Friday, February 7, 2014

gathering flowers

Gathering Flowers pattern

Finally!  Since the idea was conceived in December, this very quilt has been stewing and stewing in my brain.  Oh, the release of starting a long-awaiting project!  More on colors and fabrics to come - much more!



This pattern is Anna Maria Horner's Gathering Flowers quilt.  Seems like it's been out for awhile, but I haven't seen it around.  I know I wasn't originally interested when it debuted, but as soon as Anna shared her scrappy version I saw its potential and made a mental bookmark. 

With any luck, I'll gather a few flowers this weekend.  But for now I have a date with some fabrics for my Color Intensive Color Catalog.  Oh, and Aria and I need to organize and purge her room this weekend, which could be a rather strenuous and time-consuming event...  Anyone else have a 9-year-old that seems as independent as a teenager already?  It's truly intimidating to parent someone who can be more persistent and driven than me.  Imagine Rachel on super-kid-powers.  Oi.  But, at least I have this happy flower.  It's a start, and I will be persistent too. 

Happy weekend all!

xo,

Rachel

19 comments:

  1. I did get a bit of a chuckle out of imagining parenting children who embody the most intense aspects of ourselves. Right now, parenting for us involves lots of reading by a potty. I'm grateful for the simplicity. Beautiful flowers!

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  2. Love your flower. I cleaned and purged my 11 year old daughter's room at the beginning of January, while she was away. You wouldn't think so if you saw it now - one month later :(

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  3. Oh... now that is one sweet blossom! I love and admire pieced curves and the 3D petal is just such a cute addition. Have fun with this! Can't wait to see the progress!

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  4. What a lovely flower! Can't wait to see the rest!
    And I hear you on the pre-teen going on mid-teen! Mine just reorganized her dressers and washi-tape labeled all the drawers! I might have to bribe her to do mine! ;)

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  5. That is going to be a gorgeous quilt. I hadn't seen that pattern before. Must scoot and order it!

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  6. Gorgeous flower! I don't have kids of my own, but I teach them. My mom once said "may you have children as stubborn as you one day." Oi. So came true.

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  7. What a neat posy block! I love the colors you've selected and can't wait to see the next block you make in your scrappy version of AMH's pattern.

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  8. I'm really loving the aqua/pink colour combo lately. I've just painted my guest bedroom with a minty aqua walls, and I'm wanting to get some pink touches in there, like for curtains. One day I'll make a quilt for the bed to match too!

    Jo

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  9. It reminds me of this other class that I'm taking. We are working on Dresden plates. I love this block. I also had a very independent child. We called her "Stands With a Fist". Because that is just what she would do. She is still like that at 21. But I love her for that also.

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  10. Love the fabric you chose for the flower. Your fab flowers are going to make a beautiful quilt.

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  11. So pretty. I can not wait to see it all done.
    My five year old is super independent already and I sometimes have to stop and remind myself she is only five.

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  12. Great pattern. Pretty colors ... :) Pat

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  13. I had a kid like that (still do but he's grown) ~ he met the love of his life at 15 and 14 years later they are still silly in love!
    Love the flower block ~ can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  14. Gorgeous! I hadn't seen that pattern before.

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  15. I love your flower block! and speaking of 9-year olds . . . thank goodness I survived those years and my oldest son is going through this with 3 and 7 year olds (10 month old is very stubborn I mean determined too). I get to be the grandma who swoops in from out of town and can do no wrong. Much more fun than being the mean mommy.

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  16. I love your flower block! and speaking of 9-year olds . . . thank goodness I survived those years and my oldest son is going through this with 3 and 7 year olds (10 month old is very stubborn I mean determined too). I get to be the grandma who swoops in from out of town and can do no wrong. Much more fun than being the mean mommy.

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  17. Such a cute block! I really love your colours too :)

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  18. Haha, I think you're my third friend that has asked that about her 9 year old. Maybe it kicks in younger than we remember?
    I had a conversation with my mum recently where we were remembering a weekend away we had together when I was 10 or 12. She said, "remember how difficult it was?" And I was so surprised! My memories were all fun and lovely - getting to choose what we had for dinner, going clothes shopping. Something treasured. And all she could remember is how challenging my attitude was! Ha! So apart from being a little disappointed, it gave me hope that my kids won't remember all my internal angst and impatience as I figure out how to raise them. (Not to say you're angsty or impatient! The story just came to mind! :) )
    I love your flower btw. I remember seeing it when it first came out and it didn't jump at me. It's always so nice to see someone else's interpretation go further than my imagination could at the time.

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