Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Feeling Blue

Sewing time has been replaced by time at the hospital with my mom. She had a few setbacks, but now she's heading in the right direction. The only real sewing I've done is trying to keep up on a few commission pieces that are coming due. Today, I was snowed in so I set the timer for 2 hours and picked some of my very favorite fabrics and sewed for myself.
I love cutting and sewing with freedom and abandon. I finished 10 blocks of 'Feeling Blue' in my two hours. It has a quiet, soothing, blue feeling.
Nova emailed me last week to let me know that she had finished her 'deer' quilt. She contacted me awhile ago and asked if it would be ok if she made a quilt inspired by the quilt made by me and my common threads buddies, Jon's graduation quilt. Of course I said yes. The reason I wanted to post about Nova's quilt is because it is a wonderful example of how someone can be inspired by a quilt and still not make a copy. You can definitely see the connection between the two quilts, but Nova has done special things to make the quilt her own. On top of that she acknowledged her inspiration. I was so proud to see her gorgeous work and so happy to know that the recipient loved the quilt. It's people like Nova (and there have been others too) who make me happy to share my work. Nova, you made my day in more ways than one. Thank you.

50 comments:

Diane said...

I hope your mom is healing quickly and back to feeling well soon. I too may have some "snowed in time" to sew tomorrow. We are expecting 12 inches by morning here in WI. I would miss work, but think of an entire day of unexpected sewing time! Love the new "blue" quilt.

Allie said...

Best wishes to your Mom, hope she is doing better.
Both quilts are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

Vicki said...

Hope your mom continues to improve. Your Feeling Blue quilt is looking wonderful!

CitricSugar said...

My thoughts and prayers for your mum.

Feeling Blue is going to be gorgeous!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Thinking of you and your mom. Rough times.

Thank-you for sharing Nova's quilt and your comments. That indeed is a perfect example of inspired by.

carol said...

Blessings to you and your mom. I hope things work out well. I love your "Feeling Blue" quilt beginning. I wish I had thought of it. LOL (And I'm with Diane...I live in WI too and am expecting the 12 inches of snow.) UGH!!

Stephanie said...

Inspiration to create something with our own touches is what makes a quilt unique. Very admirable that Nova gave credit where it's due. Feeling Blue is restful. Wishing you mom all the best.

Greta said...

Jacquie,

I hope your mom is feeling better. We made three trips to the ER this past week ourselves so I know it can be very draining for you as well. So glad you were able to take a little time and do something you enjoy.

Also really glad you posted this. I have gone back to Jon's quilt time and time again because I love the look of that that quilt. My husband is after me to make a quilt for him and I really love the calmness of Jon's quilt. I'm new to quilting so I haven't worked up the courage to tackle something like this yet but hope to soon. I am glad people like you share your work so beginners like me can draw inspiration from them.

Crystal Hendrix said...

I am glad your mother is getting better! It is nice to just be sewing for yourself! It looks nice!

em's scrapbag said...

You are a very inspirational person. I love what I learn here.
So sorry to hear about your mom. Glad to hear she is doing better. How are you doing?

calicodaisy said...

Jacquie: I'm sorry your mom has been ill. Glad you were able to be with her and that she is on the upswing now. Those quilt blues are the good kind of blues to have!

henny said...

Hope you mom will get better soon, Jacquie.
Glad you still have a
creative' outlet to express your feeling. Take care :)

Michaela said...

Bless your heart! I hope she's better soon.

Jackie said...

Glad to hear that your Mom is doing better. I hope she continues her upward track. Nice to have time to yourself too for some sewing. You really did make tons of progress.

Nancy said...

I too am wishing your Mom a speedy recovery. Your quilt is gorgeou, I love blue and brown together.

Alissa said...

Happy to hear that your mom is on the mend. I love love love the quilt you're working on. So wonderful.

One Flew Over said...

Hope you Mum is on the mend Jacquie.

I loved Jon's graduation quilt and actually went on a swapping frenzy JUST to acquire some of that gorgeous deer print. Nova's quilt is gorgeous and such a fantastic interpretation of Jon's.

MightyMom said...

hope mom's better.

I have to laugh at you setting a timer to sew.....

belinda said...

So glad to hear your mom is doing
better and I'm sooo happy you could sneak some quiet 'bluesy'
quilting time for yourself...it helps put things right again!!
I loved Nova's quilt and I think very highly of her naming you as
her inspiration...such integrity
that is sometimes so lacking in others!!

2ndAvenueStudio-Rachel said...

Good to hear your mom is on the mend.
Do you really set a timer? Interesting idea.

Im loving that paula prass lately.. it has such a nice hand too.
the blocks are great and its so interesting how restrained your colors are lately. I think it maybe something I need to work on, limiting my palette. Reading your blog can be so inspiring and also a great way for me critique my work by looking at what your doing. Did that make any sense? Somehow I can see my own stuff better. Like your blog improves my eye. idk..
Novas quilt was quilt was great- thanks for sharing that.
:)

Shari said...

