One of my all-time favorite songs by Tom Petty is “Have Love, Will Travel.” I love it because I know the feeling–my love travels, too.
Recently, my love became a quilt and traveled to Poland to be with my cherished, sick aunt as she fights lung cancer. My love–with my body, this time–has also been traveling to Texas to be with my perfect superhero Godson who is beating Leukemia (click my sidebar–you won’t regret it). Quilts, like the one for Aunt Ela in a little town in Poland, or the one covering Rhett at Texas Children’s in Houston, are, as we all know, symbols of warmth and life. They are the antithesis of cancer. They envelope, comfort, and protect.
Ela’s quilt is the subject of this post, and has been in the making for, oh… two years. I started it long ago and have only ever worked on it here and there, despite my intense love for this block design and fabric line.
Recently, my parents planned their annual trip to Poland and I knew I wanted to make something they could bring with them for Ela, whose birthday they would celebrate during the trip. It struck me that this quilt would be PERFECT. The colors and the beautifully feminine, vintage feel of it are so her.
So finish it I did. Only after doing so did it become clear to me that the reason I’d never completed this project before was because it was always meant to be for Ela; it was meant to be finished at the right time–a time in Ela’s life that calls for warmth, comfort, and protection.
Pretty sure that was a God thing.
- Front: Summerlove collection by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics. White background is Kona Snow. Block design is Converging Corners (Film in the Fridge tutorial).
- Backing: Mainly yarn-dyed Essex Flax (cotton/linen blend) with strips from Summerlove.
- Batting: Warm & White.
- Binding: Daydreaming in Ocean (also from Summerlove).
- Machine pieced, free-motion quilted, and bound by me on my Juki TL2010Q.
Quilts are all about the love. And if you’re going to give any, give it all. Pour it into everything you do for the people who matter. Isn’t it funny how the more love you give, the more full of it you become yourself? It’s never depleted when poured out.
Pretty sure that’s a God thing, too…