Just a couple of items of interest! (OR NOT)

While this isn't really very interesting, I did get a giggle this morning.  I sometimes peek into  my spam folder.....not the emails within the folder....just the folder itself to see who seems to be wasting so much of their valuable time.  Well, this morning, this spam heading caught my eye -  P E N I S     E N L A R G E M E N T      P I L L.  It was typed out in capital letters and spaces between each letter.  He or she really wanted me to take notice.   I did -  thinking how could this apply to me?  I don't have one, nor do I want one.  So I made the thought smaller in my mind by just calling it PEP!  Now, T H A T  I need a little of.   My energy has been draining lately with all the heat and humidity here in the Deep South.  But, as they say, this too shall pass.  About the time November gets here.   

Also of interest is that I learned in English 101 that a new paragraph should be started with each new subject.   I must have failed English 101 'cause the above paragraph starts out talking about a penis then PEP, then moves to my lack of energy and then on to weather conditions in a season yet to come.  I sure hope the search engines don't hone in on the P word!!!!

Another item of interest, or not.   I've been without internet service for a few days and what a bummer that has been.  It made me realize just how 'connected' I am.   I had a good time looking for ways to fill the void.  Came up with a few:

(1) Editing photos taken during a recent long weekend trip to New Iberia, Louisiana.  It was a whirlwind trip, but fun to get away and have someone else cook breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

A real charmer any month of the year!

(2) Took stock of what fabric I had on hand. 

(3) Assembled fabric and cut a few more "Idea Pouches" for gift giving.  I don't often purchase patterns, but this Michelle Pattern was a must have.  I know it's still a little early in the year, but having Christmas gifts for kids in the family is now almost off my to-do-list.  It's a pouch for all ages, personalized by using fabric that suits the age of the kid, whether young or old. 

Michelle Patterns Idea Pouch....made by Marty Mason

I put notebooks, pencils and pens in this one but it is also perfect for sketchbooks, crayons or art pencils and brushes. 

Michelle Patterns Idea Pouch....made by Marty Mason

Interesting or not.....this one is complete.  More later.


It's a long story: but someone has to tell it!

It was at QuiltCon 2013 where I picked up a little card/advert with a Valori Wells' quilt pictured on the front.  When I got home from Austin that year, I searched diligently for her quilt pattern and never found one published.  Perhaps it wasn't her pattern, but just her Novella fabric that was being showcased.   Who knows. 

I continued to sit on this picture and when Tula Pink's Acacia fabric line (last pictures in the post) hit the streets, I grabbed a few yards, knowing this was the perfect fabric for me to use when, or if, I ever got my hands on the quilt pattern I coveted.   To the Tula Pink fabric, I added a Michael Miller, Kona in gray and snow, and a Kaffe shot cotton.  I put all this fabric into my "Projects" bin and labeled it Project No. 1 to keep it all safe and organized and ready to grab when the time arrived. 

Fast forward early 2014, when  I decided to stop messing around and figure out how Valori might have made her quilt.  Here's my little sample.   Okay, I got this far then was distracted again, so back to the back-burner this project went.

A zig-zag technique sampler made by Marty Mason

Was it March or April that I found Emma Jean Jansen's  Terra Australis 32-fabric bundle?  I've been looking at that bundle since purchased and finally last week the lights came on and I knew what I wanted to make.  (That's another story.)   I've now labeled this one Project No. 2. 

Ella Blue

Well,  now, remember the fabric I bundled and stored for Project No. 1?  I need that Kona snow in my newly-found quilt Project No. 2 which can only mean that I must complete Project No. 1  to be able to get started on Project No. 2 before I am further distracted by a new fabric line! 

Playful Raccoon quilt top. Tula Pink Fabric pieced by Marty Mason

Playful Raccoon quilt top. Tula Pink Fabric pieced by Marty Mason

The sewing machine has been running in high gear.  Project No. 1, the one I'm calling "Playful Raccoon," is completed.  The Kona snow is now bundled with Project No. 2 and it's on the design wall. 

Playful Raccoon quilt top. Tula Pink Fabric pieced by Marty Mason

Tula Pink Acacia Fabric


Changing: Now, that's a good thing!

 It wasn't one of my original ideas -

baby changing table repurposed by marty mason
but I loved it enough to copy.  Several weeks ago I saw a picture of a baby's changing table that had been repurposed.  I put out the word to friends and family that while I wasn't expecting a baby in the house, I indeed needed a baby's changing table!
One good friend took me at my word and found this one.  It didn't sell at her church's rummage sale so she called me to see if I wanted to take it off their hands.  After donating to the youth mission fund, I hauled it home.  The cats gave it a good once over as did the huMAN of the house and all
declared that it wasn't in the best of shape
what was I thinking?
I persevered their verbal abuse and stayed with my vision of
transforming it  into my new ironing surface!
the top roll bar was trimmed off
rolling casters were put on the four feet
 pullout drawer and shelves were made stable
 ply board cut, padded and covered and securely attached to the top
baby changing table repurposed by marty mason
The perfect addition to my sewing/crafting studio where 
quilt patterns and ideas are stored in the drawer space
 rulers - all safely stored together within easy reach when needed on the first shelf
fabric bins holding projects ready for sewing on the bottom shelf
Man O Man - times, they are a changing! 

Quilt Blocks - bright and sassy!


When Melanie offered me these quilt blocks, I just said "yes."   That was several months ago.  I knew I didn't have time at the moment, but one day I would.  There were even more but I've already made one quilt out of the others and it's been donated.  I know some beautiful child is enjoying that quilt just as one will soon enjoy this bright and sassy one. 

