Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Sewing Circle

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Has it been two weeks? Wow. Feels like about one long day. Phew. N'kay.

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Yesterday was my favorite day. I've been waiting for months. We had the first of two planned (prolly needs to be more like ten) sewing days to begin assembling the Rainbow Around the Block quilts for flood victims. That's Brittney up there working away while I imagine the rest of us were either digging through blocks, pressing, squaring, eating, eating, eating or planning the next top. Thank you Brittney for your talented hands! And for taking on the pink flamingo blocks.

You are not going to believe these stats----here we go...maybe you'll believe it. I didn't believe it, but you're probably smarter than me. Actually now that I've sorted through all of the blocks, tops and quilts and begun the sewing I most DEFinitely believe it. Uoops. I derailed, the stats:
we've received 1,746 blocks (enough for 41 full size quilts), 77 finished quilt tops and 22 completely finished quilts. I was stunned, amazed, floored, bewildered, happy, thankful and now very very busy!!!

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My dear friend and often cohort in various crimes, Tracy Smith hosted us at her gorgeous, sunny, country home for our first sewing day. I think all the women that joined me there yesterday would agree that light doesn't just stream through the Smith home, but also emanates from it and we had a joyful time together. Thank you kind and funny Tracy.

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It was such a lot of work to move all the materials, machines and supplies there, that once set up I wanted to stay for about a week. Seriously. I thought about starting to fold some of Tracy's laundry so that I could bribe her into it, but the I remembered my own laundry at home. And oh yea the family.

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This is Mr. Toby with the quality control department. Sweet Kirsty tugged him along and he was a complete babbling happy bowl of baby. Kiss Kiss Toby! Thank you for sewing with me Kirsty, you are a dear.

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These are the two Jennys at our porch cutting and "squaring up" table. I know that they will thank me for this back side shot. Thank you Jenny 1 and Jenny 2. You guys are the bestest.

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Pierrette spent the whole time eating!!! Just kidding. I love you, Pierrette, thank you.

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Every room downstairs looked sorta like this. A beautiful little curated geometry of color gathered from generous souls all over the world. Strewn across the floor, being thought over with conversation, laughs and pie. Thank you generous souls for letting us finish your good thoughts and your beautiful work.

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And thank you Alexia, you are a sparkly little jewel and so wonderful to have near in all situations, most especially in sewing. Even if you do try to steal the best blocks. Just kidding. The above quilt was born on the design wall after I accused her of stealing my favorite block which is at the center there. She (sort of) happily conceded it to me after admitting it was the only one that wasn't working in her top composition. I like to be bossy, but then really, really thankful. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

If you want to join us next month for the next sewing day (I will feed you), visit the rainbow page for more info, we can use your help! Or email rainbowATannamariahorner.com

smack! Anna

71 comments:

  1. They look beautiful. I am so impressed so many people contributed to this project!

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  2. Anna, you are doing such a wonderful thing, bringing this all together.

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  3. Such gorgeous blocks and such a wonderful gesture of giving. Lots of good karma has been created for sure!

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  4. So beautiful...and great photos. If I lived near you, I would be there to help in a heartbeat. I think this is an amazing project!

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  5. Those quilts are all looking so gorgeous! It's amazing that colours and fabrics and shapes from all over the place can come together to make such stunning pieces. I am so touched and moved by the whole situation you've got going on here, the generosity of those who are donating time and blocks and your thoughtfulness in putting the whole thing together. Very inspiring!

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  6. Not just beautiful to see the light, the home, those gorgeous squares... but beautiful to comprehend the love and kindness that is bringing all of this together. God bless every hand and heart at work and play.

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  7. Looks like y'all had a lot of fun, made a lot of progress. :) These pictures are just beautiful! And it's good to know so many people are being so generous and giving. :)

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  8. Ahhhhh..I can't find these beautiful fabrics in my country,thanks

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  9. Those look amazing! What a beautiful home and a fun time! You must have had a blast!

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  10. Happy Sewing! I am on the home stretch on finishing my 60 quilts for the Bumble Beans Home BASICS project. ;-)
    They are looking fabulous! Your awesome! keep up the fab work!

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  11. I want to help. Why do you live soooooooo far away. Looks like such an amzing project.

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  12. Absolutely amazing!!! All of it--number of contributions, all the sewing help, all the gorgeous color.

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  13. i really really wish i could have been there.

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  14. It's a regular old-fashioned new-fangled quilting bee. Thank you Anna Maria and friends for the wonderful contribution you are making to your community.
    P.S.--I had an Innocent Crush sighting yesterday!

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  15. Ha! That is my butt, but that's okay - it is for a wonderful cause afterall. Love the stolen block quilt.

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  16. Incredible! I love the way these are coming together too - such thought and not just the dregs for charity quilts.

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  17. i'm losing my mind right now. could your pierette be the pierette of "brooklyn, y'all"/ girlfriend of cory younts of old crow medicine show/ justin townes earle?
    that girl. first i loved her blog, then i loved her boyfriend (musically, of course), and now she pops up in my favorite fabric designer's blog. WEIRD.
    i mean, how many pierettes can there be in nashville?
    maybe more than one...in which case- disregard all of this and keep up the good work!

