Sunday, April 22, 2007

Collected Chaos



I finished up all the details on the octagon quilt this weekend. The lovely Vivian Love did the quilting, and may I say she did an amazing job. She employed free motion quilting in a stitch pattern completely dreamed up by her and inspired by my fabrics, says she. I was so thrilled to have a few quiet hours in the studio yesterday to get the binding on, while Jeff braved the afternoon set of soccer games and Juliana's track meet.



So on Sunday all conditions were set for a parade of color across the front lawn led by none other than the girls. We had such beautiful sun and while still in their Sunday frocks from the their mom's hands, they were more than happy to play with mommy's new quilt. Can you find the sweetie feeties above?



Oh there's another set!

I know that some prefer not to stomach this much bold pattern all smushed and pushed together in one quilt. It is an eye or two full isn't it? It just satisfies me to see the order that's forced upon unruly fabrics when you cut them up and put them into a geometric quilt such as this. It's like storming into the playroom to brake up the loud chaos and telling all the rowdy kids to sit in a nice neat row and keep there mouths shut. And they do it, only they're all still looking at you like they'll bust out with a belly laugh any minute. Not that I would know anything about that. I'm just sayin'. Those fabrics look like they're about to giggle. Have I just been looking at them too long?



Isabela had a grand idea.



Make like cocoons and wait until they feel some new wings itching at their backs, then fly away and on to the next adventure.

Yes, good idea, indeed.

xo,AM

53 comments:

  1. I am in love with that quilt! It is too much fun. You did such an incredible job. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. And isn't this just the kind of quilt that makes growing wings and dreams possible!

    I really can't understand someone not loving seeing this quilt. Yes, there is a lot of pattern -- but it works. The shape, the color, the very freedom in putting those fabrics together into something that screams "I'm alive!" Then again, my husband calls my quilts retinal fatigue, what do I know? ;-)

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  3. melissa12:14 AM

    what a lovely post. thank you for making me smile. I love the idea of your quilts giggling!

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  4. It's beautiful, and your description is lovely too. I'd love to see the quilting she came up with?!

    Darling photo of the girls!...

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  5. oh all those prints is lovely. so vibrant and, like you said, alive. i love that last photo, your girls are adorable.

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  6. It's A-MAZING. Absolutly beautiful. The girls matching outfits are adorbale too. I love how your fabric can be several things and ALL look like they're supposed to be that. I see soo many possibilities with your Chocolate.

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  7. Fabrics that giggle and a grandmother that's smiling.
    Beautiful.
    Mom

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  8. Anonymous4:52 AM

    I just love it! It's full of verdant grass, meadows sprinkled with tiny flowers, splashes of cool water, glimpses of beach dresses and dollops of chocolate ice cream all rolled into one - it's a childhood summer in a quilt!

    I think it's beautiful.

    Hilary x (no blog, just an avid lurker ;-))

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  9. Bethany5:39 AM

    No way it's NOT too much...it's really lovely!! The girls look so adorable all snuggled up...I'm sure between them and the shining sunlight the fabrics are most certainly giggling!!

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  10. GORGEOUS, gorgeous. I love this much pattern together! My eyes like to wander over the patterns and colors and stop and see those rosey squares in between. Am I seeing octagons instead of hexagons or are the fabrics playing tricks on me?

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  11. The more I see this fabric, the more anxious I am to get my hands on it! The quilt is gorgeous and your little girls are absolutely precious!

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  12. coming here every morning makes my day brighter. The colors are just delicious and I can't wait to get my hands on them. thank you, thank you....

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  13. GORGEOUS quilt! Precious pictures! And I *love* the little flowered dress!!!

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  14. I LOVE it! Your fabric makes me want to make my first quilt!!

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  15. Ha! They are totally octagons Amy!! This is what happens when you stay up every night until 2am pretending you're an author too. Your brain gets fried and you can't use your geometry terms appropriately. Good thing the book has an editor!
    Thanks for being my blog editor, revisions have been made kind m'am. ;)
    xo,AM

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  16. Anna Maria,

    Do you dream up the dress patterns for your daughters or do you simply edit/tweak already-published ones? Such pretty dresses!

