This and That

Have you heard Google Reader is going away soon?  In light of this not-really-that-sad-in-the-greater-scheme-of-life news, I’ve made the easy switch over to Bloglovin and so far it’s great.

Do follow my blog with Bloglovin, would you?

In other news, I’ve almost got a finished quilt to show!  All it needs is a binding.

Quilted Swoon - from Marta with Love

This quilt came together using a Swoon block that’s been in my unfinished object pile for over a year.  I finally conceded that a whole 9-block Swoon quilt wasn’t in my future and decided to make the most of this pretty block by turning it into a baby quilt to donate.

Quilted Swoon - from Marta with Love

I started with the lone Swoon as my base and built the quilt top around it.  There wasn’t much intention in my process; I simply slapped it up onto my design board and laid prints around it until I found what looked good.  In two short evenings, I had my quilt top and backing all pieced up!  Then I basted and quilted in a classic infinity scroll à la Denyse Schmidt (after seeing her work in person at QuiltCon, I want to quilt all my quilts with the infinity scroll, no matter how amateur mine look by comparison!).

Tangerine Quilt Back - from Marta with Love

I really love the backing.  I’m not a big orange person, but the right shade of sherbet or tangerine can make my heart sing.  The print on the left there is Pebbles in Poppy from Lotta Jansdotter’s Bella collection.  I love it and I love all her designs.  The flying geese block you see was my very first paper pieced block from several months ago (awww).  It uses the same fabric as the Swoon on the front so I wanted to give it a home in this quilt.  I’m really putting my dormant blocks to good use!  And of course, plenty of yarn-dyed Essex Flax makes its appearance in this quilt as well.  I’m an addict.

Last on my list of “this and that” are some fun bee blocks.  I haven’t chugged a full gallon of the Scrappy Trip Around the World Kool-Aid (find #scrappytripalong on Instagram –you’ll understand what I’m referring to), but I did take a sip and really enjoyed making these two blocks for Nicke’s month in our Heal Circle.

Scrappy Trip Bee Blocks - from Marta with Love

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

A simple patchwork quilt top and my new sewing space

Last week I moved my sewing room upstairs.  It used to be in our basement because we didn’t have air conditioner and it was just too hot to sew and press upstairs.  Now that we have a/c, though, I was able to move my sewing space up into the light!  Here are the before and after shots of my unpacking:

Ta-da!  When we first brought everything upstairs it looked like I might never find a place for it all!  However, being the determined cleany beany that I am, I easily found a spot for each of my goodies.  This has always been my favorite room in our house, so I’m really happy to be sewing in here.

My first creation in my new space is a simple patchwork quilt top made from 6″ charm squares, all from the Pretty Little Things fabric collection.  In hindsight, I would’ve left out some of the prints and maybe thrown in some solids, but I’m still happy with this guy and think it’s a great summer quilt.  I will quilt and bind it as soon as my backing fabric arrives, hopefully later this week.  As this is a work in progress, I’m linking up to W.I.P. Wednesday hosted by Lee of Freshly Pieced.  There are some cool projects on there every Wednesday so be sure to check it out.

Eat that grass, girl.

Here Layla is again, this time with a meaner mug. I have another dog (black lab, Zeppelin), but he never seems to care about my quilts. Only my glamour girl shows up for me.

Octagonal Orbs Quilt Top

In my last post I said I finished two quilt tops this weekend, which means I have another one to show you. It’s the product of twelve pairs of hands from the Quilts for Cancer bee, each making and sending me one block for the quilt.

Our bee is called “Quilts for Cancer,” but we’ve been realizing throughout the months that these quilts are really for anyone in need of some comfort in their illness. Mine will be for a client of the law firm I work for. I wish I could tell you more about her because her story would amaze and inspire you. I hope this quilt will not only provide her and her wonderful family with a little happiness, but also show them how much they’ve inspired everyone at our firm with their courage and love.

As for the quilt design, I posted about Elizabeth Hartman’s Octagonal Orb block in a previous post if you’re wondering where you can find this fantastic block pattern to make yourself. I decided not to sash the blocks because they’re already large and I didn’t want the quilt to be so big.  Instead I trimmed all the blocks a little to bring them to the same size and just assembled them side-by-side, which I think turned out looking pretty cool.  This pattern would be great with a more contrasting background fabric to really make the orbs come forward and the diamonds at each intersection pop.

I do still love my linen choice for the background fabric in this quilt (yarn-dyed Essex cotton/linen blend in Flax) and have lately come to the realization that it’s my favorite fabric.  I’ve been incorporating it into almost everything I sew and don’t plan on slowing down soon. I think the texture is what grabs me –it’s delicious.

I haven’t fully finished a quilt since my Backyard Boy so I’m stoked to finally get my quilt on! For this one I think I’ll echo the octagon shape in my quilting design. I’m also really looking forward to doing some hand-stitched bindings. Taryn at from Pixels to Patchwork recently had this to say: I *love* hand sewing the binding. It allows me to be lazy and productive at the same time! I totally agree! You KNOW I’ll be watching me some Downton Abbey while I bind these. That or Harry Potter. Anything British, really.