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Thread: A Quilt for Vivienne ~ What would you name it?

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    A Quilt for Vivienne ~ What would you name it?

    I recently made a sample quilt for Quilt Market using some new fabric called "Prairie Rose" designed by Sue Daley, an Australian designer for Riley Blake Designs. I needed to come up with a name for the quilt in order to write a pattern, and it occurred to me that my husband's grandmother had come from Australia.

    Grandma Vivienne's ancestors were Huguenots who had immigrated from France to South Africa to escape religious persecution. She was born in 1905 and her family moved to New Zealand shortly afterward as the war-torn country's economy was so devastated following the Boer War. Her mother and brothers had been kept in a concentration camp during the war. Vivienne was 12 when her mother died from health complications contracted in the camp. When she was 16, she moved to Australia as an apprentice to a Seamstress. While on vacation in Tasmania, she happened to meet a handsome young American, J. Cash Smith, from Utah. After he returned home, Cash asked his father, "What do you do when you find yourself in love with someone on the other side of the world?" His father told him, "If I had to swim the oceans myself, I'd go back for her." So he did. Go back to Autralia, that is, where they were married, then Cash returned to Utah with his new bride.

    A city girl, Vivienne brought elegance to the little Utah town. A beautiful seamstress, she sewed lovely, flowy dresses (it was the 1920's), had excellent manners and was very formal and proper, for a dairy farmer's wife. She loved to garden. At age 65, she began painting, mostly roses, and pastoral scenes that surrounded their home.

    There is much to admire about this lovely lady, and I keep a little inspirational saying of hers on the wall of my sewing room that I found tucked in an her old recipe box:

    "I champion the right to be myself.
    Dare to be different and set my own pattern.
    Live my life and follow my own star."
    ~Vivienne


    All I have learned about Vivienne and her life seems to suit this quilt. The "Prairie Rose" fabric itsself, and the fact that it was designed by an Australian, speaks of her immigration halfway around the world. It speaks of her love of roses, and even includes some stars. Her little saying seems a perfect fit for her life and to remember her with this quilt.

    Now, what would you name it? Here are some of the suggestions so far: A Quilt for Vivienne, Viva la Vivienne!, La Vie en Rose, Vivienne's Roses, Vivienne's Dream, Vivienne's Star, Vivienne's Journey, just "Vivienne"? Right now, I'm leaning toward Vivienne's Journey. And yesterday I sent the quilt to Australia for Sue Daley to have in her booth at the upcoming Australian Quilt Market in Melbourne. In a way, it was like saying "Bon Voyage" to Grandma Vivienne.
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    I'd call it absolutely beautiful You did a super job on your pattern....it's really gorgeous!! How about 'Love from Australia' or Aussie Love or whatever you decide. Congrats on your pattern. Your story is fab!!

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    Oh, yeah, I do like Vivienne's star as it relates directly to her quote that you showed us.

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    beautiful great job!!!!
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    Gorgeous and thank you for sharing a bit of history - so interesting, look forward to seeing it in Melbourne.

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    Beautiful quilt and story. I think you've already named it: "A Quilt for Vivienne"
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
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    Wow, what an amazing woman. I love reading stories like this and I thank you so much for sharing. And your quilt is just as amazing as the woman you have dedicated it to. Naming is a toughy, I like Vivienne's Roses or just plain Vivienne. I think when you package the pattern it should include her quote.

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    beautiful quilt
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    before you speak T.H.I.N.K.
    T is it True? H is it Helpful? I is it Inspiring? N is it Necessary? K is it Kind?


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    I love a great quilt with a good story. It helps us get to know both you and Grandma Vivienne. I think "Vivienne's Star" or just "Vivienne" and let it speak for itself. Thanks for sharing.
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    I love the quilt! It is a wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman. I think a good name is Vivienne's Journey. Amazing quilt!

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    beautful quilt and I love the quote

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    "Vivienne's Rose" ties in nicely with the fabric line name of "Prairie Rose".

    Beautiful, beautiful quilt.



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    I like "Vivienne - Daring to be Different". Beautiful by the way!!!!
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    Women are Angels. And when someone breaks our wings we continue to fly...on a broomstick! We are flexible like that. People really shouldn't mess with Angels!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramqlts View Post
    I like "Vivienne - Daring to be Different". Beautiful by the way!!!!
    I like this the best. And do include her note on the pattern.

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    Vivienne's Star

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    nice quilt......

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    that is beautiful and she seemed like a beautiful woman full of life and adventure

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    "A Rose for Vivienne"

    or (if you don't want to use her name)

    "Australian Rose"
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    Memories of Vivienne, so beautiful
    Respect one another

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    I think it is beautiful whatever yo call it!
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    Your quilt is stunning. The story of her spirit and grace is wonderful. "remembrance"(a tribute to a beautiful spirit) is how I saw your quilt. It sure is going to be hard to choose the right name, being it's such a special quilt. Great job. I'm in awe of your work.
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    such a beautiful quilt. Did you put her saying on the label?
    Live and let live!

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    A lovely story of a wonderful woman. All the names would be fitting. It's your choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119 View Post
    I love the quilt! It is a wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman. I think a good name is Vivienne's Journey. Amazing quilt!
    DITTO!!!
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    Love the story and love the quilt. What ever you decide will be perfect.
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