Friday, February 28, 2014

bee prompt

Friends, I had an exhausting weekend.  The flu got us good.  But much worse, a pair of negative pregnancy tests combined with ongoing ambiguous pregnancy symptoms is seriously messing with me.  I'm fairly certain (in my head) that I am not pregnant, but my emotional self is roller-coasting, trying and failing to stay clear of the yucky places.  Sorry to complain, but if I'm a bit off this week, you'll know why.

Today I'm trying to keep myself distracted from all the annoying "what if... could it be?.. what next..." questions.  I'm telling myself a normal week is just what I want.  A normal week with no flu, days at home to enjoy my work and the return of joyful gratitude for the good life I already have.  So, in the interest of moving on with life, I'm back in this space today and hope you'll have me.

March is my month to lead the Love circle at do. Good Stitches in our collaborative quilt.  As I hinted in February, I'd like to take some risks this time around by leaving the prompt rather open ended...

I'm asking my bee mates to make a traditionally pieced block in the color scheme represented by this fabric pull:

scrappy happy inspiration pull

We all work from our own stash and scraps. I'd like a light, bright feel to the colors.  No purple.  Minimize orange.  Avoid grassy and limey greens.  Other than that, most anything goes!  There are lots of cool greens, cool pinks and aqua/teal blues, plus yellow (always yellow!).

Mariner's Compass block

My mariner's compass block is the first inspiration piece I made for our March quilt.  I think it'll be focal point in the quilt, but you never know.  Bee mates are invited to make traditional blocks in any size(s).  Non-square blocks or series of small blocks are particularly desired.  I'm thinking maybe a string of flying geese or some English paper pieced hexagon flowers.  I'd like to receive some 6" finished and 10" finished blocks, as well as some rectangular works.  Variety is the goal! 

building blocks for Love quilt

Today I finished these wee Penny Candies as my second inspiration piece.  I don't know how I'll use them - strung up in a row, floating in negative space in one group or scattered around the quilt like bits of jewelry.  I plan to join the blocks from our bee in an improvisational layout with lots of negative space. 

bee inspiration

Since my prompt is so vague this time, I've gathered some quilty inspiration too. 

ONE.  Jolene of Blue Elephant Stitches.  This quilt has the airy, improv feeling I have in mind.  One special block or series of blocks from each bee mate is all I need!

TWO.  Carrie Strine.  The colors in this work are more my speed. Still light, but more saturated than my other examples.  The medallion has layers of lovely traditional piecing.

THREE.  Lindsey of LR Stitched.  I love the perky personality of this piece.  It might serve as inspiration for some of my bee mates' blocks.

Ok, Love circle.  Tag!  You're it.

24 comments:

  1. Love your colors, reminds me of a spring morning by the beaches of the gulf coast of Florida....

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  2. Ya I've had a few of those "negative" days too! Hang in there!

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  3. Sorry to the frustration in your "voice" over the current state of life :( Trusting with you that God has a plan and in the end it is always the very best one!

    Love your quilt plans...this will be a fun one!

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear that it's been a hard week for you. Praying that you will have some joy and encouragement today.

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  5. Sorry to hear that you're sick. Wishing you the best for everything else. I hope you feel better soon! It's getting warmer, right?! I love those polka dots - where are they from? Everytime I see that compass it is so impressive.

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    1. Thanks to you and everyone. The polka dots are from Southern Fabric and have "suit" in the name, I think. I love them too!

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    2. I just randomly came across those polka dots on the Southern Fabric site while trying to track down something else:
      Little Black Dress 2 - Suit & Tie - Tan by BasicGrey for Moda

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  6. Praying you are surrounded by comforting love and healing sunshine this week!

    I'm looking forward to this quilt coming together, the colors you pulled are lovely. :)

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  7. I'm pulling fabrics now, and looking forward to piecing some blocks for you! I hope you're feeling completely better. Sorry to hear about the sickness and the ups and downs, Rachel!

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  8. It sounds like this is a stressful time, but I hope you have the news you've been longing for very soon. I am so excited about this quilt idea. :) I might like to do some EPP for you, and if I make flowers, would you prefer that they come pre-appliqued onto a base fabric or just as is? Thanks Rachel!

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  9. Leaving you with one of my favorite messages I too often say to myself..."be patient, God isn't finished yet".

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  10. Have they checked your HCG levels? Mine were erratic when I had an ectopic pregnancy. Not something to mess around with....

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  11. Many hugs and prayers to you, Rachel. I had negative tests with my first two babies, then a positive after a few days beyond my expected period... So you just never know. I finally wised up with my third and waited a few extra days before testing. I'm crossing my fingers that you get that double line soon! xoxo

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  12. I hope you find some resolution soon with the pregnancy bit... Your mariner's compass is so eye catching I wish I had it here to frame and put on the wall! Just absolutely lovely. Thinking of you. xo

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  13. I have been thinking about you a lot and trying to send warm and happy vibes across to you from down under :) Best wishes to you I hope your dreams come true.

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  14. That is going to be SUCH a cool quilt. I can't wait to see what your bee mates come up with.

    I was EXACTLY the same way when we were trying to get pregnant. Go easy on yourself. :) It's normal to feel a little obsessive about something so important and life changing.

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  15. ugh, so sorry about the sickness and the pregnancy misfires. when we were trying to get pregnant with solveig it took seven months of trying, and each negative pregnancy test was like a blow to the stomach (especially since we got pregnant with ingrid on the first try). sending you lots of happy baby thoughts and crossing my fingers for you for the next time!

    and, i should add, i love this month's assignment. already plotting my blocks and looking forward to carving out some time to start on them.

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  17. Rachel, Carrie Strine is a family friend and I was so excited to see you chose her medallion quilt! Carrie is an amazingly multi talented young woman. She photographed my son's wedding, knitted me a lace caplet and the list goes on! A medallion quilt is my dream quilt….one of these years!

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  18. My heart goes out to you Rachel, I sure remember that frustration, confusion and heartache of TTC and getting negative results. I read once that our bodies produce extra progesterone post-ovulation, which mimics pregnancy symptoms whether you are or not. I felt compelled to share that with you in the hope that it may give you peace of mind, your symptoms are real and not in your head!

    Having said that, I can't sign off without complimenting your mariner's compass block, it is a work of art! It's one of those things I'd love to try but lack the confidence. Simply beautiful xx

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  19. I'm sorry I missed this post. Sorry you've been feeling glum.
    I had 10 years of thinking I was pregnant and I still do have them from time to time, the mind is a mysterious thing, my resolve was buy cheap online pregnancy tests and take them before the wondering began xxx

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  20. Love the "penny candies!" So sweet!

    Big hugs to you, "what ifs" are hard...

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