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…

Here’s the STATS:

Happy weekend!

Love BIG

Love BIG Quilt

At the risk of appearing like a love-obsessed hippy (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

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