Forest Friends Baby Quilt

Oh, hello, little flannel burrito.

Forest Friends Flannel Baby Quilt

I know I speak for many quilters when I say baby quilts are my absolute favorite to sew.  They are always such happy little projects with happy little fabrics.  (And we’d all be lying if we said we don’t secretly hope the quilt we make will become “THE” BLANKIE.)

Forest Friends Flannel Baby Quilt

I used Cloud 9’s Forest Friends organic flannel for this one, which is DANG soft–enough to turn me into an organic flannel believer. It’s wonderful! I can’t adequately convey the softness without coming to your house and creepily making you rub your cheek against it, so I’ll leave you with this: if I were a baby snuggle-wrapped in this quilt, I’d be very pleased and never cry.

Forest Friends Flannel Baby Quilt

This quilt is extra special because it will be auctioned in a couple weeks by Caruso Family Charities, run by the family of one of my oldest and dearest friends, at their 2015 gala. Caruso Family Charities is a 501(c)3 Organization dedicated to supporting various family and children’s charities in my home state of Colorado. All their proceeds directly benefit families who have children living with cancer.

The Carusos are a truly beautiful family with the biggest hearts in the world. Their love is powerful and contagious and inspires the people around them to be better humans.

Forest Friends Flannel Baby Quilt

If you live in Colorado and are in the market for a super soft baby quilt, snag a ticket to the gala and place your bid! I’ll be there to say hello and creepily make you rub your cheek against it.

Forest Friends Flannel Baby Quilt

In the meantime, I’ll be working on an almost identical quilt for a friend’s baby–also from the Forest Friends collection but using the “boy” colorway (if we’re to use gender stereotypes). I’ll also be finishing knitting this BEAR of a cowl (pattern here) and hoping–yes, hoping–for just one more snowstorm so I can actually wear it before next winter. Too many tears have fallen during the making of this cowl for me to just pack it up.

Herringbone Cowl

More on that “adventure” later…

Happy weekend!

Colorfully restocked Etsy shop

You’ll notice a new (or, rather, re-emerged) button in my sidebar–the one for my Etsy shop!  That’s because I’ve just restocked it with a bunch of colorful scrap bundles.  I charge $1.25/ounce (a yard of fabric weighs about 5.25 ounces, so it prices out to about $6.60/yard).  Take a look if you’re interested and have a GREAT week!

Love BIG

Love BIG Quilt

At the risk of appearing like a lovey-dovey 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 believe that good 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!