print from the collection, Wild Carrot in Straw.

Madrona Road Pillow (back) - from Marta with Love

I was excited for this swap because (A) I’ve loved Madrona Road for a while and (B) my partner was our guild president and my dear friend, Melissa!  No pressure, right?  I included for her a custom card with a Morning Glory sewn onto it.  Morning Glory in Charcoal is my other favorite print in this collection (I previously made a little bow clutch with it).

Morning Glory card - from Marta with Love

I call the pillow Polaris (the fancy name for the North Star, for those of you who are unfamiliar) because the pattern (Two Stars Squared by Diane of from blank pages), to me, resembles the North Star.  And for someone like Melissa, who is constantly guiding her fellow quilters with ideas, encouragement, and inspiration, I found it extremely fitting.  She definitely lights the way!  Har, har, har.

Maybe I should call it the Fiery Russian Meteor Pillow?

Madrona Road Pillow (in progress) - from Marta with Love

Madrona Road Pillow (paper piecing) - from Marta with Love

Madrona Road Pillow (wrong side of quilting) - from Marta with Love

I didn’t make the pillow in time to submit it to the MQG challenge, but I did make it in time for my guild’s swap deadline this past Saturday. That gives me a .500 average, which, if we were talking baseball, would guarantee me a spot in the Hall of Fame.  Keep that in mind.

Madrona Road Pillow (close-up of quilting) - from Marta with Love

I chose these prints because I like the brightness and vibrancy of the magenta and tangerine against the neutral Yarn-Dyed Essex Linen in Flax (this is the 876th project for which I’ve used this fabric but I am in love with it and will likely use it on 876 more projects).  The other neutral solid is Kona Snow.

Madrona Road Pillow (text detail) - from Marta with Love

Madrona Road Pillow - from Marta with Love

Oh yeah, look what I got to come home with!

Pillow from my swap partner, Anne - from Marta with Love

My secret partner was Anne and she totally rocked it.  This is her first project in 10 years!  I can’t believe this is how dusting off sewing cobwebs looks for her.  What’s her next project going to look like?  My favorite detail is probably the yellow quilting thread.  It’s so pretty and her stitches are so even and lovely.  Thank you SO MUCH, Anne!

Pillow from my swap partner, Anne - from Marta with Love

Oh, and I’m happy to be linking up to the Let’s Get Acquainted Monday Link-Up on my friend Martha’s blog today!  I get oddly excited when I happen to post on a linky day and realize I get to participate. :)

Because I wanna…

I made a few resolutions for 2013, one of which is to sew what my heart desires and not from a place of obligation.  In other words: sew what I want because I wanna!

In honor of said resolution, I’m currently working on another simple patchwork quilt using each print from Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study collection.  And I’m totally smitten.  I think this is my favorite quilt to date!  Here’s my progress so far:











And a helper. Lying around is a thankless job.

and a helper :)

The quilt will eventually be 77″ x 84″, with each patchwork square measuring 7″ finished.  I found this to be a great size for the squares since they’re big enough to show off the awesome Field Study prints but small enough to keep the quilt looking “patchworky”  (yep, patchworky).

I’ll finish the top this week so I can baste it at the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild meet-and-sew this Saturday. Then I think I’ll quilt it using the dogwood pattern shown in this tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman.  What do you think?

P.S. Did you know Field Study linen/cotton blend is coming out in April?  I die.

(Right after I link up to W.I.P. Wednesday at Freshly Pieced, that is.)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

2012 Recap and a Giveaway Winner!

The day of reckoning has come.  I must recap how much I completed during the last 100 days of 2012 (yes, I’m that late to the 2012 recap party)!

But first: in my original 100 Day Hustle post, I mentioned that I would give away a handmade something to the person who guessed the number of projects I would complete from my list.  Mina, Catherine, Debra and Chelsea all guessed correctly, so here’s how I broke the tie.  Using this random letter generator, I clicked until I got the starting letter of one of these lovely ladies’ names.  M was the first one to pop up, so congrats to you, Mina!  I’ve e-mailed you to get your address so I can send this little wine tote your way (tutorial to follow in the next couple weeks):

Wine tote (tutorial coming soon)

Now for the 100-day recap.


  1. Custom sewing table
  2. Quilt and bind Octagonal Orbs top, send it to its new home
  3. Sew three six makeup pouches for sweet friends
  4. Pillow for the Pillow Talk Swap
  5. Alpine Wonderland Christmas quilt (a quilted table runner counts in my book!).


  1. Summerlove Converging Corners quilt
  2. Finish Bella throw pillows for my couches
  3. Twin boy quilts for a sweet friend’s new family members
  4. Warm and wintery Washi Dress from this Loulouthi flannel print

I also completed a few projects that weren’t on my list, so I personally feel I should get bonus points for those.  Here’s a collage of all my 2012 sews (not including my holiday swap ornament, because I remembered it too late so adding it would’ve meant a total collage reworking).

2012 Sews

Did I mention I sewed over 50 bee blocks?  Here those are as well:

2012 Bee Blocks

2012 was crafty fun but here’s to an even better 2013!