I don't know about all of you, but I spent the weekend feeling a bit "heavy."
Is it just me, or does it seem like everybody is fighting?
We are living in a time when people are telling others their love is not equal. Turn on the evening news and to much of the world's dismay - we've learned three teenagers gunned down an innocent man out of "boredom." This...after everything we saw in Newtown. And let's not forget the senseless beating death of a World War II Veteran. What are we doing to one another? What is fueling this hate? This anger? This rage? The anonymity of the internet certainly hasn't helped. People are able to spew venom they would never say in public. Trust me, I've seen what some say about me! Why do so many people attack one another through the internet and social media? We do it to one another, celebs (guilty...but only with Miley), political figures, businesses and more.
Where is the love?
Judging by the endless stream of "Selfies" out there, there's enough "Self-Love" (or is there?) but what about love for one another? With so many images of negativity bombarding us daily, it's no surprise seeew many of us turn to quilting...in a world like this.
Obviously when I feel like this...the "Mothership" reminds me that I sometimes need to take a break and nourish the creative soul. Seeew I decided I would spend a day with Shoppe friends...Matt & Darin over at Laurel Hedge. These personal gardens...they are a labor of love! I've never seen a garden like this on a personal property this big! You can't help but feel uplifted and feel a presence of hope while walking the many paths. In times where it would appear nothing comes from the heart...it's obvious the heart of the matter is in full view here.
Their waterfall = amazing! Did I mention they do landscaping?
And look what I brought with me! Lots of quilts using fabrics from Edyta Sitar's Over The Rainbow Batik collection.
There she is.
Our magnificent "Rainbow Star!"
It radiates love and light for all to see, especially here in the garden. When Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, dropped by the Shoppe in May...she was thoroughly impressed. With the help of Edyta's laser-cut fusible applique pieces known as Silhouettes, the applique part is easier than it looks. Yes, with the convenience of having these shapes already cut for you comes cost, but I am a firm believer in the value of time. And anything that saves time is a huge plus in my book. You can spend less time cutting and more time sewing! Cutting out little body parts for an endless soiree of birds and vines, would have me reaching for a cube of cheese. Seeew our kit, which includes the Silhouettes, is a dream! In a world like this.
What I love about M & D's garden... is the pond. I can remember as a little boy aged 7 and 8 - I would draw out maps of my own garden with my brother. The maps always contained a pond. This pond invites tranquility and I feel as if I'm walking through a meadow.
Well...I am. Sort of.
Just imagine...sitting here with your favorite book! In a world like this.
Have you ever seen something seeew pretty in someone's yard?
It's a little bit of heaven right here on Earth. And with every pond comes a family of Koi.
Precious Alert. Matt tossed some food out so I could get a lot of them in the picture.
If trying the Rainbow Star is too intimidating for you, or you are just beginning with applique, I highly recommend the Over the Rainbow Batik Garden Trio Table Runner Kit. Our kit contains enough fabric to make three table runners ( two of which are pictured - see below). The table runners are a great way to start working with the Silhouettes and you will feel a sense of accomplishment when you complete the project. That's always a plus!
Precious Alert Deux. Simple x100. Simple and quick is always a good thing! In what? That's right...a world like this.
One of the "Mothership's" favorite thing to do is combine batiks with cottons or other textures. I'm always amazed when she walks through the Shoppe. She finds things nobody else ever thinks to look at. In order to create a more contemporary quilt she took our Over the Rainbow Jelly Rolls and combined them with a solid linen from French General. I stumbled upon M & D's greenhouse and felt that our Jelly Parfait Quilt resembled the roof line. Seriously...I moved through the thicket and there it was.
The pattern is designed by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts. I've said it before and I will continue saying it...not only is Joanna one of the few designers with several patterns for Moda pre-cuts (including the Jelly Roll) but her designs are versatile and work with seeew many styles of fabric.
This next quilt you may have seen before at the Mothership's beach cottage. It's another Fig Tree Favorite...Jelly Stems and it fit perfectly here in the gardens. P.S. I love the wheel barrow planter on the top of this arbor.
Melissa chose a simple edge to edge pattern for this particular quilt. Simple is good! The fun part with this pattern is Joanna provides three variations for how you can set your "stems." You can make them all going in the same direction, or some up and some down creating a butterfly effect. Either way...we love this pattern and can see it re-created using almost any style of Jelly Roll.
One more picture just because I loved these flowers and the rake on the greenhouse.
Finally, our last project is the most beauteous of all. The "Mothership" loves log cabin blocks. In a tribute to the end of Summer, here is our Summer Cabin Over The Rainbow Batik Quilt. It's a visual masterpiece and when I look at it, I think of stained glass. Our piecer Lisa put this one together and she did mention that remaining organized during the assembly of this quilt was key -especially with all of that color placement! She did an amazing job - didn't she?
Seeew listen...I know that times are tough. In a world like this there are days where it feels like there is so much chaos and people are disconnected. We cover our eyes and ask, "Why?"
I started writing this post with a heavy mindset.
I was letting the negativity grab hold.
What I know for sure though is that all of those things associated with negativity - fear, doubt, and envy - they lead to chaos. And chaos...it's overwhelming. Love seems absent or impossible.
When you believe in yourself and your dreams.
When you use your imagination and express your creativity.
When you have passion.
When you do what you love to do regardless of opinions.
When you surround yourself with people who you love and love you back.
When you go that extra mile and never look back.
Love comes 'round.
And if you ever doubt love exists in a world like this...just look at a quilt and look at this garden. You'll see.
If you are interested in visiting the gardens and their boutique click here to check out the schedule of Saturdays that they are open. To catch up with Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe & Mercantile visit our Facebook page and check us out on Pinterest.