Monday, February 1, 2016

Katie's Playground quilt

a finished quilt.... 

Katie's Playground quilt

Katie's Playground quilt

Tells a story.  This one brings back memories of cutting those pieces on Eleni's last ABM trip, of how optimistic I felt, how everything was maybe, finally swinging into place.  The way she picked up her legs with a spring that made me catch my breath.   So delightful.

The colors are bright and playful.  They fit perfectly with this jaunty pattern and contrast nicely with our broken down barn and its thorny wall.

Katie's Playground quilt

Needs a home.  I didn't know when I started this quilt whom she would belong to.  I just wanted to make something with Schmidt's re-released Katie Jump Rope collection, and chose to work in other Schmidt scraps to make it more special.

Now I know she belongs to a woman, a Kate, who helped Eleni have a little more peace on her last day with us.  And I only just realized as I sat down to write this post that the name connection was there all along.

Katie's Playground quilt

Isn't perfect.  I'm pretty sure no quilt is.  The imperfections inherent in the Chic Country quilt pattern actually grew on me.  The shifty points make the quilt feel more... vintage?  usable?  friendly?  At the moment, I wouldn't make the winding ways style any other way.

I am being gentle with myself these days. 

Katie's Playground quilt

Katie's Playground quilt

Katie's Playground quilt is backed with stash fabrics, two by Denyse Schmidt and one Cottage print from Anna Maria Horner's newest line.  I quilted with simple, childlike loops and bound mostly in wasabi yellow.

A finished quilt always makes me feel wonderfully accomplished and ready for something new.

Here's to finishing well!

47 comments:

  1. Hi, Rachel. I have never commented on your blog, but I have followed along, reading about your quilting, homeschooling, and your beautiful baby. My children and I have been praying for your family. I am in such awe of how well your character and personality shine through your blog. Some blogs I read and get a "fake" feeling. Yours seems so truly authentic. Humble, hopeful, and beautifully strong. This quilt is gorgeous, and the way you chose to gift it is wonderful. Thank you for being an inspiration, both as a quilter, and a human being. -Ruth

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  2. It really is a great quilt, so cheerful and bright. I love that moment when a quilt tells me who it belongs to. Sometimes, I start knowing, but when I don't that a-ha is great. Continue to be gentle with yourself, it's a time for that.

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  3. Dear Rachel, what a lovely quilt, so made in memories of your daughter. How wonderful that you found its owner and the connection. Crafting is so much about connection.
    "Be gentle with myself" - that is also the motto of my days right now.
    Take care and thanks for your blog.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment,Tally. So true what you said - crafting is about connection. Connection with ourselves, our future selves, our past, our heritage, our communities, the world we gift them to and share them with.

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  4. The lady will love it!

    Yes, do be very gentle with yourself! You need to! xxx

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  5. What a lovely beginning and finish for this quilt , thanks for sharing

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  6. Wonderful post.... Thank you again for allowing vulnerability, in a world that doesn't always make being vulnerable easy. So glad you are being gentle with yourself...

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    1. I have found that sharing who I really am and what is really happening is my path towards healing and growth. When I am known to others I am helped to accept where I am and even to see where I am going. So I always thank you all for listening...

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  7. It is a beautiful quilt and a beautiful tribute to both the receiver and Eleni.

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  8. Gorgeous, Rachel! Such a pretty quilt, lovely (albeit tough) memories, and the recipient will feel so blessed. Hugs.

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  9. She turned out beautiful, like they always do. :) How fitting that her new owner shares a name! If that isn't meant to be, I don't know what is. :)

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  10. Rachel this is a beautiful quilt and I have no doubt it will be treasured by Kate. Sweet memories of your little Eleni will always be a part of who you are.

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  11. Beautiful! I love the vintage feel.

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  12. Beautiful! I love the vintage feel.

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  13. How perfect to give this to Kate. She will love it.

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  14. What a beautiful memory you are giving to Kate!! Imperfect, like all of us, but filled with love (like we should be).

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  15. This is lovely, Rachel. Yes, be very gentle with yourself; you've more than earned it.

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    1. Thanks, Pat. I have a feeling many of us have earned it. Maybe a motto for this year?

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  16. It is a beautiful, perfect Quilt, Rachel.
    It is amazing how you are able to turn your grief into creativity.
    I was traveling, so I wasn't able so far to tell you how sad I am over Eleni's passing.
    My heart goes out to you and your family, it feels so wrong that you all have to live on without Eleni in your middle.
    And I think about how much Eleni had to suffer, and to fight during her short life, and I am so happy for her that she can be in peace and ease now.
    She will live on, not only in your memory, but in mine too.

