Thursday, January 10, 2013

Bloom

Today is my day to reveal my project for the In Your Words blog hop. Here's my quilt, Bloom.

  Bloom where you are planted

About the Quilt

This little quilt (17 x 23 inches) was made as a side project to Julie's Cotton Robin last year.  When I made a center block and package of fabrics for the round robin, I made a second package that I kept for myself, to see how the two twins, separated at birth, would turn out.  Here are the two quilts, side by side. 

The Twins

The words on my quilt are an improvisational pieced "Bloom" and a printed, then quilted, "where you are planted." I also included a .com print, as a nod to my vocation as a techie and the great quilting community in the blogosphere.  The quilt contains traditional and improvisational piecing, needle-turnd hand appliqué, free-motion-quilting and embroidery to highlight some of the quilting lines.   Here is a photo of the back (to show the quilting) and a couple of detail photos of the quilt.  Click for larger images.

Back of Bloom - Quilting Detail Detail from Bloom

Detail from Bloom



My Words and the In Your Words Blog Hop

As I have moved through life and moved across country more than a few times,  the idea of,  "Bloom where you are planted, " has been a constant throughout my adult life. I haven't lived in Santa Fe very long and this little quilt is a reminder that I know how to Bloom ... all I need to do is make an effort. 


If you have been following along, then you've probably already seen Amy's quilt with the same phrase.  If not, check it out, along with the reveals of these quilters today: 



Thank you to Linda at Buzzing and Bumbling and Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt for hosting this event.

A Little Thank You

Thank you for visiting my blog.  If you found me via the blog hop and it's your first visit, be sure to click over to the Freebies page for links to free Quilt block patterns, projects and tutorials.  For the blog hop,  I've uploaded the pattern templates for the small 6-inch  Lemoyne star block variation called Little Daisy that I used in my Bloom quilt. You can find it on the freebies tab or at this link.

A Giveaway for Two

I had so much fun making my separated-at-birth twin quilt that I made two Little Daisy starter blocks and a package of fabrics–a mix of the original Michael Miller fabrics from my round robin and some 6" squares from my stash.  I'll randomly choose two winners from the comments at the end of the In Your Words blog hop in a week, on Thursday, January 17. 

Packages


The Parties Continue


I'm also joining the linky parties today for TGIFF, Finish It Up Friday, Can I get a Whoop Whoop? and FMQ Friday Link Up.

134 comments:

Denise :) said...

Love your choice of words -- and the colors/prints you used are perfect, too! :)

Judy B said...

Another beautiful Bloom quilt! Fantastic quilting. Thank you for sharing and the great giveaway. I follow via GFC. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

Amy said...

I absolutely love this! Thanks for the shout out! The colors, the modern design, and the quilting is divine. How did you write the "where you are planted" on the side of the quilt? Is it appliquéd?

Helen Wahl said...

Very Inspiring I absolutely LOVE the colors. Thanks so much for posting!

Debra Lee said...

Lovely little quilt! Love the blues and greens together!

nähtina said...

I really like the colors you choose.
Very pretty, very fresh.
reminds me of spring.

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

Great words. Lovely fabrics. AMAZING quilting. Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing your talent and the giveaway!

Béa said...

Very beautiful Sophie, I wish you a Happy New Year. Lot of kisses from France.

katelnorth said...

This is a lovely piece, Sophie - and fun to see it side by side the Robin twin. I've always been impressed at how optimistic you are about moving off into the unknown; with this as your motto, I can see why it works! Happy New Year!

Sunshine Girl said...

Great quilt - I love that quote. Thanks for sharing.

Nati said...

Very cute project, thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

Theresa said...

This is stunning, I love the colours and design and your quilting is wonderful.

Lavonna ZWB said...

Thank you so much for sharing with us!

Karen said...

Great quilt with beautiful colours, I love that isn't symmetrical , I need to push myself to try this!

Jessica said...

That is lovely, your quilting is beautiful!

charlotte said...

Sew pretty...and I love the colors too.

Chiska said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love the blues. So pretty.

Britt-Inger said...

I love your words and the quilt is awesome. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Gill said...

Wow! This is stunning! I love it
Thank you for sharing!

Fiesta said...

Love your words.

Cindy Staub said...

Your quilting is fabulous! Love your words... very nicely done. Thank you for sharing and hosting a giveaway!

