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Thursday, February 6, 2020

A thing of beauty.

I have no end of admiration for people who have the skill and patience to look at a pile of fabric bits and magically create a beautiful AND useful work of art.  (Yes, I'm talking about you, MP...xo).  It turns out that I have a cousin that is an uber-talented quilter.  She got a bee in her bonnet a couple of years ago and decided that all the women in our family (that is my little nuclear family) should have a quilt.  I thought she was either mad or had way too much time on her hands.  I tut-tutted and said that she shouldn't go to the bother, blah, blah, blah. 

Fast forward six months and this arrived for me at my mother's house:

I now get to use my favorite British descriptive word - I was gobsmacked!  I apologize for the darkness of the photographs, but I am limited in my means to display anything larger than a hankie.  And this is WAY larger than a hankie.  The colors are glorious and so 'me'.  It is a traditional pattern, which I love.  The kids are never going to see it.

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In the way of this winter - wimpy to the max - we have not gotten a lot of snow but we are seesawing between sleet and ice storms and rain.  This morning's Round One of the latest sleet/ice storm screwed up my appointment for my annual physical (insert crocodile tears here) and had me mincing across the mountain to work.  When I had to notify HQ that the appointment was rescheduled to next week and that I couldn't wait for spring, one of my co-workers in the City emailed that she hadn't realized we had spring up here.  I answered that we did, indeed, have more than one season:  Winter, mud and ticks, two weeks of nice weather, winter.

19 comments:

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Wow, what a gorgeous quilt! very intricate Is she has really found her Muse?

Susan said...

Isn't it? She has made quilts for my mother, my middle sister and me. She is working on my youngest sister's now.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

wow!!! what a gift! it's gorgeous!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

How spectacularly gorgeous! What a generous gift of a work of art!

Mama Pea said...

What an heirloom for you to treasure! Just gorgeous.

ellen abbott said...

well, isn't that gorgeous. I so admire quilters.

Goatldi said...

So amazing. No cat/dog barf on that beauty!

Joanne Noragon said...

That is a beautiful, beautiful quilt.
Just wait, more ice approaches.

Leigh said...

What an amazing quilt! Beautiful! A real treasure.

Elaine said...

The richness of that quilt and the subtle changes of colour! She really knows her stuff. A truly beautiful quilt made with love.

(My brother says that here we often have four seasons in one day... Makes choosing what to wear quite tricky.)

Michelle said...

How are YOU going to enjoy it if the KIDS are never going to see it???

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

That is gorgeous - I love the colours she chose, as you say, traditional. In another lifetime I think I would love to learn how to quilt. -Jenn

Kristina said...

Oh my! What a nice gift to receive. Gorgeous!

Ed said...

What amazes me is how much money people are willing to pay for those things. My mom used to make a couple to sell at a large fundraising event for charity and they would go for thousands of dollars. I've always figured if I'm ever hard up for money, I got several mortgage payments sitting in the cedar chest downstairs.

Theresa Y said...

What a beautiful piece of work. You are truly blessed...

Lynne said...

It's beautiful! Lucky you and a great cousin!

MargaretP said...

In reply to Ed,
Try buying good quality quilting cotton fabric,for blocks and backing,then batting,and quality cotton thread. Add to that the time to design, cut,sew hundreds of pieces very precisely then the hours and hours of quilting .....you soon come up with amazing figures.

Susan,that quilt is outstanding, the jewel colours are so perfect, it makes me warm just looking at it, the log cabin pattern is timeless and there is nothing like snuggling under a handmade quilt and one that was made especially for you makes it very special indeed.
I have been making quilts (mostly hand quilted) for over 30 years and having made 2 log cabin I know the amount of work that goes into them.

It sounds like your climate there is just perfect for enjoying a quilt most of the year.😁

Susan said...

what a nurturing gift. Love the colours especially the purple/green. My BFF in the real world is a quilter. I can barely sew a straight line. Her skill always amazes me. I have been to quilting shows with her because I love the artistry. I admit I peel off when she starts clucking over sewing machine parts and threads.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, I'm so glad you got a lovely quilt all your own!! And it will thrill the maker to know that you love it.