Friday, June 25, 2010

Rainbow Makers

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Kids really have the most enthusiasm. After the flooding happened here in May, there were endless local and national news stories detailing not just the tragedies involved, but also the countless, selfless acts of relief going on all over town. Compelled by all they saw and heard, Nicolas and Joseph particularly were ready to rip out drywall and tear up floors anywhere they could if they were just given the chance. They complained to me that we had to find a way to help people. I was moved by their inherent compassion and it helped inspire me to create Rainbow Around the Block. And because of their hearts, I've wanted to keep them involved as much as possible.

Just as naturally as the compassion came, so did the excitement to help me with the quilting efforts. I got out a few different quilt books for reference, a stack of graph paper, colored pencils, rulers and we all sat around the counter in the studio and had one of the best nights of the summer. After they knew what we were making and why, they were so inspired and had so much fun. We continually stressed that they could design their square however they wanted and not to worry about color or lines. I promised to work each of their colrings into a block design that we could sew from. And the icing on the cake for them (and me) was the idea to share our blocks with you! It was interesting to see that some of what they dreamed up on their own were already very basic and traditional block designs. It was also joy for me to watch how each expressed their individuality (what I know well and love about each of them) through the language of color and geometry.

So here is the first installment of the Horner Family Blocks: The Joseph Block. You can click on the link to download an instruction page. His was a very basic square in a square block. I love this block, and have been making lots of them. I'll continue to add more in the coming weeks, and also linking them over at the Rainbow page.

kisses, Anna

49 comments:

  1. Did Isabela learn cursive this year? Great kids activity!!

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  2. What terrific family memories you have all made with your evening of quilt block designing!

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  3. These instructions are amazing! Thanks so much!

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  4. I love Joseph's block...I especially like the colors he did his drawing in. Thank you for the tutorial too, I want to make some of these!

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  5. Love the girls designs & Joseph's block as well!

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  6. Thanks for the tutorial, Anna. I didn't think to make one BIG square and cut it twice. I was making two squares... I've linked from my blog!

    It's beautiful how you're working as a family.

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  7. I love this post. Will you adopt me? I can sew. :-)

    How fantastic that your kids are such compassionate people. Wishing all of you a lovely summer.

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  8. What a beautiful project. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. How awesome for the kids! Esp when they see all the blocks being sent along that they designed! Will be adding this one to the list of 'to do's! Thank you!

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  10. What a thrill it will be for Joseph when he sees quilt blocks coming in with his design on them. You are being a great example of service and compassion to them.

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  11. We've had major flooding around here in the last few weeks as well. Not in urban areas as much - although a few cities were affected, but so many ranches and farms were destroyed. Needless to say, I've been thinking about this project a lot this week...

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  12. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [26 Jun 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  13. Thank you so much for sharing this one! After seeing these blocks on the flickr page I wanted to mimic them but was afraid of the time required to come up with the pattern. Now my worries are over! :)

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  14. Saw you in Country Living. Just wanted to say I love what you do! Very inspiring!

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  15. how inspiring. great idea.

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  16. Will definitely have to find a way to help out with this effort. I love that you did this with your family. Such a loving effort and one sure to have brought even more unity. I know your kiddos will remember that forever!

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  17. is this your fabric?

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/45524026/ann-criss-cross-reversible?ref=sc_2

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  18. AM, this is so beautiful!

    You're such a good mom. I love it!
    Those kids are very blessed to have you.

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  19. I can just imagine you all sitting around the table with your supplies spread out - what a fun thing to do together! I am tempted to see if my 13-year-old nieces would be up for this project. Thanks for the great tute! I love how you transformed the colored pencil block into a tute for us!

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  20. I had made the pattern and then lost it, very happy for not having to start over:) Thanks! I will not make the July 1 deadline, I waited too long for my new fabrics to arrive. I will post the blocks in July.

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  21. Hello Anna Maria. My kids learn cursive in Kindergarten. Isn't that crazy? I've nominated you for some blog awards, which you are probably not interested in. It won't hurt my feelings. But if you are, go to http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com to claim.

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  22. New Reader6:49 PM

    Anna, My daughter is an AVID fan of yours, always TALKING about your ideas and fabrics (I recently bought her "Handmade Beginnings"). So do you ever answer these comments? If so, would you consider suggesting to me some fabrics ( and possibly an easy pattern with pieces that are not too small), for making a baby quilt and pillow? She would be thrilled, since she is expecting her first baby in a few months ( I don't have much time, do I?) She does not know the sex of the baby and wants to be surprised at delivery. If it is a girl she like reds and pinks and yellows. So I may have to make two, just in case. Anyway thanks so much.

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  24. Anna this is a wonderful idea.
    I'll make sure to post about it soon.
    I also wanted to pass along the Beautiful Blogger Award and this is a perfect example why you deserve it. Thank you for sharing with us your inner and outer beauty.
    Happy 4th of July.

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  25. What a lovely heart your children have. And what a lovely idea for getting them involved.

    I think this may just encourage me to break out my quilting goods (which have been hibernating for 9 years!).

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  26. caitlin6:24 PM

    this is such a heartfelt post. i love it!
    i love your blog so much, and update every day, i miss you at the moment, as you haven't posted for a while. i hope you're all well, and having a lovely summer.
    :) caitlin

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