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

Weekend List Conquering

A lot is getting crossed off my list this weekend!  (Or so it feels.)

I’m making some zip pouches from these sweet prints by Laurie Wisbrun that I won in the lovely Randi’s Pin it to Win it contest a couple weeks ago.

Also, I finally decided how I want to quilt the Octagonal Orbs top from my Quilts for Cancer bee and am LOVING it so far.  Both the front and back are looking so cool.  I really can’t wait to finish this one and send it to its deserving owner!  Definitely lots of love going into it which I’m certain she’ll feel :)

Lastly, I’m working on my first legit tutorial on how to make a sewing table, so stay tuned!  I HOPE to have it finished in the next couple days.

In the meantime, I’m wishing you all a fun and safe weekend!  XO x 1,000!

Summerlove Converges

As it’s W.I.P. Wednesday and Fresh Sewing Day, I thought I’d show you what I’m up to. Here are a couple blocks from the Converging Corners quilt I’m making using Pat Bravo’s puuuuuurty collection, Summerlove. My guild-mates are sick of hearing me say it, but I’ll tell you guys anyway: this is my favorite fabric collection of. all. time.  I’ve got about 10 blocks completed so far (of the 24 I plan to make). These were the first two.