Mama Martin

quilting, gardening, sewing, motherhood….

11 Dear Jane Blocks February 25, 2012

Filed under: Dear Jane,Quilts — janelmartin @ 8:31 am

During December and January I finally worked on some of the 4 1/2″ blocks for my Dear Jane quilt.  I finished 11 blocks and have many more started.  Now I just have to find the time to finish some more!

M-10 Simple Simon, G-9 Mary's Journey, G-10 Woven Meadow, E-13 Moth in a Web

G-2 Mohawk Trail, D-2 Mouse in a Mirror, E-8 Mama's Maze, E-12 Mary Ruth's Corset

G-4 Shutter Bug, A-3 Hunter's Moon, E-4 Buffalo Tree Hopper


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.


Personalized Quilt June 28, 2011

Filed under: items for sale,Quilts — janelmartin @ 11:38 am

My friend, Diane had this quilt at her craft stand at the Selinsgrove Farmers Market.  Another vendor saw it and wanted to use it as the sign for his business.  I used heat n bond to get the letters to stick to the fabric. Then I stitched around the letters to make sure they never will come off. I was very happy with the way it turned out.


Dear Jane Block A-4 Courtney’s Stethoscope June 21, 2011

Filed under: Dear Jane,Quilts — janelmartin @ 12:10 am

On Saturday, my friend April and I met at her house to work on our Dear Jane blocks.  We are both terribly behind where we are supposed to be.  We have been meeting once a month to work on our blocks, to try to catch up.  We have decided that we need to meet more often.  We are also going to try working on a block everyday and post on facebook what we have worked on.  So far, so good. (We’ve only been doing it for two days 🙂

I only finished one block when we were together. It is block A-4, Courtney’s Stethoscope.  It really wasn’t that hard of a block.  It took me about two hours to complete it because all of the pieces are cut out with scissors instead of using a rotary cutter.  I’m looking forward to working at least a little bit on the blocks everyday.  I may even get caught up by the end of the summer.  I’m only about 60 blocks behind where we are supposed to be.


Dear Jane Quilt May 9, 2011

Filed under: Quilts — janelmartin @ 12:05 pm

In October 2010 I joined a group of women who was meeting together to encourage each other as we all made our own Dear Jane quilt.  It seems kind of silly- a quilt support group?  But this quilt is no normal undertaking. The Dear Jane quilt is made up of 5″ square blocks and you need 225 of them.  And the beautiful scalloped border contains pieced triangles.

Yesterday my friend, April came over and we worked on our blocks together.  It was kind of a mini support group.  We decided to get together every month and work on blocks together. I finished two blocks in our 3 1/2 hours together.  After the kids went to bed I worked on three more blocks, which I finished this morning.  So here are pictures of what blocks I finished over the past few days.  Later I’ll post pictures of the blocks I’ve already finished.


Making Quilts for Dean’s Siblings April 27, 2011

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Last fall I decided to make bed size quilts for Dean’s siblings instead of baby quilts when they have a baby.  They will probably only receive one or two big quilts this way, but I think that they probably already have plenty of baby quilts/blankets.  I finished the first quilt over the weekend.  It is made from flannel and will fit a full size bed.  Dean’s parents are on their way to Missouri.  They will deliver it to Dean’s sister, Tina and her family.  They had their 8th child either on Oct 31st or Nov 1st.  I never can remember.


Things I’ve Made Over the Years March 31, 2011

Filed under: baby quilts,Quilts — janelmartin @ 6:25 pm

This house quilt was made for the Bohan family several years ago as a Christmas gift. I have since made them a matching pillow. It is hand and machine quilted.Jefferson had started making the top of this quilt many years ago. His sister Kiera had worked on assembling the top and started quilting it. Karen (their mom) asked me if I would finish the quilt for them. I added borders, machine quilted it and added binding.


I designed the borders using the leftover fabric from the top. Luckily they had plenty of extra fabric. I really like how it turned out.

Karen came up with this great label to put on the back of the quilt I was finishing for her son, Jefferson. It is made using leftover fabric from the quilt top.

a baby quilt

This is an "Around the World" baby quilt.

This is a picture of Calvin when he was 5 months old. He is sitting in the basket with the first around the world quilt I made. A baby quilt, using the same design is on the couch behind him.


my first blog March 30, 2011

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I thought that I would start a blog to keep my friends and family (and anyone else who is interested) updated on all my quilting, sewing, gardening and other projects.

I picked a butterfly fabric as the focus fabric and based all the other fabric off of those colors. At the baby shower I found out that Nancy loves butterflies!

Nancy wanted me to make her a baby doll quilt and pillow to match the baby quilt that I made for her daughter.