Thursday, January 8, 2015

storms

Twinkle in Storm

Pictures can be so misleading, can't they?

Twinkle in Storm

Seen through the lens of a few Instagram captures, Facebook quips, blog posts, etc. someone else's day can seem so idealistic, so peachy pretty perfect (even if they are working with July colors in January...)

Twinkle in Storm

But all is not as it seems.  Look closer, spot the scribbles across that page?  This little one had a stormy morning - ugly words, grumbles, cries, complaints, impertinent remarks that leave mama taking deep breaths, carefully considering consequences and wondering how the heck she'll manage to stay calm during such tricky mornings when she's also tending a new little one.

Twinkle in Storm

When Liam showed up at this mini, in-between-times photo shoot after the storm had passed, I had to snap him in some shots because he actually looked so sweet, so calm, so "little boy".  My little boy.  And I love him.  And I'm making him this very quilt.  And the background color is Kona Storm.

Twinkle in Storm

Yesterday some Carolyn Friedlander Doe Wide fabric arrived to use with both twin quilts as quilt backs.  At 108" wide, this fabric will help make finishing speed along.  Because we have more quilts to make, friends.  Clamshell quilts!  More soon.

Twinkle in Storm

These sawtooth stars are multiplying, in between times and even on stormy days. 

28 comments:

  1. It sounds like you are doing your best to weather the storms life throws you. I think we can all too easily assume perfection in others. I do hope that the day ahead is calmer for you and your son.

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  2. But your house is so clean and the quilt is coming together nicely! My day is the opposite - my sons have had a great attitude on this first day back to school, but my house is a mess and my quilt is messing up! It's always something, right? :)

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  3. Growing up can be tough at times! Homeschooling your little ones must be a challenge at times!

    I love the picture of Liam, he looks so sweet indeed, it looks like he muses on his stormy behaviour...

    Love your star quilt !

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  4. Really good post. Many times as I review the blogs I read and look at Instagram feeds I get a bit panicky seeing all the lovely things that are being made, the perfection, the progress and then I have to remind myself I am only seeing a slice......and usually the best slice at that! When someone first referred me to your blog her description was, 'she keeps it real'. Thank you for that :-) By the way I love the quilt!

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  5. This is going to be a great quilt. Very boy.

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  6. My own parcel of Doe wideback arrived yesterday from Mad about Patchwwork. She has great customer service! I like to have the backs all of one fabric and don't like to piece. But so many times the widebacks are crummy fabric with old-fashioned prints--so I was glad to get this.
    I have also seen the wideback as a whole cloth quilt--with some fancy hand work on it and it looks very nice. Carolyn Friendlander has other widebacks as well.
    Children's moods rise and fall, often without any logic. I think it can be tough to be a child--someone else is always telling you what to do, think, and eat--when you look at it from their point.
    Everybody loses it once in a while--kids too. But he does look so sweet, doesn't he?

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  7. I love this quilt! How old will your son be when your new bundle of joy arrives? My son will be almost 6 when I have mine.

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    1. Thanks, Jenn. He'll be 8 (birthday in Feb) when baby gets here. He is SO excited!

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  8. So the Kona Storm is appropriate? :-) I have every faith in you and that you will weather all the ups and downs as they come along.

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  9. Wait!!! Does this mean you had your baby already? I thought you had a month to go....

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    1. Nope, baby is not due until end of Feb/beginning of March. Still have some time!

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  10. How are you going to manage? There's no hard and fast rule, I'm afraid. But manage you will. I have done this several times, and I'll soon be doing it again, just like you. The best advice that I have is to not let bad behavior slide. It's a challenge any ol' day, but when you have a newborn, it's a lot easier said than done, trust me! The older ones need to understand that just because mom is nursing the baby (or whatever), doesn't mean that they can misbehave. Like when mom's on the phone and distracted? (Oh please tell me it's not just my kids!) It will be difficult, but so worth it in the end!! Take one day, one moment even, at a time. You will do fine, my friend!
    And of course, his quilt is looking lovely!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. Very good advice! I can see that it is lots like being on the phone, haha. When they misbehave in those times, I'm likely to separate them until I can deal with them later. Hmm.. maybe? Hope your pregnancy is going well!

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  11. Way to go on keeping your cool mama! We have all experienced it, whether it be our own or our lovely nieces and nephews! Both the clamshells and sawtooth quilts are coming along so nicely! I can't wait to see them finished!

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  12. I always enjoy your writing style and how you tie both quilty and non quilty things together. Storms pass and sunshine warms the heart.

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  13. This is such a lovely post Rachel. We had 'storm' in our home yesterday too. Your approach is a good example of how best to deal with it. I do like that at some point we are looking back on it as something from the past.

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    1. oooh, that is true. Some of the best wisdom is "this too shall pass".

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  14. I can completely relate to stormy boys and sometimes stormy girls ;) Like most storms it passes, thank goodness!
    Your stars are beautiful.

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  15. I love how you captured that moment so well - both in words and pictures. I hope I see tomorrow's imperfect moments through this beautiful lens - we've had quite a few storms already this week...

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  16. You'll do just fine. Remember, love is multiplied, not divided! Let the baby be his. Both my mama and I always said the baby was the now second youngest sibling's. Never had any problem with jealousy. Always proud to show off his baby!
    The quilt is wonderful!
    BTW, when I had three under five and wanted to dedicate some time to sewing, I put me and the machine in the center of my reposition able (no bottom deck) play yard. They could see me and show me things but weren't underfoot.

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  17. My mother always tells me that "every battle you win now, you won't have to fight when they are teenagers." I hope she is right. She did bring up two children and all in all we didn't turn out too bad.
    I am sure all mothers have a special give me patience and strength prayer. I know I do when the girls have been acting up. Love the quilt you are making for him.

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    1. I love your mother's saying, Freddie. Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend.

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  18. Keep an even keel, and you'll weather every storm :) loving your storm stars!

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  19. Thank you for sharing the storm! You are so right about how perfect everything can seem in pictures. I always chuckle a little when taking pictures for my blog about the disastrous state of my quilt room that I've managed to keep just outside of the frame.

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  20. Oh, Rachel, I've had one of those weeks! Tim's been away, hormones have been at the cranky end of the spectrum, and I have a little 6 and a half year old who, despite needing to do his chores every.single.morning, still needs to try and 'discuss' it with me at each step. sigh.
    Thanks for the reminder that he's still a little boy. I might try lighten it up a bit tomorrow.
    And you guys will be great when Eleni comes along. It's certainly more messy and challenging. But I'm also loving the way Finlay loves us all these days. She squeals excitedly whenever Tully walks near her. She's softened us. xxx

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  21. Hang in there. They do eventually grow up!

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  22. I think that is one of the things that I love about blogs as compared to Instagram and Facebook - we are able to express ourselves more fully and not give such a false impression. Life is never perfect for anyone but I think being able to create can give us glimpses of joy in the darker times :-)

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  23. I love the stars They are all pretty!

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