I've been digging too deeply into my scrap fabrics!

Playing with my fabric for extended periods of time makes me delirious!  I'm seeing dog faces in my scraps of fabric!


woof woof

woof woof

Here's hoping you are enjoying your day as much as I am mine! 


Getting Ahead.....not behind ~

I'm so far behind, I feel as if I'm walking behind myself!  If I keep going, perhaps I'll get back to even, then ahead ~  That's the plan anyway ~

pencil sketch on lined paper.....marty mason


Sew Big Block Quilts ~

Here's the fabric for my next big block quilt.....

Fabric for a Debbie Bowles designed big quilt block
Jane Sassaman fabric from her "Early Birds" collection will be the highlight of this big block quilt.

A Debbie Bowles design I found on  Nancy Zieman's blog.  Love it using a Jane Sassaman fabric for the 12" block out of her "Early Bird" collection.  I'm also using another Jane Sassaman fabric - "Delirious Dots" from her "Wild Child" collection for one of the side angle blocks.   This quilt block will finish at 18".....now, that's a big quilt block!    It will be done in a jiffy. 


Color.....my world is full of color


"Here Kitty, Kitty"

Yes, I do  have a vivid imagination!  But I think you have to agree that this improvisational curves sampler quilt is quite the cat's meow. You see them too, don't you?

Improv Curve Sampler Quilt ..".Here Kitty, Kitty" by Marty Mason

I'm been making sampler quilts for an upcoming quilt guild program....just grabbing any and all scrap fabric I can find to get me and my program together.   Improv curves along with a little slash and insert.   I'm learning with every improv curves block I make to expect the unexpected.  And this one surely turned out to be the unexpected.  When I stepped back, I saw a kitty !!  Sitting on a window ledge with his tail hanging down. 

Improv Curve Sampler Quilt ..".Here Kitty, Kitty" by Marty Mason
then another kitty ! !   With his tail in the air, ready to pounce.  "Watch out sparrow...here I come!" 
Improv Curve Sampler Quilt ..".Here Kitty, Kitty" by Marty Mason

Thus, the title of this sampler: "Here Kitty, Kitty."  Just use your imagination and enjoy the improv curve and slash and insert quilt block piecing with me.  And, don't forget to thank me for making you smile. 


Hello....It's Me!

When I mentioned to my traditional quilt maker-friends that I was sewing my scraps together to make yardage.....well, they laughed....and laughed. 

Yes, they were laughing at me!  But not to be deterred, I sewed even more scraps together than I had originally planned.  Yes, even scraps deserve to be organized.  I first sorted by color...yellow, bluish/green, and lime green and sewed like color to like color.

I then cut my new fabric into random size medium to large squares and rectangles and arranged on my design wall in what I considered a pleasing design. 

There were enough scraps to sew together to make enough yardage to make this little quilt top.  Now to find a back for it and do some major quilting to get this baby ready to take to my modern quilt guild meeting.  They may snicker too!  That's okay, I was doing what I love to do and that is use what I have on hand while enjoying the moment, taking time to be creative and making quilts.   My newest mantra - Be Scrappy, be Happy. 

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you.....40" x 60"



But I can't color inside the lines!

I don't accept commissions....because I can't do what you want me to do.  I can only do what I want to do and if you like it, then you make the purchase.  Simple as that!  Right?  Well, would someone please tell my friend Lil that I can't color inside the lines. 

Lil is the most persistent of ladies.  I thought if I ignored her long enough she would forget that she asked me to thread sketch the Panera Bread lady.  She even bought a loaf of bread so she could give me a picture of the Panera Bread advertisement for me to make her a look-alike.  Yet, I continued to put her off.....until yesterday, when she cornered me! 

This morning, I dug deep in my "I'm sure I'll get to this later" pile and found Lil's greasy bread wrapping as I mumbled to self that I don't do commissions!
I set about pencil practicing the bread lady until I was satisfied that I had her in my left and right brain to transfer to fabric.  She's not an exact rendition, but she certainly has an attitude that is making me smile out loud.
From tablet paper to fabric.....she lost something in translation and I am for certain I can't get it back!
Panera Bread lady look-alike she is not. And, I sure
Thread sketched Panera Bread Lady....an almost look alike by Marty Mason
hope somebody tells Lil that I can't color inside the lines!