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!

There will be a quilt

Hi! Thought I’d drop in this morning and share my current quilt in progress, a FUN and bold improv log cabin I’ve worked on here and there for a couple months.

Tsuru quilt piecing by frommartawithlove, on Flickr

Tsuru quilt piecing by frommartawithlove, on Flickr

Tsuru is the most prominent collection, I guess, but it also has some Washi Tape, Bella and Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter, Kaufman yarn-dyed Essex, some Art Gallery solids, and Kona Snow.

Tsuru quilt blocks in progress by frommartawithlove, on Flickr

A peek at the quilting lines…

Tsuru quilting lines by frommartawithlove, on Flickr

And SEAMS! I love looking at the backs of quilt tops. I usually pin-baste my quilts, but used both spray and pins this time since I was working with slippery ol’ minky backing.

Tsuru quilt basting by frommartawithlove, on Flickr

So that’s my current squeeze, which I’m binding and washing and photographing and gifting to a wonderful friend and her new son. Finished quilt post to follow very soon! Yeah!

Lastly, in an effort to spice up this post, allow me to wow you with dog glamour shots.

Zeppelin’s sexy shower commercial.
Zeppelin's sexy shower commercial by frommartawithlove, on Flickr

A face only a mother could love. (I laugh so hard–what IS that face about? )
A face only a mother could love. by frommartawithlove, on Flickr

Rub a dub dub (best part of bath time).
Rub a dub dub (best part of bath time) by frommartawithlove, on Flickr

Senior pictures, duh.
Senior pictures, duh. by frommartawithlove, on Flickr

(Zep’s official senior portrait. The girls go wild!)
(Zep's official senior portrait. The girls go wild!) by frommartawithlove, on Flickr

And a ham.
And a ham. Oh, Layla. by frommartawithlove, on Flickr

Happy weekend!

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.

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:

Cutting…

Cutting...

Admiring…

Admiring...

Arranging…

Arranging...

Piecing…

Piecing...

Pressing…

Ironing...

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