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  17. Good morning Miss Cavendish!
    I don't own any girls patterns so I guess the answer would have to be that I dream them up!
    Thank you! have a good monday :)
    xo.AM

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  18. What a great way to start my Monday! Thanks for the mention about the quilting. It looks lovely all finished and bound and wrapped around your girls. Great pics! It was an honor to 'embellish' an already beautiful work of art! --VivianLove

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  19. That quilt has got to the most gorgeous I have ever seen. It is beautiful. It seriously makes me want to learn to quilt. Wow. I could dream of that beautiful thing thrown across my bed. Amazing. I may have to learn how to make that thing. WOw. Can you tell i love it yet.

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  20. That quilt is awesome! Just beautiful and your little ones look perfect wrapped up in your design!

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  21. Lovely!
    Now I would like to learn to quilt please. :)
    You are such an inspiration!

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  22. I love stopping by to see what you've been up to! Such inspiration!!! The quilt is beautiful, perfect mix of color and shape! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  23. The fabrics! The quilt! The dresses! The feet! Best post ever.

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  24. What a gorgeous quilt! You are so talented!

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  25. The prettiest ever quilt I have ever, ever seen! REally beautiful. Love all that color!

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  26. The quilt is beautiful! All the fabrics just go together so beautifully. I love it!

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  27. You sure know how to lavish your girlies in love, Anna Maria! Nothing better than a day to frolic in the sunshine with gorgeous homemade one of a kind, DESIGNER dresses/skirts and to cozy up in mommy's made with love quilt!!! Love the quilt and outfits, Anna Maria!~
    L, Laurie~

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  28. What a fun post and a fun quilt! Your girls are adorable...especially the feets!

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  29. it is just stunning. And it does make me think of eating chocolate!

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  30. Anna, it's incredible. What a perfect pattern to show off your fabrics. Love it!

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  31. Looks like a bowl of candy :o)

    My MOST favorite of all the fabrics on there is the red on the back....ooooo SO PRETTY with the contrasting orange, purple and green.

    ummmm...when can we get our little fingers on some of this yummy fabric Anna? :o)

    Lori

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  32. Absolutely stunning quilt AM. Though the colors and patterns seem chaotic, the pattern itself definitely lends order to them. I LOVE it! I’ve been on a mission trying to find this pattern in the US… Still trying!

    -Jess San Diego, Ca

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  33. Sharnel Dollar4:33 PM

    oh my, what a gorgeous quilt. I absolutely love all the crazy patterns and colours all together. I can't wait till i can get my hands on some of your divine fabrics.
    - Sharnel Dollar, Brisbane Australia

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  34. I love every inch of it and your girls are adorable.. too cute!!!
    xo,
    Kim

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  35. jennifer h8:20 PM

    what a beautiful quilt. oh how i dream to have one like this.

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  36. Gorgeous! I am so jealous of all the little girl stuff. I have 2 boys and have to fantasize about making pretty little dresses and such. ;)

    I guess i could start making them clothes, but the patterns are just not as appealing....

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  37. The quilt is gorgeous! I love it! I can't wait to see Chocolate Lollipop in person! The Sunday frocks are adorable too, what lucky girls!

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  38. I think the quilt is absolutely delightful with all the colors and movement. I can't wait to buy some of that fabric for myself!

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  39. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  40. I'm getting a sweet tooth just looking at the gorgeous Chocolate Lollipop! The quilt turned out just gorgeous!

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  41. Your images reminded me of the Movie Nanny McPhee with emma Thompson. The vivid colors and playful children in that movie are really similar to this quilt. I adore how crazy and wild it is, it is simply bursting with youth, happiness and childish dreams. It makes me want to have my own children and bundle them up in silly dreamy quilts. But don't tell my Mom I sad that.

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  42. It is always a treat to visit your block, its such eye candy. Thanks
    Suzie Sews

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  43. Anonymous6:16 AM

    love that quilt.. the fabric does want to giggle... so friendly..wonderful margie

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  44. you are so absolutely clever and wonderful
    I am in love with that quilt, I so want one.

    I am not any sort of seamstress, indeedy I only have a hot glue gun to put thibngs together with.
    One day, I shall get me a quilt like that.

    And whats more, I shall roll myself up in it and dream lovely things.
    best wishes
    Fifi

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  45. That quilt is beautiful!

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  46. Stunning! I had trouble tearing myself away from the pictures long enough to make this comment :)

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  47. pinkflowerbuttons3:28 AM

    I used to love taking a blanket or sleeping bag out on the freshly mown lawn in the sun and smell the grass thru the material. What beatufiul photos and sensational material. Man this blog kind of just races to the top.

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