    Kate will love the quilt.

    Lots of love, Rachel, to you and your family.

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  17. I am so so happy that you have chosen to give this beautiful quilt to Kate. This one is a treasure, sewn together with love.
    big squeezy hugs♥️

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  18. This is beautiful! I really love how the bright colors came together with the white. The double pattern is still legible, but softened a bit, which is quite nice. The slightly mismatched points are pretty much the norm with this design. Jenny even said at our workshop over and over that with making this quilt you have to let go of perfection. That's hard when we practice our scant 1/4" seams to be absolutely accurate. And practicing is probably a good thing for show quilts, but I'm not sure relaxing a little on accuracy makes a quilt any less stunning or wonderful to enjoy. I'm sure Kate will love this and it will remind her fondly of your family and your beautiful little girl.

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    1. One thing improv shows me is that relaxed accuracy can be among the most beautiful elements of a quilt. It's that human quality that speaks to reality, beauty in spite of..., and personality. I'm finding myself drawn towards that lately.

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  19. Your quilt for Kate is beautiful and it is the scrappy "humbleness" that makes it look so cozy and perfect. I am glad you had someone like Kate for Eleni. Keep being gentle with yourself Rachel!

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  20. Lucky Kate - it's a beautiful, soft thank you to her. Nothing wrong with being gentle to yourself and taking time out - there are no rules Rachel:))

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  21. Its such a perfect quilt Rachel! If you'd put it up for sale I would have been hard pushed to resist, so I love that its going to such a special home. I don't like buying patterns (cause I enjoy quilty maths!!) but this has sorely tempted me xx

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  22. H Rachel! I'm so happy to see this quilt finished! It is so so beautiful and perfect! Inspired by you I'm making winding ways and I know that many others do that now, too. Next time I try your way with 4 pieces instead of 3. This quilt will be loved. x Teje

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  23. Beautiful in every way! Kate will love your KJR quilt.

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  24. I love the story about this quilt! I'm sure Kate will love and treasure it and it will always remind her of Eleni.

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  25. Rachel, this is a beautiful finish, a beautiful gift. It's looks wonderfully comfortable and friendly, both in colour and texture and curvy lines. Lovely!

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  26. What a beautiful quilt Rachel. I am a new quilter and I appreciate your comments about 'imperfections'! I feel I've got a long way to go before I introduce curves into my quilts. Kate will love it especially with thoughts of beautiful Eleni being a part of it's creation.

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  27. I'm a great believer of things happening for a reason.....this is the perfect example!
    Btw I the 60 stars on my lapassacaglia are wasabi yellow....they'll hold a special meaning from now on xxxxx
    (always 5 kisses, for each of your family members)

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  28. This is such a beautiful quilt and one of my favorites of those that you have posted here.

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  29. This is a great great combination of pattern and fabric! Happy for you in all your somethings new :)

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  30. Love this quilt, it really sings to me. Thank you for continuing to inspire.

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  31. This is perfect in every way that really counts.

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  32. It's beautiful, she will love it!
    Yes, be gentle and takes things as slow and easy as you need - day by day.

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  33. An absolutely beautiful quilt finish!!!

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  34. Dear Rachel, this quilt is wonderful! I love each piece and colors, prints... the result is really wonderful. Perfect! Thank you for sharing your feelings with us. Jolana

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  35. This quilt is lovely and definitely has a vintage vibe!

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  36. Beautiful and beautiful memories to go with it.

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  37. I love the quilt and I am sure that Kate will too. I think it is important to be gentle with ourselves. Perfection is overrated. When I complain of my mistakes or imperfections, my son reminds me that my item is handmade. He appreciates that more than I do sometimes.

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  38. It's so beautiful! How nice that you will be a blessing to someone who was a blessing to you and your sweet baby.

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  39. It is such a lovely quilt! The imperfections (that only the maker can see) confirm that it was made by hand with love. Yes, it is important to be gentle with yourself these days.

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  40. Thank you for sharing photos of the beautiful quilt. My dad passed away on 29 January at the age of 84. I got home yesterday after the funeral and today I decided to sit down and start quilting and it made me feel so much better! For me, quilting truly is therapy. Maybe Eleni and my dad will see each other in heaven and recognize one another as relatives of quilters.

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  41. What a beautiful quilt and an amazing gift for someone who helped you and your baby in such a time of distress and need. I'm sure Kate will be honoured by such a thoughtful and loving gift. I hope you are feeling some peace and that you are finding each day a little easier after such a huge loss.

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