Tuesday, February 9, 2016

bluebirds fly

I caught a song from my friend.  Mothers do that, of course.  They catch songs from other mothers to sing to their children, to teach them how to clean up or to lull them to sleep.  Between the songs I learned from my mother and the many more I learned during our Waldorf-inspired days I had quite a passel.  But the moment I heard my friend sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to her little guy, I caught it for Eleni.

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There's a land that I've heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true.


Bluebird by Cotton + Steel

I sang that song to her so often, so very often.  It was both hopeful and sad, daring to dream and yet acknowledging that those dreams may be too wonderful for earth.  Promising her a future in which troubles would melt away.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops,
High above the chimney tops,
That's where you'll find me.


 Bluebird by Cotton + Steel

The only part I didn't know what to make of was the part about bluebirds...

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?
If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?


It raised questions for which I had no answer.  I didn't know my little bluebird would fly away so soon.  I couldn't see just yet that it was then that it would all be worthwhile for her, and she would at last be happy.

Bluebird by Cotton + Steel

Bluebirds fly.  They will; they do.  These fabrics are from Cotton & Steel, mostly of the Bluebird collection just released. I am contemplating a monochromatic work, all blue + neutrals.  I'd elaborate with blues from my stash.  Another winding ways quilt or a new, sharp, sparkly pattern?  Contemplating still.

You can find Bluebird at these fine shops:  The Intrepid Thread, Fat Quarter Shop, Mad About Patchwork (Canada), Miss Matatabi (Japan) and Lark Cottons.

32 comments:

  1. These are awesome fabrics, looking forward to what you create with them....

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  2. I bought 10 yards of the bluebirds and a set of fat quarters. I havent yet decided how they will be used either. I rarely buy whole collections but this was a winner.

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    1. I so wanted to buy the entire collection! And even today when I pulled up the link and saw the fabrics I didn't buy I was giving them a second take. Hard to control myself! Like the idea of the birds for the whole quilt back. Apparently, I need to buy some more birds.

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  3. What a beautiful, beautiful idea. -Ruth

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  4. Your little eleni is instead stretching her beautiful soul with those blue birds. What a beautiful heart you have

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  5. That song! We chose that song amongst others for my mum's funeral - the version by Israel Kamakawiwo is glorious with his ukelele playing. That said Rachel the Bluebird collection is beautiful:))

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  6. Oh you are so dearly loved, Rachel.
    Always, always

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  7. I think you must have been a writer or a poet in another life, since you have such a beautiful way with words that bespeak the beauty of your soul. Hugs to you all.

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    1. She is a writer in this life. :)

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    2. Yes. I've been hesitating pulling up this post because I instinctively knew that I would be in tears. Rachel, I really love your artistry, not just in the quilts that you make and share, but in the sharing of your life and thoughts. Beautiful.

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  8. You are a beautiful soul. I have been thinking of you so much. This will be a loving and beautiful creation. God Bless.

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  9. How beautifully perfect that song is for Eleni. Oh Rachel, that's so amazing to think about. My collar is sopping wet now, but it's happy tears for Eleni. The bluebird quilt is a wonderful way to symbolize how much the words of the song mean to you.

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    1. Thanks, Lara. A symbolic quilt is not what I planned when I bought the fabrics, but now that's what it is. I'm glad to have a purpose before getting started on the quilt. It will make it that much more enjoyable.

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  10. Oh Rachel I got all the tingles reading this! What about the birds in the air traditional block? Xx

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  11. I've always loved that song,and I love how you just interpreted it. I also love how you called it catching a song, because they really do catch don't they.

    I think that this may be a beautiful memorial quilt to help you cherish Eleni forever.

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  12. I love this song and the best version is from IZ 'Somewhere over the rainbow/What a Wonderful World'. I'm sure what ever you make with these fabrics it'll be great!

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  13. Heartbreakingly beautiful Rachel x

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    1. I totally sat down to right a simple post about new stashings. Then, this came out. I just never know what I might share next. So personal. But, it always feels right and safe here. I am so thankful for that.

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  14. I wonder if you will believe me when I tell you that I was singing Over the Rainbow in the car, on the way to work this morning. I know. It gave me goosebumps when I opened your post. It was the lullabye that I sang to my daighter every single night. I was thinking about it because when her beloved dog was ill she played the current version for him quietly as he passed. And now my magnificent companion is ill and the song has returned.
    There is so much sorrow - more than enough to go around. What I love about your spirit is that you can take it in, and bring something back that is profoundly beautiful.

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    1. Trust your spirit to do that too, Jody. Trust.

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    2. I could not have said it any better, Jody. Love and prayers to you and those with heavy hearts on this chilly and snowy in the NE US Wednesday.

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  15. Now I will be singing this song today and thinking of you and your Eleni. So very poignant.

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  16. I sang that lullaby to my two. I also sang My Girl to my daughter. These blues are beautiful and you'll make something amazing with them.

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  17. I too will be singing the song and thinking of you. This is a lovely tribute.

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  18. Beautiful words Rachel.
    I look forward to seeing which pattern you decide.

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  19. I never know what to say. What a beautiful sad post. I bought an entire bolt of that bluebird fabric when it first became available. Every time I use it I'll think of Eleni.

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  20. Your post and the fabric line, bluebirds are both beautiful. I looked the fabric line up at Miss Matatabi. Did you know fabric prices here (in the Netherlands) are more than twice the price? A big difference isn't it?
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  21. I was listening to the radio this morning, and I heard David Bowie's song Lazarus that came out right before he died. I immediately thought of bluebirds and Eleni from your words here.

    Verse 1 - "Look up here, I'm in heaven
    I've got scars that can't be seen
    I've got drama, can't be stolen
    Everybody knows me now"

    Verse 3 - "This way or no way
    You know I'll be free
    Just like that bluebird
    Now, ain't that just like me?

    Oh, I'll be free
    Just like that bluebird
    Oh, I'll be free
    Ain't that just like me?"

    Might be a hard song to listen to, but its beautiful. xox

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