Best wishes to your mom - hopefully she'll be "right as rain" in no time! What an odd old expression...

Nova's quilt certainly has your look to it - what a wonderful homage to your inspirations to all of us...

Hope you are doing ok Jacquie - thinking of you...

Hugs - Shari

True Blue Nana said...

Last December when my mother was in the hospital I would go to see her and come home and escape to my sewing room, turn the music up and zone out. It was such a stress reliever. I hope your mother will do well and get better. It is very difficult dealing with issues with older parents.

Penny said...

I'm glad you got a little quilting therapy and hope your mom feels better, soon. Take care of yourself.

Lynn said...

You have generously shared tutorials and so much of your work with us. It is wonderful to see Nova's graciousness in acknowledging her inspiration. A lesson for all bloggers/quilters.

Ashley said...

My best to your mom.
I love what you've started here - those colors are wonderful - very calm and soothing. It's going to be a beauty, that's for sure!
Thanks also for sharing Nova's quilt - I so appreciate seeing people who are willing to give credit where credit is due!

Darcie said...

I'll be keeping you and your Mom in my thoughts and prayers, Jacquie.

I'm glad that you found a little speck of time for yourself. Fiber therapy. ;-) Love the fabrics!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

Sorry about your mom's health but I'm glad you got a bit of time to relax and sew for fun.

Jenny said...

Sorry about your mothers set backs. Wishing the best for you and your mother.

I just wanted to Thank you for inspiring me finish my first UFO. I had started it 7 years ago. Now I will be enjoying it this Christmas. Oh, it is a tree skirt that is cross stitched.

Love how you took 2 hours for your self.

Anina said...

I hope your mom get through this quickly.
It's good to take some time for yourself though.

jaybird said...

feeling blue is looking good.. i hope everything settles down for you soon!

Victoria said...

I like Nova's interpretation and I also admire the recognition that you give to one another... two class acts.

Hope your mom feels better very soon. xo

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I wish your Mom a speedy return! and I also love that fabric!

RosaMarĂ­a said...

My best wishes to your mom, hope she is doing better every day. Your blocks are so great! I like Nova's work! you are a great fontain of inspiration!

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Meg said...

Jacquie, I hope your mom mends quickly and fully. Your current WiP is lovely, so serene. I'm amazed at what you managed in 2 hours! And Nova's quilt is a beautiful homage to the original--thanks to you and to her for sharing!

Shannon said...

Glad to hear your mom is on the mend and that you were able to find some sewing time for just yourself. It is looking lovely.

Thimbleanna said...

Sorry to hear about your mom. I hope she's feeling better. I love the fabrics you've chosen for your quilt -- it's going to be beautiful!

Mariela said...

I whish your mom be better very soon. Sorry my english is too bad. I love your blog and your work.

acardaday said...

Hey Jacquie,
wow, thank you for sharing my quilt through your blog. I never had so many visitors to my little blog! lol! and your readers have left some really lovely comments.
Your Feeling Blue quilt is gorgeous, I love it.
I hope your mum is doing ok.
Nova
x

Sweet Baby Jamie said...

I'm so sorry your mom had setbacks, but glad to hear she is on the mend :) Your blues are just fabulous! I took a look at Jon's quilt, I love it!!! Maybe when my boys get closer to graduating, I'll have to make them one!!

Rebekah said...

so sorry to hear that your mom isn't doing so well!

It looks like your time away in your sewing room was a great way to unwind and treat yourself to some creative time. I love how this new top is coming along.

Thanks for sharing Nova's quilt! It's gorgeous

Dorrie said...

Jacquie, hope your mom heals quickly from here on out. Your fabrics are fun and the quilt is coming along beautifully~hopefully your boys will be home soon to liven things up a bit. . .take care my friend.

sewkatiedid said...

I find that's one of the best things with Improv quilting, you pretty much can't copy anyone's ideas even if you tried.

Marie' said...

I love where this quilt is going.

sewtakeahike said...

((hugs)) to you and your mom Jacquie! I'm glad she's moving in the right direction now.
Loving your feeling blue quilt so far, you have to be one of the fastest sewers! It would have taken me a full day to get that far on a project :)

Allison said...

I love the colors that you used in your quilt! I hope your mom is feeling better.

Team NE said...

Hope your mother is feeling better...I am excited to see this quilt pieced together and how you decide to quilt it! I have a quilt ready to be quilted and I am stumped...it really takes some thinking! ;)

amandajean said...

good for you for taking time to sew for yourself. the deer quilt you linked to is gorgeous!

i hope your mom continues to improve daily.

Julie said...

I'm glady ou can be there with your mom while she is in the hospital.

prashant said...

Hope your mom continues to improve. Your Feeling Blue quilt is looking wonderful!

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