Happy quilting!
cindy at quiltdoodledesigns dot com

Jeanie said...

Beautiful interpretation of Bloom! I love your layout and quilting designs. Thanks so much!

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Wow! This is such a beautiful project with so many techniques! Your quilting is amazing, and I love how it shows on the dark background.

Having moved around a lot as a kid, these words have always been special to me. It has been nice to see how many of my fellow quilters love them also.

Madame Samm said...

Totally BLOOMiing you are....seemed the most popular word in this hop...Yours rises to the top...lovely indeed.

Patty D from NC said...

Love this project and your FMQ is awesome! thanks for sharing.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I love seeing these two minis side by side and how they came to be. Wonderful words and just love the quilting! What a sweet project and how awesome of you to share a package for someone to make their own.

Sowing Stitches said...

......may you bloom and grow....
Bloom and grow forever...... You remember the song from the Sound of Music? :) No matter where we are 'planted' for the moment there is opportunity to BLOOM! Love your color choices!:) sowingstitches[at]gmail[dot]com

JCnNC said...

Bloom is so appropriately used on so many levels - this is a wonderful interpretation of your very inspirational project. Thank you for letting us see it. Judy C

Cathy said...

Perfect! Your words are done so well and I like your color choices.

Kate said...

One can never hear or say those words too often. Love the pizazz of your mini quilt!

StitchinByTheLake said...

What absolutely beautiful work...I love the colors and I love the words. Really lovely. blessings, marlene

Thearica said...

I should think we might see you in top 2 today! I gotta go look!

Awesome little quilt!

Karma Willow Designs said...

great projects but I especially love your quilting on the bloom project. this quilte inspires me.

Martha said...

I love them...thank you for sharing them with us. Have a great day.

giddy99 said...

LOVE the fabrics and colors! Thanks for pointing me to the tutorials, too (I'm a new follower).

gpc said...

How beautiful - love the word, LOVE the colors! :)

Dee said...

OMG - your quilting is amazing. Can't wait to do a little more investigating of your blog!

Barb said...

It looks like your warming up FMQ on the two-block topper proved to be a brilliant idea - love the extensive quilting on your Bloom quilt, as well as the design and meaning. I'm glad you shared with us.

Barb said...

Oh - forgot to say I just signed up to follow your blog.

Just Quilt It said...

Lovely project!

Vivian said...

Gorgeous star on your two quilts. And a lovely choice of fabric. Thanks.

Brenda said...

that's a fun little quilt. I like how you incorporated pieced and quilted words. thanks also for showing us the quilting on the back. and I'd love to play with that kit of fabrics.

Scrapatches said...

This "Bloom" quote has always been a personal favorite of mine. It is sew nice to see it in your beautiful quilt work ... thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

sew.darn.quilt said...

Beautiful mini and gorgeous colours. Your quilting is exquisite :)

Ruth said...

Love it! Glad to see the whole quilt!

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Love your interpretation of BLOOM. Simply beautiful!

MooseStash Quilting said...

Love your words, and your quilting is spectacular!

Just Carol said...

Beautiful, just beautiful! I love the colors, the stitching, the layout, and the way "Bloom" just pops right out. Thanks for sharing!

krislovesfabric said...

This is beautiful, thanks so much for sharing with us today :)

Linda said...

How beautiful!!! I love the colors and design of your Bloom quilt. Great job!

Bonnie58 said...

Love your quilt. It is so bright and cheery. Thanks for sharing
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

phyllis said...

Thanks for sharing. Love your quilt.
phyllisjoconnor@gmail.com

Quilty Conscience said...

Oh my! I love your little quilt. the fabrics and the words! And how clever of you to think ahead...the twin idea is/was so much fun. Keep up the good work. Cheers! Toni

June D said...

Nice to see your project. As usual, very creative. I've just replanted myself in Cambridge, Mass until the summer. Thank you for putting my name in the hat for your drawing.

June D said...

How did you do the words that are in script?

patchouli moon studio said...

Well hola neighbor! I live about 45minutes south of you in New Mexico...small world.

I love your little quilts and the colors are just beautiful too. I am now following you and looking forward to seeing some new creations. Welcome to The Land of Enchantment!

Kathy H said...

I love the colors in your quilts and the quilting is fabulous.

landscapelady said...

Your quilting is gorgeous!

annmarie said...

