Friday, March 23, 2012

Summer Jewels

I know it's not summer yet.  But, my color sense seems to skip right past spring tones to embrace the more vibrant, warm colors of summer.  Just now I'm dreaming of jewel tones immersed in creamy swaths of light.  All that bright open space sets the vibrant tones of these colors aglow.

Summer Jewels
1. Jewel Tones, 2. Ranunculas 3. Smocked Pouch 4. Anna Maria Horner 5. Georgia Gray 6. PTS7 in progress!, 7. turquoise dresser and patchwork, 8. Oh corner squares you kill me with your sweetness, 9. Cojines de Patchwork 10. floss, 11. Patchwork Pouches 12. Where the Orchards Grow 13.  H & M Chevron towels

This mosaic started as a work for a swap, but morphed into a contemplation of my identity.  When I'm given a blank slate to choose colors just for me, I want them all and I want them saturated.

I was a shy child.  I was intimidated by art in kindergarten.  I dreaded group projects in middle school.  I resisted public speaking even in college.  But, if I am honest, all of those stances were rooted in fear, not in my essential personality.  The fact is, I do have a lot to say.  I want to be noticed.  I love to share my opinions. 

The colors reveal who I am.

26 comments:

  1. Hi Rachel - that is a beautiful collection of colors. BTW - how did you create that image with all the links on the bottom? That's a very neat compilation.

    -Q

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    1. I created the image with Mosaic Maker, but then I had to do the links manually since Mosaic Maker had a hard time compiling them.

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  2. Amen to all you said. I relate! I also love lots of saturated color! I have tried quilting with soft pastels or Civil War "sombers" but I just can't enjoy it. (Although I can admire what others do with those colors!)Give me the brights! My garden is full of oranges, yellows, reds, purples.....just like my quilts.

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  3. Love your mosaic, all those colors are just fabulous!!! I have to smile just looking at it.

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  4. Now this just makes me happy! We've had our first taste of summer today and I can't believe the difference that sunshine makes :)
    Thanks for including my quilt!

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    1. Sunshine wishes to you! Your quilt is one I remembered to include just by memory. It is fixed in my mind.

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  5. I love the corner squares you kill me with your sweetness. Neat quilt.

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  6. I feel exactly the same way the brighter and more saturated the colors the more I just love them!

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  7. I love your color sense. I feel the same way. My colors ( and my season!) are summer. I was a shy child too! And I have a lot to say too! But, my best memory of kindergarten is about standing in front of a wall of easels that was placed by a very large window. I can still smell the paints! it was my favorite place to be because it allowed me to 'retreat'.

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    1. What a lovely memory! My main memory of kindergarten is a teacher telling me that I couldn't go onto first grade unless I learned to spell all of my colors. Sheesh.

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  8. Great connection Rachel, through contemplating yourself. It feels good to get to know ourselves more and more as the years progress, yes?

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    1. It does! It's wonderful to "grow up" about those things and claim who you really are. I've been doing that gradually in the past 5 or so years, and now with my quilting it seems perfectly obvious.

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  9. I think we all know you have a lot to say by now ;) These colours are just beautiful, can't wait to see what you get up to with them. Have a great weekend.

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  10. Rachel, this is such a gorgeous collection, I had to click on every link. Carrie Strine's quilt is so fabulous, it is making me hurt to look at it--like I could seriously cry over the wonder of it. I'm glad I came over today. Such great inspiration!

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  11. Obviously, a lot of us want to hear what you have to say;)! I'm with you on the saturated color thing-so invigorating but also calming when it needs to be...

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    1. Yes, it is calming. It's kind of like soaking in a bath to just be with all that color.

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  12. bright and beautiful! just like you! :) xo

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  13. Rachel, you are my compass in all this quilty stuff, no joke. As we grow (and age) I think we all become more the individual we were born to be and it always feels good, to me, to feel the "suit" fitting. I think you're there, clearly. Love the colors, but then I don't think I've ever met one I didn't :)

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  14. ....and I LOVE who you are!
    I love people and I love to share ideas. It was really tough for me when I was policing......I had to be serious!

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  15. I love all the color in your mosaic!
    & I can identify so much with your last paragraph.

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  16. yes, oh yes. i sometimes think that my quilts burst with expressions of who i am--and that's mainly when i use ALL the colors in a scrappy way. i totally agree with you.

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  17. You said that so perfectly! I too was encased in fear as a child and young person...not so much any more...but it took a while! Celebrate who you are today!

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  18. You shy?! Hard to believe...this is so well said! It's so freeing when we know WHO we are and are comfortable in our skin so that we can shine. Shine on girl!! :)

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  19. Ooh, I love this mosaic, and I love your description of yourself. I'd definitely agree that you have a lot to say!

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