Table runners and chubby fingers

Guys, I’m coming up in the world. I am now such a hoity artist that I’ve been granted the luxury of two unpaid volunteer photography assistants! They may only be able to model projects fewer than four feet in length, but what they lack in stature they more than make up for in enthusiasm. And chubby fingers—how those dimpled knuckles do slay me.

Plum-ish improv table runner

Here’s yet another project I started sewing ages ago and only recently pulled out of my works-in-progress pile to finish. And I’m glad I did because it’s a perfect addition to the previously bare dining table in our new home (I originally made this and this for myself but ended up giving those away to my mom and best friend, respectively). It even matches our “family quilt“—as my sweetie’s two cuddly boys, a/k/a the chubby-fingered assistants, call it—that we keep on the couch.

Plum-ish improv table runner

Plum-ish improv table runner

What is it about fall that always seems to give me the table runner bug? I love all the plums and purples in Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry and True Colors lines. Combined with my favorite quilting pattern: infinity loops. Here’s one devoted little man proudly displaying the runner for me while exploding my ego by adorably repeating how it is “like, soooooo pretty”:

Plum-ish improv table runner

Plum-ish improv table runner

My original furry snuggler sat this one out and decided to just look on tiredly from her little perch atop her brother’s butt—there finally exist two living beings who can wear even *her* out!

Plum-ish improv table runner

So the next project? Halloween stuff, of course! I’ve got a super cute bunting and simple patchwork quilt in the works and have been more motivated than ever to hang out in my sewing room since it now involves a steady chorus of “ooooh”s and “ahhhh”s by my sewing cheerleaders. Here’s a little peek of what we’ve got going on…

Halloween bunting in progress

I’m most excited about the print with the potion bottles—one of which purports to contain “OWL HOOTS.”  Just put a fork in me.

Fall table runner

Fall Table Runner

Hi! Happy MID-DECEMBER? I figured I’d better stop in and post pictures of my Thanksgiving table runner before Christmas arrives. It successfully made it through my first hosted Thanksgiving and my brother’s spilling red wine on it (hence the yummy crinkles in the day-after photos–it’s already post-wash!).

I hope you all had a fat and happy Thanksgiving. xo

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

Neglected, not forgotten

Happy late 4th of July!  I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday.  I’m popping in to say hello and share some projects I photographed but never blogged about.  Though I neglected to share them when they were freshly done, at least they’re new to my blog!

Housewarming mini quilt for my BFF:

from Marta with Love - housewarming mini quiltfrom Marta with Love - housewarming mini quilt Girly zip pouch for my ma:

from Marta with Love - girly zip pouch

from Marta with Love - girly zip pouch Manly(ish) zip pouch for my pa (for “electronic stuff”):

from Marta with Love - manly(ish) zip pouch

from Marta with Love - manly(ish) zip pouch

Kindle cover for Hope, my colleague and friend:

from Marta with Love - kindle cover Some pretty fabric:

from Marta with Love - pretty fabric

And, finally, some well-behaved dogs frolicking in the water
(does this look like it’s about to get bad?):

from Marta with Love - water dogs

Till next time!

Mother’s Day embroidery

Happy Mother’s Day! Our grass is green and freshly mown, the tulips are in full bloom (more on those later), the weather is beyond lovely, and family time was laid back and fun. What a treasure today was.

Mother's Day Embroidery - from Marta with Love

Yesterday was beautiful too, but I spent most of it inside embroidering a gift for my mom. She’s totally worth a beautiful day spent inside.

Mother's Day Embroidery - from Marta with Love

Łysia is the random nickname my dad gave my mom a long time ago, and “Moja Łysia”–pronounced moya wisha–just means “My Łysia” in Polish. I used Sublime Stitching’s Skinny Letters pattern for that part and separate templates from Embroidered Effects for the bird and the heart.  I’ve only embroidered a handful of times (the last being my name tag), so this project took me alllll day.

Mother's Day Embroidery - from Marta with Love

When I finished the embroidery, I layered two pieces of white fabric onto the back, then a cut out a circle from poster board (the thick kind), and squeezed it into the back of the hoop. Then I neatly folded the excess fabric over the back of the poster board and used Elmer’s spray glue to hold it down. Lastly, I cut a circle out of a manila folder, sprayed that with glue as well, and stuck it on. This method may be a little janky, but it works for me.

Mother's Day Embroidery - from Marta with Love

I don’t have human kids, but my furry ones asked me to wish you and yours a happy Mother’s Day.