I love that saying. And it is so true. My best friend's name is Bloom - honest! so I am always looking for fresh ideas for gifts for her with bloom in it. Your wall quilts are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

AnnieK said...

I popped in from FMQ Friday...and I have to say that your quilting is fabulous! I would be hard-pressed not to hang that one face-down, to showcase the stitching on the back. :-)

SIMPLESEW said...

Very artistic and lovely, and fun and I love this type of quilting. I will take a look around the blog while I am here. I am in the hop and will be up Monday. God Speed and bless your heart.

Adelle said...

That's awesome!

Susan said...

Thanks for participating!

carla said...

Hi!!! Love it!!! Love your word and your quilting!!! Love the star block!!! Very pretty!!!!

What Comes Next? said...

fabulous quilting!

Terry said...

Turned out very pretty. Thanks for the giveaway.

The Thompsons said...

The quilting is stunning! It really pops against the black!

Katherine said...

love you words!
thanks for the giveaway!

Nancy M. said...

My first 29 years of married live I lived no where more than two years because of my husbands job. I did not have that quote but that is what one has to do in a new place I learned very quickly. Thanks for the blog. I enjoyed it. thanks for the give away.

Tammy said...

Your bloom quilt is just phenomenal...The twins are beaufiul for sure. I know you are one proud moma of how they both turned out. Love love those colors. They are my absolute favorites. Thank you for shareing your projects with us today and thank you for a chance to win you lovely wonderful gieaway also.
conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lou said...

Your Bloom is beautiful!!!! Had a college Biology professor tell me that many years ago:) Thanks for reminding me of him!

lefuntz said...

I love that two people choose that saying today. Amy shortened it to just BLOOM which kinda changes the way we think about the meaning. Your quilts are beautiful! I love the colors!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

In from the hop...my day was past Tuesday....loving this hop. I really enjoyed your post and your projects are wonderfully bright and inspirational...thank you

lefuntz said...

Kristen not Amy. My bad!

Farm Quilter said...

Love your wall hangings! I really appreciate how you quilted it...I'm an LA quilter and so I always have to check that out and yours is AWESOME!!!

Mary Ann said...

All these 'springy' thoughts are providing me with inspiration - thank you!

Julie in WA said...

This is a wonderful "Words" creation! I am fascinated with the use of stripes to create the eight-point star. This is inspiring!

Abbigail said...

Wow! What beautiful quilting! I love your words!
hulseybg at gmail dot com

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

These are gorgeous! I can't believe the quilting shown on the back - incredible!! Thanks for sharing!

Martina said...

Such a beautiful quilt. Love the words, the layout and the colours. Just great. And the quilting is awesome! Great job!

Emily C said...

Love the idea. They really come out different. very interesting results.

Jenny said...

how fun to see the quilts side by side. I love them both----so colorful and lovely. Your saying is good too. So inspirational! Thanks for sharing! I hope to see what happens with the give away quilts too!

Sheila said...

Simply beautiful , love the word Bloom and your project is stunning! Also love your blog so I will be back . Thanks for sharing .

Lyn said...

very special! Thanks for sharing.

Hooked on Quilting said...

Lovely, wonderful, thanks for sharing!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Wow! That is just beautiful!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Lovely quilts, beautiful work!!!

Robin said...

I love your take on that saying! Your colors are beautiful and your design is just gorgeous!

Quilter Kathy said...

Love how your twins bloomed in similar and different ways! And very cool to see the quilting on the back!

Mimi said...

I absolutely love both projects - thanks for sharing and inspiring in more ways than visually!!

Stella Nemeth said...

I've been thinking about words myself. I think I'll add Bloom to my mix.

evelyn said...

Awesome quilt. I love your quilting. Isn't it amazing how the twins turned out.

evelyn said...

Awesome quilt. I love your quilting. Isn't it amazing how the twins turned out.

Verna G said...

Beautiful quilt! Ans a quote that we can all benefit from!

LJ said...

Having 2 people choose "Bloom where you're planted" on the very same day is testiment to the fact that they are marvelous words. Loved your little quilt - great colors and I like the mixed media you used. Fantastic quilting, by the way. I'm off to become a follower. I just love finding new blogs while I hop along!!

sandra said...

The second Bloom quilt ,equally beautiful and the colors in your quilt are gorgeous and wonderful quilting. In is lovely to hear to people's take on the same word. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

Kathryn said...

