The Story Behind the Quilt
As many of you know, I like to include the story behind the quilts I design within the pattern pages. When I don’t, it’s because, either it’s logistically impossible to make the page numbers work, or, as was the instance with this August Rain quilt, it’s not easy to articulate the depth of the background story.
When I initially released this pattern, rather than the story, I decided to include this simple quote within the pattern pages…
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…
It’s about learning to dance in the rain! – Vivian Greene
Every time I read those words a deep sense of peace and comfort washes over me.
We are all in our own way weathering one storm or another. Our personal storms come in many different varieties, and no one is immune. Some storms are expected and we try to prepare for them the best way we can, and others strike without warning and leave a devastating path of destruction.
In the Midst of the Storm
In August last year, one of my closest friends experienced a great storm in her life!
I won’t share the details, but I will say, it was a sad and challenging time.
But this quilt is not about the sadness, it’s about the love that was so clearly on show during such a difficult time.
It’s about the people in our lives who are there for us, the ones who lift us when we are low in spirits, and the ones who shower us with comfort and support.
Dancing in the Rain
This quilt was a way to pay tribute to the women in my life who are great examples of compassion, love and charity. Women who are the rain, nourishing and restoring those they come into contact with.
And women who are great examples of resilience, strength and capacity as they face the storms and ‘dance in the rain’.
To me this quilt is about closing your eyes and sensing the abounding love of the people in your life that love and support you – not just during difficult times, but always!
The blocks are designed to be reminiscent of the rain as it falls. I like to imagine that every block represents someone special.
The August Rain quilt pattern is available now:
This is a quick and easy pattern that uses jelly roll strips and simple chain piecing. It’s a great project for a long weekend :).
- Pattern – August Rain
- Fabric – The Good Life by Bonnie and Camille
- Batting: Twin size Quilter’s Dream Cotton Request Batting
- Longarm Quilting: Modern Twist Pantograph
For those of you who are facing your own storm right now, I hope you remember to take some time to replenish your creative well and nurture your authentic self!
Happy Quilting – xoxo