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  18. You know, I just looked at my calendar to see when the 20th is as if I could make another 7 hour (that's one-way) trip to Nashville to help. Thanks for the offer of food, but I would need board too ;). With all the dear friends I made at Skirting Couture, I'm beginning to think I should LIVE in Nashville. I would come...

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  19. So happy to see all this! The quilts look like they will be beautiful!

    I saw one my Mom made in there! How fun!

    Thanks so much!

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  20. Looks like a wonderfully sublime day! What a beautiful place to host a sewing circle. I can't get over all that light!

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  21. Oh how I wish I lived in Nashville, I would love to help sew those pieces together, especially in that beautiful setting. You should publish a book with all the finished quilts and stories about the people who recieved them. It would be great to see all the finished quilts.

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  22. I am a Williamson County girl, almost Nashville, so I know so many families affected by the flood. You will bless them beyond your wildest dreams.

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  23. Looks Absolutely Fabulous!! You are all so amazing!! xx

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  24. It looks joyous-- what an awesome realization of a little idea...I know folks will think so much of this amazing gift.

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  25. it all looks amazing! what an awesome thing to do for people who need it!

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  26. Oh gosh, I enjoyed making the blocks but to see all of them like this...wow, you really connected us all! Thanks!

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  27. Congrats on the success of your project which will bring lots of joy to those in need!

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  28. WOW!! That is beyond impressive and inspiring. See what one person can do if she just gets the ball rolling? Fantastic.

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  29. Good gracious! Good project! Good people!

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  30. WOW! Those blocks/quilts look awesome! I'm available next month, problem is I'm in the UK :-(( You're all doing an amazing job. I'm so with you in spirit.

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  31. These are stunning! Keep up the good work. Don't ya love it when a plan comes through! :)

    Ps. I am seeing a future art project hanging on them walls just created out of paintedpaper.

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  32. what a beautiful venture! positive energies abound. lovely.

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  33. This looks like the best kind of day to me, making something beautiful with friends. Beth

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  34. WHAT?
    WHAT?
    WHAT?
    I thought it was supposed to be next WEEK!
    Homeschooling has totally swallowed my brain, Anna. I am now officially on your list of people that need forgiveness.
    Carolina

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  35. Really fantastic and inspiring!

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  36. I wish I lived closer so I could come help sew!!! Lots of love to you, Anna!
    ~Achaia xxx

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  37. Cindy Gray4:32 PM

    I wanted to be there so bad! I live just up the road!! But work and a daughter with an injured back and appointments kept me away! I'm going to clear the decks for the next one!! This is exactly what I need to do something I love to help other people, has got me thru some rough times before!

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  38. I can't even begin to tell you how much this post lifted my spirits. I've been feeling quite down, and worthless, and other feelings that go along w/ depression...then this post! What a godsend! My small quilt group, at my suggestion, made about 20 blocks and sent them off to you in August. Consider me reminded of the value of friends, especially quilting friends, and of sharing with those who need a bit of help and kindness. Or a lot.

    And the blocks are so beautiful! I wish I were close enough to join you: you'd have to rent a hall if we all could do that!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  39. Oh, does that look like fun!!! I wish I could have helped with that project. Just to play with fabric for a day is a far off dream in my world right now. Happy sewing!

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  40. Good for you. Good too that you had Toby to supervise.

    It is a wonderful thing, tho, to get together with women to love to quilt. We quilt for Project Linus and also have a mini group and a one week retreat once a year.
    p.s glad you are back.

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  41. You can add 6 more completed quilts and one more quilt top to your count. That's what my quilting friends gave me at our retreat this week. AND a promise of more tops and/or completed quilts to be mailed to either you or to me to bring to you.
    Great job!
    Mom

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  42. YAY!! Thanks mama- I think you should consider an extended stay here with me so that we can you know- BIND

    xoxoxA

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  43. WoW. This is my favorite post from you ever! This needs to be something going on all over the place. Or maybe it is. But this is so neat. I love that quilt, for one thing. But the circle is the coolest. I'll have to do this sometime in my life.

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  44. You are all amazing and inspiring beyond measure. Well done. You are doing so well. with much love Trina xx

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  45. What an amazing and inspiring blog! I absolutely love the fabric designs and adore pictures of work in progress ... sewing machines, scraps, and quilts here and there. Makes me just want to be in that room!

    I just started my creative blog today and mentioned your blog so I can keep your stream of inspiration going ...

    Absolutely amazing creations!

    Thank you.

    Pam Hunter
    www.thedesigncottage.blogspot.com

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  46. Lovely Blocks! That green machine caught my eye...is that a commercial Singer??

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  47. ahhh!! My blocks are the red stripe, polka dot ones with the pieces of orange! It's so cool to see them in quilts with other blocks. Thanks for posting pictures Anna!

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  48. Looks like a wonderfully sublime day! What a beautiful place to host a sewing circle. I can't get over all that light

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