My love travels

Summerlove Quilt | from Marta with Love

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 | from Marta with Love

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.

Summer love quilt top | from Marta with Love

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 | from Marta with Love

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 | from Marta with Love

Summerlove Quilt | from Marta with Love

THE RUNDOWN:

  • 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 | from Marta with Love

Summerlove Quilt | from Marta with Love

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

Neglected, not forgotten

Happy late 4th of July!  I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday.  I’m popping in to say hello and share some projects I photographed but never blogged about.  Though I neglected to share them when they were freshly done, at least they’re new to my blog!

Housewarming mini quilt for my BFF:

from Marta with Love - housewarming mini quiltfrom Marta with Love - housewarming mini quilt Girly zip pouch for my ma:

from Marta with Love - girly zip pouch

from Marta with Love - girly zip pouch Manly(ish) zip pouch for my pa (for “electronic stuff”):

from Marta with Love - manly(ish) zip pouch

from Marta with Love - manly(ish) zip pouch

Kindle cover for Hope, my colleague and friend:

from Marta with Love - kindle cover Some pretty fabric:

from Marta with Love - pretty fabric

And, finally, some well-behaved dogs frolicking in the water
(does this look like it’s about to get bad?):

from Marta with Love - water dogs

Till next time!

Chevron Arrows Quilt {A Free Pattern}

Friends, I have designed a quilt pattern for Camelot Fabrics!  It’s called Chevron Arrows and you can snag it here for free.  I haven’t had time to sew it up yet but it’s definitely next on my list–I *love* it.  And I love Camelot Fabrics–so happy and modern.

Chevron Arrows Quilt

This pattern started out as a design for the back of my pixelated heart quilt (Instagram-quality sneak peak below) and eventually turned into its own quilt when Camelot e-mailed the same day wondering if I’d like to design a pattern for them–perfect timing!  And I think the design is even better as its own quilt rather than just a backing.

So about this pixelated heart: any ideas on how to quilt it?  I’m thinking some straight-line quilting would be pretty awesome but would love some thoughts and ideas…

Pixelated Heart

Pixelated Heart WIP

Have a great week!

First Post of 2014

Hi!  I’ve been gone a while. But have some pretty projects and an “update” post brewing. Before we get to that, though, I have a plea:

The Vail Ski Challenge is an event presented by Vail Resorts during ski season here in Colorado to raise awareness and resources for Colorado charities.  The challenge (now in its 3rd year) gives an opportunity for each participating charity to win $250,000.

Please lend your vote to Children’s Hospital Colorado (Team Reidy)!  They WON last year thanks to the generosity of many who took a second to vote for them on Facebook.  Let’s do it again this year!  Every vote really really really does makes a difference.

Click on the photo below to go to the Facebook page
where you can place your vote for Children’s
!

Vail Ski Challenge 2014 - vote for Children's

Thanks and see you soon!