Love BIG

Love BIG Quilt

At the risk of appearing like a love-obsessed hippy lady (following a recent “feelings” post), I’m sharing with you today my big heart… quilt.

Love BIG Quilt

I’m not calling this “Big Love” like might be the obvious choice. Rather, I’m turning the name into a charge: “Love BIG.” I truly believe that the good of humanity centers around doing unto others as we would want done unto us—it’s an exquisitely simple idea that transcends all backgrounds, beliefs, or religions. And who wouldn’t want to not just be liked, but adored. Admired. Considered. Truly loved BIG.

Love BIG Quilt

Philosophy aside, I love this quilt. It’s enormous (queen size is an enormous quilt for me), and the softest drapey-drape piece of giant love on earth. I love it so much, I actually kept this one for myself, and have napped happily under it several times this winter (and I’m not a napper! Just tells you how cuddly it is).

Love BIG Quilt

I credit the softness of this quilt to Hawthorne Threads’ minky fabric I used as the backing. I was hesitant to use minky because I thought it would make this quilt feel like it’s for a baby, but am glad I allowed my sewing BFF, Amy, to coax me into sticking with the minky. Might I feel like a happy little babe when I lie under it? Sure. But the minky by no means turned this into a novelty quilt (whew!).

Love BIG Quilt

Love BIG Quilt

THE RUNDOWN:

Love BIG Quilt

Love BIG Quilt backing

Love BIG Quilt

Let me know if you guys have any interest in a very simple pattern for this. I have everything in a spreadsheet I’d be happy to share for free.

Happy 2015!  It’s going to be a great year.

xo
Marta

Leather zip pouch

I finally tried my hand at sewing leather!

Leather zip pouch

Easy peasy. So how I did it was, I read a couple tips on sewing with leather, and then didn’t follow them.

Leather zip pouch

Tip #1: sew with a leather needle.
I didn’t have one so used my quilting needle and all was fine with the world.

Tip #2: don’t iron.
I “[didn’t] see the harm–the seam must be pressed!” and regretted it immediately. It scrunched in a gruesome fashion. My tip to you: follow Tip #2.

Leather zip pouch

I should add the circumstances under which my fabric turned into a disgusting jerky-like serial killer fantasy: I used a synthetic leather and had the steam turned on (protected with a piece of fabric in between my iron and the leather, but still). You might have different results sans steam but I doubt it because the leather softens under the heat, which is what causes the scrunch. I’d just use some [very carefully sewn] topstitching to flatten that seam instead.

As for the leather needle, I’d expect it to come in more handy with genuine leather (which, if you know where to buy some online at a decent price, please let me know!), but still plan on trying my regular needle first.

Simple gift wrap

In case you’re wondering, the above is how I like to wrap smaller handmade gifts for friends (this one’s for a longtime friend whose birthday was last week). I save the thick black tissue paper that comes when you order MAC makeup and usually use that, but loved this magenta from somewhere else so used it instead. Tied with a thin strip of fabric and it ends up looking super cute. No need to buy little baggies or wrapping paper.

So there you go. My first experience with sewing leather. If you have any questions, person reading this who won’t totally ignore the advice, let me know. Have a great week!

Fall table runner

Fall Table Runner

Hi! Happy MID-DECEMBER? I figured I’d better stop in and post pictures of my Thanksgiving table runner before Christmas arrives. It successfully made it through my first hosted Thanksgiving and my brother’s spilling red wine on it (hence the yummy crinkles in the day-after photos–it’s already post-wash!).

I hope you all had a fat and happy Thanksgiving. xo

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

My love travels

Summerlove Quilt

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.

Summerlove Quilt

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.

Summerlove Quilt

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.

Summerlove Quilt

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.

Summerlove Quilt

Summerlove Quilt

THE RUNDOWN:

  • Finished size: 48″ x 60″
  • 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.

Summerlove Quilt

Summerlove Quilt

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…

xoxo
Marta