Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Vignette Garden {a lattice quilt}


Vignette Garden {a lattice quilt}

Bright, joyous flowers and aqua over a tranquil lattice design - everything about this quilt turned out quite.... uplifting.  It's almost over-the-top happy; but then again, you can never be too happy.

Vignette Garden {a lattice quilt}

I started making this quilt for one person, but along the way I realized it's entirely perfect for another.  Laura Gunn's Vignette fabrics are just as vibrant and optimistic as this friend.   I can't wait to surprise her!  Quilts are such a wonderful way to show your gratitude.  I'm so lucky to have the chance to make them as part of my job!

Vignette Garden {a lattice quilt}

I know some wonder how I keep up with my sewing given... things.  Sometimes I wonder too and even wonder if I should be spending time here.  But, there are at least three reasons that keep me engaged.  1. It's my job and it pays some bills.  I'm so incredibly lucky to have a job that I actually enjoy and can do from home.  That's not something to drop when times are tough if at all possible.  2.  It keeps me creating.  Making time to nurture my soul with color and design seems wise.  3.  Why would I walk away from your friendship?  I want to keep giving, to keep being a part of our community.

Vignette Garden {a lattice quilt}

I do wonder how my work might mature and evolve as I learn to live with these new challenges.  I feel I've been floundering a bit when transitioning to new projects.  On the other hand, I've recognized a new loyalty to adding unexpected or broken elements to my work, like the simple aqua squares in this quilt that break up the lattice pattern.  I have always liked variations like that in other's quilts.  Now I think I'm remembering and reaching more often to add them in my own.

Vignette Garden {a lattice quilt}

Vignette Garden is free motion quilted with a lily pattern that runs in rows across the quilt.  It's bound in some Vignette scraps.  To make your own lattice-style quilt, see my tutorial.  This is a great pattern for a new quilter!  Don't be afraid to give it a go!

Happy quilting, friends.

33 comments:

  1. Your faith, your love, your work are so inspiring.

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  2. You are one hard working and inspiring person. You have one of the qualities I admire most, realism. You assess the situation and get on with life. Bless you and your family.

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    1. Thank you, Margie. That is a wonderful compliment! If there's something a parent needs in a situation like this it's realism. Hope, yes, but realism also so that one's time and energies are best directed. I'm sure I miss the mark there sometimes, but it is a goal!

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  3. Love to see the pictures of your very happy Vignette Garden quilt in front of the rusty coloured barn. I remember the Penny Sampler photo’s, which were taken there too!

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    1. Yes, they were! Our barn is a big, old treasure. Literally. =)

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  4. I love your quilt and the quilting, it's beautiful! Keep creating not just because it's job but because you love it:-)

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  5. I love the quilting, it pairs with the fabric and design so well!

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    1. And it was relatively quick, yay! I am always surprised how with free motion quilting I can quilt a throw quilt like this in a matter of hours instead of days.

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  6. I'm glad you continue to create, sew, quilt and share it all. It brings joy to my life. Thank you, Rachel.

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  7. Rachel if your job makes you happy then I'd call it more of a career, and I can see you having a long and very rewarding quilting career! Keep on keeping on! xx

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  8. Wow, this quilt is lovely. I think it's the palette that does it for me -- all that aqua juxtaposed with the orange and fuschia. So, so pretty!

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  9. Your quilt is beautiful and I am so happy that you shared it with us. You make me want to try new things and explore different color venues. Sometimes when life pulls us this and that....its nice and almost a requisite to have something that you can just throw yourself into while taking a break. And we all need to take little breaks now and then.....just to remember who we are and to replenish our soul so that we are able to give the best of ourselves to the ones who need us. Even if you decide to step away from blogging - don't step away from creating and spending time in truly something that nourishes you. Thanks again for sharing!

