Friday, February 19, 2016

True Heart

We are hosting playgroup again this year, a weekly gathering of friends, big kids thundering through the yard and beyond to the woods, little feet pitter-pattering down the long drive to visit the goats.  I asked each mom who lingered in my sewing room (our entry room) which shape was more like a heart...

my brokenfull heart

This or that?  And of course I got all the different answers. Sometimes I just need to ask in order to be reminded that there isn't one right answer.  They both are hearts, and aren't hearts.  Hearts are ROUNDED.  Hearts don't have those sharp, chiseled corners.  They aren't so strong.  Or are they?

my brokenfull heart

I designed this quilt a week or so after Eleni died.  It is the first quilt, literally the first, I've designed since she was born, a whole year ago.  I wanted big, oversized hearts.  Colorful, bold, beautiful hearts.  The blanket ended up toddler size, quite of its own accord.

my brokenfull heart

On Wednesday I sewed in these pretty little squares and the hourglass block that turns at center.  Yes, because my perfect gray arrived!  I love this Freespirit solid called Dogwood.

my brokenfull heart

I've decided on a particular shape and look forward to finishing this little quilt top today.  It is still the season of hearts:  February.  And this quilt is called my Brokenfull Heart.

30 comments:

  1. What a wonderful, sweet remembrance of your dear wee one. She'll never be far from your thoughts, but seeing the bright, cheerful quilt will help keep Eleni in the fabric of your family.

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  2. always inspiring you are.

    can i ask about your graph paper notebook... what brand or where you got it? i need one. i have random single sheets of graph paper thrown about and always loose a couple to craft area gremlins.

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    1. My notebook is just a Mead brand notebook. It is hard to find the graph paper kind locally, so I ordered them from Staples online or from Amazon, I forget which.

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    2. Thank you! *runs to Amazon app*
      Ps. I direct messaged you on Instagram last night

      :)

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  3. So pretty, and all your little blocks look so perfectly straight - something I can not always do.

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  4. Absolutely wonderful. The hearts, the sentiment, the title, the quilt. I haven't ever commented before but want to say that your heart—broken, full, and strong—is big enough for all that life has to offer. Best wishes from here.

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    1. Thank you, Emma. And thank you for hearing my heart.

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  5. I love the quilt, especially the floating squares that separate the hearts. The hearts remind me of those tabs you paste into old photo books to hold the photos on the page. Am I dating myself? Probably! lol...... any how still a fitting theme....holding those moments close to your heart.......

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  6. I love all the quilts you design. They have meaning and life and inspiration, not just pretty pieced together. This is no exception. It's beautiful!

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  7. Such wonderful hearts, shaped by grief, but full of life, love and promises!

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  8. Oh. Such a lovely quilt, for such a tender thing. Really beautiful.

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  9. Beautiful quilt with such appropriate symbolism :) I'm happy to hear of all the feet enjoying your home - that's therapudic too.

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  10. I love it, it turned out beautiful.

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  11. Gosh this is really pretty!! I love every thing about it.
    Definitely Brokenfull. This past year and a half, was filled with so much emotion, excitement, anticipation, fear, hope but really Love is what touched all of us. We love you Rachel.

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  12. Beautiful quilt...perfect in every way.

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  13. You are an inspiration Rachel.
    I find it striking, strong, and beautiful! Have you thought about putting the pattern in your shop? I think it could be done in so many color combinations that it would sale nicely :)

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  14. My heart is broken for you, Rachel. I've been in awe of the amount of creative productivity you've been showing us since Eleni died, just amazing. Thinking of you often, loving your work. Sara

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  15. So wonderful, the things that come out during creative process. We ask for input from others, to see if they see as we do, and sometimes they do- but of course they cannot always. This is a perfect work of art.

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  16. Love it Rachel! And of course your favorite gray is called Dogwood ��

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  17. Love your heart blocks - both ways. Love how you have done them with little HST squares - broken hearts. Yes, February is heart month and I keep thinking of you and the grief you all bear.

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  18. Love this sweet heart quilt ~ such a lovely reminder of Eleni. Thinking of you and your family. Glad to hear that you are all getting on with things and that you have such wonderful friends right there with you. Makes such a big difference ~ love, elsa

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  19. Thought you'd like to see the hearts at this website:
    http://www.alidiza.com/

    I love your quilt and its reminder of Eleni. I keep you in my prayers.
    Judy

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  20. Love your heart quilt. What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful little daughter. Will u be selling this pattern? I love making heart quilts.

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    1. Thanks, Angela. I had tooled around with the idea of making it a pattern, but in the end I've decided I should focus on my energies on another quilt that I feel more strongly about as a pattern. Plus, I am trying to get moving on creating a new class =)

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  21. Our hearts can grow with the love we show to others and the love given to us. Eleni will always be a part of your heart and I hope this little quilt will remind your family of her little heart which became a part of your forever family.

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  22. I love the name - brokenfull. It's the truth when someone we love dies - broken, and yet full of their memories and our love for them.

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  23. the chiseled shape reminds me of a diamond and a heart together. a tender heart that is diamond tough. nice to see you back at design!

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  24. the chiseled shape reminds me of a diamond and a heart together. a tender heart that is diamond tough. nice to see you back at design!

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  25. I agree that the quilt and the name evoke so much about where your heart is now. Beautiful. Love that dogwood grey.

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  26. Brokenfull Heart is a wonderful expression of love Rachel. The bright colors look so good set in the Dogwood Gray background. I love those tiny little center squares.

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