Am I lucky?  Or What? 
Melanie is a quilter and she loves to make quilt blocks and she usually puts them into service herself; however, she was paring down in anticipation of moving day and I just happened to be in her path. 

I love being stumbled upon ~


Louisiana Traveling Quilt Block

Just a quick post and picture to prove that I'm still around and still making quilts.  Here's the second round of the Louisiana traveling quilt.  A group of ten are making sure our traveling blocks are making their way around the state and beyond. 

Louisiana Traveling Quilt Block - by Marty Mason

Here's my second block which will eventually travel into the hands of Marie Easterling.  My block joins the one made by Mary Marcotte. 

These blocks are off my design wall and will be in the mail tomorrow morning to the next quilter in the rotation.  Enjoy. 


Tuesday Tugs No. 1

When inspiration leaves, where will I be?  Where will my future be?   Here, I sit, pondering my future when I should be getting projects completed!  Life continues to be good.  However.....

Tuesday Tugs took me to the drawing board.....marty mason
.....My inspiration has been put on hold by projects that 'must' be completed.
So, I created myself a friendly challenge
Tuesday Tugs
May not be every Tuesday
But perhaps
Tuesday will tug at me

Big and Bold and on a Field Trip

My big and bold and zig and zagged quilt took a trip to Our House in Milford retreat center last week.  And it loved the trip!

First stop was the front steps of the retreat center where it  enjoyed the huge expanse of the front porch.  Wide open steps extending a warm welcome for all to enter. 

Modern ZigZag Quilt pieced by Marty Mason quilted by Hannah Marie Lee

Oh, you brought me a flower ~

Modern ZigZag Quilt pieced by Marty Mason quilted by Hannah Marie Lee

And the rockers, comfortable for the quilt and the quilter. 

Modern ZigZag Quilt pieced by Marty Mason quilted by Hannah Marie Lee

No birds allowed in this bath.  Well, not while the photographer is working so diligently.   The surrounding farmland makes for a picture-perfect setting. 

Modern ZigZag Quilt pieced by Marty Mason quilted by Hannah Marie Lee

A little farther down the road - on the front porch of the farm house. 
 Love the cactus...man-oh-man! 

Modern ZigZag Quilt pieced by Marty Mason quilted by Hannah Marie Lee
On the fence on the farm house property.  We didn't see a "no trespassing" so just forged right on.

Modern ZigZag Quilt pieced by Marty Mason quilted by Hannah Marie Lee
Heading home now....just a quick stop at the Milford Cemetery.

Modern ZigZag Quilt pieced by Marty Mason quilted by Hannah Marie Lee

Back home now with memories of a good time. 
Hoping for another time,
another year. 


Red Dress

I've been sewing all week and finished my red dress this morning ~

Original photoshop sketching by Marty Mason
The week just past was a delight.  With friends that I see frequently and friends I met last year and friends I made just yesterday at Our House in Milford....Texas. 
home is good
this morning
sitting at my computer
wanting to draw
wanting a
red dress

A traveling quilt ~ you say!

Northeast Louisiana Modern Quilt Group.....NelaMQG, here in North Louisiana has started their first traveling quilt.  There are ten in this group, some near, some far, so we've started a Pinterest board to show our progress and to keep us all together as we travel through the months. 

Mary at Fleur de lis Quilts and Accessories  made her first block and mailed it to me and I made my block to add to hers and it is now ready to be mailed on to the next person in the Louisiana Traveling Quilt rotation. 

A disclaimer!  I do take life seriously.   Mary asked for grays and neutrals and her theme is "Squares in a Round."  Mary....this is about as neutral as my head can go and if you look very closely, you've got a square in a round. 

Louisiana Traveling Quilt.....hosted by NelaMQG

And, so it grows: 

Louisiana Traveling Quilt.....hosted by NelaMQG

and so I play:  



From clear packing tape to greeting cards ~

Pinterest has it's advantages:  I learn lots of new card tricks....as in making cards using old magazines, clear packing tape and white card stock.

Card Trick No. 1 ~  It was a nail polish ad......but it expressed exactly what I wanted to say on my greeting card.  Sadly, the cat (the black one) dropped a cat hair as I was sticking the invitation onto the cardstock.   Oh, well, such is life.  Yes, she's still in the world. 

Card Trick No. 2 ~ I found this picture of a yellow door in a magazine published locally
and fell in love with the red mailbox.   This entry was so warm and seemed to welcome everyone into its midst.   My little 2" strip of packing tape got the picture perfectly. 

More on the board:  I'll probably add a thought or perhaps an invitation to  "Come Fly With Me"  or something like that. 

Not sure what I'll do with this one.  It was just a pretty picture.  It took four strips to get the most of it transferred.

and here's another chance to make a "let's get together and paint the town" greeting card.  Advertisements make the best pictures to pull with packing tape.  I'm not even going to consider that it's copyright protected since I'll only be making one little card to mail out only one time!  Surely, they won't waste big bucks on me! 


Another Lyric to Live By: Three Dog Night...one of their best

"Mama Told Me Not To Come"

I'm not hysterical but it might seem that way at times.  It was a fun approach to scrapping together some batik fabrics.  I'm not finished yet, but from here I rambled on to my "Lyric to Live By....'Mama Told Me Not To Come' by Three Dog Night."
 Added radial blur to complete the hysterics.   Yes, I should have listened to my mother, gotten some secretarial skills to get a good job!  Or, maybe, join the Peace Corp and see the world!  Mom was so funny at times with her nonsensical advise. 

Three Dog Night.....Mama Told Me  Not To Come - lyrics to live by Marty Mason