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  10. Very inspiring work, Rachel. You have always been a big inspiration for me, but now even more so. Creating and quilting is who you are, it's what you do, and thank goodness for that. I can't think of a better way to restore the energies that are directed tirelessly elsewhere! XO

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  11. Okay, I just typed two comments, first one POOF
    second one, again, clicked "publish" and POOFIE
    You just missed some very interesting and verbose longwinded and blahblah thoughts.
    I just love you dear Rachel.

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  12. This is your outlet and it grounds you. It's who you are. We as mothers forget "us" with all of our challenges big and small. Don't stop doing what makes you happy. You need that little corner of the universe for yourself. It makes you a better person which translates well to you as a wife and mother. When we give up everything to do for others, eventually resentment with creep in and change who you are. We love what you create and don't ever feel we aren't here to listen when you need to vent or share. Be and do who you are and those around you will be happiest ;c) Best wishes you all!

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  13. Oops...it was supposed to say Best wishes TO you all!

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  14. You are giving so much right now that I don't think you should question whether or not it's appropriate to do something you have a gift for. Right now, give yourself permission to do things that make you happy - it is a balm to your spirit and will help your family. I recommend re-examining only if it starts adding more stress to your life. Take your gifts where you find them; especially since you give so freely.

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  15. I'm glad you love it here because I sure love it here :)

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  16. The top was beautiful by itself, but - wow - what a fabulous finishing touch from your quilting! Gorgeous!

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  17. I have looked up to you and admired you since I started quilting!! I look up to you even more now I think you are amazing!! I love the dark blocks thrown in they really make the quilt pop!! God bless XO

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  18. Such a happy quilt. Vignette Garden - wow. That is a beatiful piece of work. Thank you for sharing.

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  19. Your Vignette Garden lifts my spirits! So you are bringing joy to us and keeping some for your own. I wonder how one finds work in this field? Any suggestions? I would love to retire and create and make a tiny living.

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  20. You are a great inspiration for a lot of us, before and now even more. I am sure that your time spent sewing is spent thinking about Eleni too. I love the way you are, and your openness about this situation.
    The quilt is stunning and the quilting is simply amazing.

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  21. Beautiful work, Rachel. You are truly an inspiration.

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  22. Why would you continue to sew? Because you are great at it, you inspire many, and let's face it, it keeps you sane. There have been times in my life where, without sewing, I don't know what I would have done. Thank you for continuing to sew.

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  23. Love your work. You have so much to share. It is important when things are stressful to feed your soul so that you you can fill up to once again spill out to those who need us. xoxoxo

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  24. Every lattice I've ever seen, that isn't new, has a "break" in it. I love those breaks. Thanks for keeping on keeping on. I think of you often.

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  25. I love how your lattice quilt turned out. I do love Laura Gunn fabrics but, like you, don't feel that they "play well" with my other stash fabrics. I'm so happy you found a way to use them in a quilt!

    Also, while reading your post, I was reminded of this TED Talk about the unexpected creativity that comes from embracing our limitations: http://on.ted.com/PhilHansen

    It has certainly given me much inspiration lately!

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  26. Rachel, this is just beautiful! I love it in the small unexpected details and the overall design. xx

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  27. Rachel, I honor your continuing to work and create during this time of huge acclimation. During my own trials during the last couple of years, I've had many times that I could not get myself to quilt, such was my distraction and feelings of sadness and lack of mental energy. I knew it would be good for me, to feed my soul, and I have finally gotten back into it. You inspire me by not having missed a beat, as best I can tell. You go girl---

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  28. I do believe this is my very favorite quilt of yours!
    Sewing can be so therapeutic, and I am glad you are enjoying that part of it, but I do hope you'll give yourself a break if you find you need it!
    Take care, sweet Rachel ~ Tracy

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  29. It's a lesson to learn when life gets hard it is so important to do what you can to remain healthy in body and spirit. Your work not only pays some bills but also provides therapy and some personal creative time to nurture your soul.

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  30. I think this is one of my favourites of all your projects! Love the backing :-)

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