"Bloom Where you are Planted" is a philosophy of my mother's, one that molded who I am today, but a perspective I think I have lost in my discontent over so many things. An old family friend reminded me of this saying this summer, as she was talking about her own daughter adjusting to a new home far away from home. And it struck me that I haven't been doing a very good job of blooming in the situations in which I have found myself. Mom used to have a framed version of this saying on the wall in our home and I wanted a reminder of this perspective, especially as we embark on our second year in the Virgin Islands. A reminder that there is important work to do, here and now and beauty can be found here and now. So while at home this summer, I used some scrap fabric to cut out the letters and then stitched each letter in black thread outline
My inspirations were two books which I have enjoyed reviewing over and over again. The first provided the design idea: Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartmann and the second the colors mixing and machine quilting style: Fresh Quilting by Malka Dubrawsky. I was very limited in color and amounts of fabric so I just went with some Moda fat quarters I had and a lightweight voile pattern for the backing by Anna Maria Horner.
with the sewing machine.