Sophie, After following your different moving adventures on your blog over the years, I know how appropriate the saying is for your life. I love your design and color choices. I'm:glad you shared them.
Best wishes, Kathie L in Allentown

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

WOW! Beautiful quilt, and the quilting is amazing - thank you for showing the back! Very inspirational!!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

Thank you for sharing your process and your finished quilt.

Caroline said...

Thank you. I needed that reminder today. Feeling a bit homesick lately and I needed the reminder to bloom in my new home. :)

Vesuviusmama said...

I love the idea of twin quilts, separated at birth!

cq4fun said...

Thank you so much for showing the back of your quilt! It's gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway, too.

dezertsuz at gmail

Cloud 9 said...

Amazing quilts, love the happy vibrant colors. Your's is my favorite of all the ones I've seen so far.

Lynn said...

Wow!! Your word quilt is stunning!! I love the fabric, thanks for the giveaway.

Darla said...

You surely how a very cute little phrase/quilt there. I used the phrase one of my gym bags also. You are so right, it is a great reminder...you need to make an effort. Thanks, for sharing.

Terri said...

LOVE your quilt Sophie! And I am drooling over the color scheme. Fantastic work!!!

Terri Coty

Mary Ann said...

Love the quilting.

roccagal said...

amazing Sophie! Luv the colors and the QUILTING!!! WOW!!!

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
This is gorgeous. I adore the colors.
Even the back looks really nice, kind of like a black board.
I really like your blog.
Thank you for sharing your creativity
and the free patterns too!!

knitnkwilt said...

I like the design of your quilt. Of course I like the central part, but the sawtooth border fabric choices really caught my eye.

I love the idea of twins separated at birth. I've done a couple round robins and always love the design process and the amazement at how different the next row is from what I had envisioned...I'm going to try the separation thing next time I am in a RR.

Cathy said...

Cute little quilt. Thanks for sharing the process.

Sewgirl said...

I love your color choice...very fresh looking. Your project turned out terrific!

Pamela said...

Your quilting is amazing. Love your quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah Craig said...

Sophie, that is a lovely quilt and sentiment! Whoop whoop!!

hueisei said...

Love your project. Thanks for sharing :D
I am your new follwer

Karrie S said...

Your quilt is SO pretty! I LOVE the colors. Its so beautiful! Bloom is an awesome word, and I like the quote you used. It's very good advice! Thanks for sharing ;)

-karrie

Quiltsmiles said...

I love your project and it's very nicely done. Beautiful sentiment and the colors are extrodinary. IMHO- You have a beautiful eye for color and design. Thanks for sharing and participating in this fantastic hop. Jane

Mystica said...

The quilt is so pretty!

PatSloan said...

What a GREAT quilt! As a techie I so get it.. so much that I left that life to create my business!!! Hi from a fellow techie! I hope you'll check out my daily blog.. my day is the last day

Pat Sloan
Radio show Host... The Voice of Quilting
http://blog.patsloan.com

Cher said...

119 comments..wow...thanks for the link to your blog from liberated quilters group..I so wanted to see enlarged photos and hear all of the story...this was a fabulous project and very inspiring-your quilting is stunning...I loved it all.

livingonair said...

STUNNING!!! I love your use of colors and saying... and am awed by the stitching! Good going!

Deb Hathaway
http://www.debhathaway.com

Shasta Matova said...

Gorgeous quilt with a great quote, beautiful colors and creative design!

JanesQuilting said...

"Bloom" What a great word. I started to bloomed in PA, but I feel I am still blooming here in TN for I am still learning so much.

Sallie said...

Love the colors you chose. Thanks for the giveaway!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Beautiful!!

CeLynn said...

Wow,love your modern quilt! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Terrific project. Love seeing the "separate at birth" twins. Fun! Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win!

Us said...

Beautiful quilt!

Wendy said...

your mini is wonderful, so skillfully made!

~Marica~ said...

Wonderful contribution to InYourWord's Bloghop!

Mary D said...

Love the creative quilt and the word that makes us all what we are Booming in our own way.

SewMD
www.stitchesonmyneedle.blogspot.com

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely work thanks for sharing!

nicolesender said...

The blues and greens are great together. Your table topper is beautiful. I like the thought;"Bloom where you are planted."
nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

Pattilou said...

Well, look at you! Two cute, cute quilts. Your quilting on the back is simply wonderful! Fun post.

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