Saturday, 1 August 2020

Choose Joy


My Quilt for this quarter is called "Choose Joy". My inspiration for this reveal came in a wonderful package from Ruth, which arrived when we were in full lockdown and covid deaths were doubling every three days. She also sent a lovely note saying she was trying to choose joy over stress. It wasn't an easy time to be joyful but I decided my title straightaway and started making a proper effort to choose joy every day 
myself.


The quilt includes a selection of joyful things including Ruth's parcel, mail in general, the lighthouse, which has given me a project to ponder about and work on and, in the postmark, the date of the birth of my first grandchild last Friday. Also, of course the automata dog.


I seem to be having a variety of technical issues this morning, including progress photos trapped on my camera, which I hoped would be sorted by overnight charging, and blogger doing funny things...so I will make a post with more detail later or tomorrow on my blog and, if I can enlist assistance, maybe even a video of the dog running...

In the meantime I would like to say a big thank you to Ruth and I am looking forward to seeing everyone's quilts for this reveal :)

16 comments:

  1. Your textile collages are always amazing Janine and this is no exception! Congratulations on the safe arrival of your first grandchild a whole new world of joy has just opened up :)

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  2. Your pieces are going from strength to strength! This is unmistakably your work and it's so charming and quirky and ingenious it would inspire happiness in anyone who looked at it. I love that you have fitted in your light house too. Many congratulations on the birth of your first grandchild - what a lovely event. x

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    1. Thank you, Catherine. The inspiration for happiness came from Ruth and it was a brilliant inspiration with the world as it has been this quarter - I hope it transferred to to the quilt :)

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  3. It’s very sweet. It seems more than one of us were inspired by world events. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your process. Congratulations on your grandchild. Welcome to the world, such as it is, Little One.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. It's lovely to have you in the group now :)

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  4. Ah, Janine, for something with so few pieces this joyful quilt is amazingly complex. The balanced way the beautiful, clear colors work together, the clever stitching, the little package from Ruth, the incorporation of meaningful words, and of course, the doggo! I bet your new grand baby will love looking at it in -congratulations! Like Fiona said, it's a whole new world of joy for you.

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    1. Ha ha! It may look simple. The dog was a kit, which claimed it takes an hour to put together for an eight year old but it took me at least a week :D

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  5. Oh, I'm looking forward to hearing more about this sweet quilt. So many details in the stitching, and that cute pup. Congratulations on the birth of your grandchild!

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. I have another daughter who I'm helping move house and I've got quite behind with posting. I hope I will get to post more about it soon :)

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  6. This is sooo cute. Love the detail.

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  7. Oh this is so beautiful and the message behind it so perfect for these trying times we are experiencing. Amazing!

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    1. Thank you, Martha. I hope you are managing to stay safe and well and not too busy at work. It is an especially trying time for key workers and we are all grateful to you :)

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  8. Fabulous - so creative and fun, I love it. I can see the puppy leaping across the grass. So cute and adorable and makes me smile with a big happy grin!

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  9. Thank you, Ruth. And thanks again for the inspiration. You really cheered up my lockdown :)

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