Monday, April 13, 2015

Bliss

Making art can restore one's sense of self and wholeness in a powerful way, don't you think?

Ice Parfait quarter cabins


It's so easy to fill one's days with all the tasks that need to be done: tending to the children, the housework, the paperwork and on and on.  Really, to overfill them!  There is life, good life, in the mundane, so I aim to enjoy those daily tasks. 

But... it's a whole different thing to set aside time to do something artistic and nurturing, just because.  Something that doesn't have to be done.  Something entirely for me.

Ice Parfait quarter cabins

On Saturday I pulled out my color-sorted strings and a few blocks I had started when first inspired by Geometric Bliss prints last December.  I'm building quarter cabin blocks with two main colors in each block and sprinkles of black/white stripes or Geometric Bliss logs here and there.

Ice Parfait quarter cabins

Loving the large scale and irregular sizes!  That long splash of coral red is something I just threw up on the design wall and then decided I might keep.  What do you think?  Do you like it?

Mmmmm... I'm having fun with this one!

51 comments:

  1. I love it! The long coral red makes the eye move from upper left to lower right so you see the whole.

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  2. Loving where this is going! So pretty!

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  3. I'm not a fan of Geometric Bliss but this makes me a believer. I really, really love it.

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  4. The long splash of coral makes this design work for me! It's beautiful and unexpected and bold but not brash.

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  5. Oh that's just lovely! What gorgeous colors, and the stripes and dots add a really appealing little pop. I really love the coral red, the whole color scheme reminds me of summer: beaches and popsicles.

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  6. I truly love it, it makes me want to leave the office, run home and start sewing!

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  7. I agree with the nurturing of self through being artistic, almost like re-setting the brain....

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  8. That is so pretty and spring-ish! I love the coral but it does make a big focal point, so I'd probably try it with something more subtle also and see if I was more in the mood for a contrast or a more relaxing palette for the quilt. Guessing I'd keep the coral though :)

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  9. Yes--keep the long splash of color. It's unexpected and makes the work different. Sometimes I think that same-size quiltworks look like pattern instead of design.

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  10. I love this - your quilting is so artistic. I am a beginning and infrequent quilter, but I love seeing what you create because I don't think I ever thought quilting could be so expressive. I am also surprised when I see pieces of fabric that I would probably pass by on their individual merit, yet the way you marry them within the collective whole is just magic. I love this, and I like the coral, too. :)

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  11. I love it as is! And yes, often I want to do something, anything that is not on my to do list which will usually involve color in some way or a book ;)

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  12. Oh I really love this. That long splash is just the perfect kick it needs. Drama and a bit of improv unpredictability.

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  13. Finding bliss in the mundane and the act of creating -- food for thought.

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  14. ooooh yes - keep the coral piece, it definitely adds a spark from which the other areas all sparkle. Love this work - what a beauty./

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  15. I love the coral bit. It adds an unexpected pop. And you're so right. It is wonderful to create something just because.

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  16. absolutely gorgeous, and yes- being creative is good for the soul!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  17. I love that coral bit and how it sticks out. I'm guessing you'll be adding more blocks, but I love the way it looks now. I say, leave all the rest as negative space and sew as it is now.

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  18. p.s. because to me it looks like a tree in bloom.

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  19. This is lovely and light! I like the long coral, but don't know if it is better than with just the pops of coral? There is no wrong choice...have fun!

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  20. That is a Big slash. It speaks, Rachel.
    I think you should work with this. Work with it and see where it takes you,
    Sometimes our eyes are waaaay ahead of our minds.
    This looks like a great adventure. Love to you dear friend.

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  21. Absolutely love the long strip of coral. It gives some large scale focus to the piece.

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  22. It's really beautiful, Rachel! I love the color combos you have going and the whole concept in general. What an awesome scrap quilt it's going to be. I'm glad you can get these moments to reset and restore yourself. :) they are well deserved!

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  23. Just love this quilt and the colors.
    How did you come up with this?
    artandsoul57@gmail.com

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  24. Right when I saw your new work I fell in love! I'm a really organized/has to balance type and it surprised me how much I enjoy looking at it. The coral strip just looks wonderful. I excited to see your finished idea.

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  25. Oh yes, keep it for sure. As is, it looks like a tree mural for a wall (at first glance, that's what I thought it was!)

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  26. oh wow. i love it. love love love it. that strip of coral is absolutely perfect, as are those dots from the geometric bliss print. did i mention i love it?

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  27. I love these colors together. It's beautiful.

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  28. ooooh, those colours! Just perfect!

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  29. I'd keep the red. This color combo is perfect!

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  30. Love the coral! I'm glad that life is returning to a new normal for you!

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  31. I love this! It is awesome! The coral strip is one of my favorite parts.

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  32. Rachel, you are so wise. It is a joy to read your posts. And the patchwork looks beautiful, as always.

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  33. It's really fantastic. Glad you're able to fit some you time in.

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  34. This quilt is just awesomely beautiful! Thr red long piece is perfect! Great job.

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  35. Keep going! That's one of the best improv quilt (starts) I think I've seen. I'm not big on improv though I have certainly veered away from traditional quilt patterns. I am also crazy in love with aqua (and turquoise) these days!

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  36. Not a huge fan of the red strip because it breaks too far from what the other blocks are doing for me. I am, on the other hand, a big fan of the textures you've pullet together with the solids. I love a good "just cause" project, they always seem to show up in the nick of time to fill a wonderful void in my creativity - I hope this does just that kind of something wonderful for you.

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  37. I do like the long stripe although I would probably make it a bit shorter and add a couple more short pieces of the same fabric to break it up a bit. the top is lovely so far and l look forward to seeing progress on it.

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  38. I think your work is beautiful!!!!! I love your mix of stripes, dots, and colors!! It works well! Still thinking of you and your sweet family.
    D, Bell, TX

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  39. Love where this is going. Glad you finding some creative time for yourself.

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  40. This is so lovely ~ all the colors and shapes are so peaceful to look at and that splash of coral red is perfect!

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  41. I just love it and am looking forward to see it finished - or at least, one step further! ;-) Best wishes from France, Florence

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  42. I love it! You, my dear, are an inspiration!-Jean

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  43. I love the blocks around the coral red strip.I spent some time going back and forth looking at it .I found the red strip was the focus, the first thing you see and a distraction to the other beautiful work in the quilt.A smaller piece would balance the quilt out a little better and still give it a wow factor.

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