Deciding on a theme was not easy, so many ideas. I finally chose the theme of “Sacred Hearts” for this series. The Sacred Heart is one of the most common motifs in religious folk art created in Mexico. The idea is that the physical heart of Jesus is a symbol of his divine love for humanity. The Mexican sacred heart comes in various forms — with flames around it, with a crown, with a dagger through the center and sometimes with a crown of thorns — and all represent the same thing, Jesus’ compassion for humanity. I will also incorporate what is sacred to my heart.
I will be experimenting with different techniques and with fabric scraps from all the bits and pieces of quilts I’ve made with so much love for all my friends and family throughout the years. I will also include some of the bits and pieces that my mom has given me from weddings and other special occasions, including lace, ribbons, yarns and embellishments . I couldn’t get rid of all these scraps, I knew one day I would use them. These bits of fabrics bring back so many wonderful memories, I can’t wait to begin and share this journey with you. Let the creativity begin!
My first sacred heart quilt is made from scraps. I experimented with permanent markers as a dye and I hand dyed the background fabric and the heart, which is made from 80/20 warm and natural batting, with this technique. Also used some acrylic paints. The lettering transfer is a sacred heart prayer my mother says in Spanish. The hands are made of sparkly tulle. The pearls around the heart is part of a broken rosary from a collection I have gathered from my mother throughout the years. I made French knots with a thick, gold metallic thread. I used ribbons for the red and tri colored fabrics. I appliquéd the Our Lady of Guadalupe image and finished the quilt off with some fun yarn, thick silver thread and beads for the flame of the heart. Rays are quilted with Gutterman polyester thread.
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