Mama Martin

quilting, gardening, sewing, motherhood….

Projects for Christmas December 27, 2011

Filed under: adoption,baby doll quilts,items for sale,Quilts — janelmartin @ 6:55 pm

The past month and a half has been filled with MANY projects.  Unfortunately, most of these projects were for clients and not for my family and friends.  The good part is that our adoption fund has more than $1,000 in it.  It’s a drop in a bucket compared to all that we will need, but it’s a wonderful start!

Here are most of the projects I made.  I also made a paw print/dog bone cape.  My favorite project was a crib size quilt that I made out of a little girl’s baby clothes.  I forgot to take any pictures of it, so hopefully the client will send me some.

A quilt for an American Girl doll bed.

a close up of the applique

a baby quilt

appliqued day of the week towels

matching dishclothes

A memory quilt I made from a dad's shirts. I made two of these quilts for her sisters. For the client and her mom I am going to make pillows.


Handmade Dolls September 6, 2011

Filed under: adoption,dolls,items for sale — janelmartin @ 10:39 am

I’ve been working on making some dolls for months now.  The 5 dolls I finished by the beginning of June went with my friend Karen to Africa.  Since then I have been working on dolls to sell to increase our adoption funds.  The problem is that I have been so busy with gardening and alterations that I haven’t found much time to really work on the dolls. But the last week or two I have been stealing an hour or two and working on dolls instead of other projects.  I have finished two dolls with many more almost finished.  Hopefully I can finish several more in the next week and a half.

The dolls are $20 each.  Let me know if you are interested in any of the dolls you see.  I can also make one that is to your specifications.


First Adoption Fundraiser- Laundry Detergent July 5, 2011

Filed under: adoption — janelmartin @ 1:41 pm

I’m so excited to be starting our adoption fundraising.  Although I’ve been working on the dolls to sell for weeks now, I still haven’t managed to finish any.  I am hoping to spend many hours working on them in the next two weeks, so I will have plenty of them to help raise funds. For now we’ll start with the laundry detergent.

melting the soap

I make the laundry detergent with a bar of soap, borax and arm & hammer super washing soap.  It is put in reused laundry detergent bottles.  The donation price is $2.50 a bottle.  If you bring me a laundry detergent bottle (for me to use with a future batch) the donation price is $2.25 a bottle.  Please leave a comment here, on fb or e-mail me at if you would like to purchase some laundry detergent.

filled bottles