Monday, April 27, 2015

Ice Parfait on the farm

 Ice Parfait quilt top

What a beautiful weekend to be home.  We had a very rainy Saturday followed by a sparkling, sunshiny Sunday.  That's the perfect combo for sewing, housekeeping and photographing those finishes.

Ta da - my Ice Parfait quilt top!

Ice Parfait quilt top

Ice Parfait quilt top

As you can see, I kept the long coral slash of color.  I kept it for several reasons.  It's unexpected, which felt good.  Also it vaguely reflects how I feel about life these days.  When the unexpected makes a big, unforgettable appearance in your life, that dramatic slash doesn't have to "ruin" things.  It can, perhaps become part of your beautiful story?  Perhaps.  I am working to see that.

Also, you commented that the blocks on my design wall resemble a spring tree in bloom.  Don't you see it?  Yes, it does!  I had already been considering keeping all that negative space, and that comment sealed the deal.  I added Kona white, Kona oyster and Kona ice frappe (the pale mint) to fill out the quilt.

Ice Parfait quilt top

This is one of my favorite spots.  Loving the way these squares converge!

  on the farm

The blackberry bushes are blooming and the grasses are growing high.  All this green and growing is so delicious at this time of year!

on the farm

Just the right weather for spinning on swings and...

new baby goats!

welcoming goat babies!  Between our two goats, we had one little doe and 3 bucklings!  And they are so, so very sweet!

on the farm

And so is this boy!  Precious.

Ice Parfait quilt top

Here's wishing everyone a warm, glowing week!

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilt top! I can see an abstract tree in all the colors. Love the pops of mint in the negative space, I feel like they really pull it all together. :)

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  2. Oh my! Baby goats!! Love those colors on the quilt.

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  3. Love that quilt top! It has such subtlety and warmth!

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  4. Your quilt top is beautiful. You do such a great job on improv and you are so brave about it!! I can practically feel that soft, warm, baby goat. They are so adorable. I hope they are as sweet as they look. :-)

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  5. wow, it is beautiful. Not colors I think I would pick but they are great!!! The babies are precious too, lol.

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  6. I love it. This quilt top turned out beautiful.
    Liam is a sweet little guy. I love the goat babies.
    Life is change, Always change. Just follow God's path for you.
    All of you remain in my prayers

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  7. I'm glad you left it! The mint works so well with all the warm tones. I do love it! I'm curious about quilting something of this style, have you decided on a pattern?

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    1. I'm thinking it needs straight lines, but not a regular straight line grid or stripe. Maybe something that turns?

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  8. love boy with goat photo.......... huggy

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  9. It's lovely the way the color blends through it. Can't wait to see it quilted.,

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  10. I'm so glad you kept it the way it was. I absolutely LOVE it!

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  11. Really like how this is coming along and can't wait to see it quilted. The negative space gives you lots of opportunity to fill with gorgeous quilting!

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  12. I spent the weekend with a friend whose close friend has a daughter who suffered oxygen deprivation during birth. 5 years and quite a lot of worry later, she is beautiful and healthy and cognitively normal. She has a moderate speech impediment (in production, not comprehension), but with speech therapy is making huge progress and doing well now that she has started school. I'm sure that every case is different, but hearing her story filled me with hope for you and your family. This unexpected slash of color in your life has many, many ways to work out well for you all. I am constantly inspired by your hope and resilience. It is not misplaced.

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  13. ooooooohhhhhh! You are overwhelming me! The beauty in that quilt top - such wonderful colours. And those baby goats! Eeeeeeeep!

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  14. It is a beautiful quilt. Improvised, unexpected, with lovely, unusual colours and yes to that big slash of red.

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  15. Love the quilt. Love the colours. Love the goats. Love the setting/backdrop!

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  16. Your quilt is gorgeous! You have such a good eye for color. And the baby goats and Liam are adorable!

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  17. Lovely quilt top! I really like how you used of the striped prints with solids in an improv log cabin-like pattern creating movement without it getting too busy. Happy spring!

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    1. Thanks, Agnes! My concept was to focus on stripes and solids. I ended up using more solids that I had planned, but it worked out =) Good to challenge myself not to use just any prints.

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  18. One of the best orchastrated improv quilt top I've seen! It's wonderful!
    ...and those goats...are so so cute!!!

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  19. Love the colours you have used especially the soft mint with the warmer coral colours

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  20. I really love this quilt. I perceive it as a sort of controlled chaos. I definitely see the tree, and I view nature and life as a sort of controlled chaos. This quilt is beautiful. And those goats are too cute, especially when being hugged by cute kids! 😊

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  21. Great quilt top. I do see the tree. Can't wait to see how you quilt it.

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  22. I am totally loving your quilt top - excellent colors and layout - wow - I just have to keep coming back and looking and looking at this! I do see the tree, too - it's there without smacking you in the face. Improv piecing takes a fair amount of time, and I so enjoy seeing your process. I am now inspired to make a version of improv for my niece's "movie quilt" that will be her wedding present! Thank you so much, Rachel.

    With admiration,
    Liz

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