Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Merry Christmas to Me!!!!!

Isn't it gorgeous? This quilt top was given to me by my Uncle Greg. It is just so stunning. Some of you might remember his "fish chowder" quilt from the Chicago quilt show back in April. This one is a Jinny Beyer pattern called "sea mark." There are 64 blocks- a large king-size, and there are over 50 pieces per block. All hand pieced. Can you believe that? He made tons of hand-painted and hand-stamped fabrics in this quilt and it is so much fun just to look at it and discover all it's little treasures. I can tell you, I was overwhelmed by such a generous gift and I must have cried for a week. But I'm bouncing back. Living with it has been a joy and I can hardly wait to quilt it- but I will have to live with it a bit longer to decide what to do on it- I want it to be just right. I seriously considered hiring that job out- I am such a wimp! But I have come to my senses. Even if I can't do nearly as good a job as some of you here, I still want to do it, myself, for sentimental reasons. Every time I look at it, I am just amazed. Uncle Greg said that there were too many "imperfections" in it to enter it into a quilt show. I don't see any, but maybe he was just saying that so I'd feel better about taking it. He did put the condition on receiving it that I use it. How could I not? Uncle Greg isn't in good health and I know he'd appreciate prayers- such talent!! And dedication in adversity. Like most quilts, it's more than just a quilt. It says a lot about the person who made and maybe something about the person who receives it.

20 comments:

teelduo said...

It is GORGEOUS and so YOU!!!

Harriett said...

How stunning. And what a treasure. I am sure you will do a wonderful job on the quilting.
I kept trying to zoom in closer and closer to see the detail.
Enjoy!

Peni said...

WOW and DOUBLE WOWOW! I'm sure Greg had good reasons for bestowing that work of art upon the person who could/would most appreciate it! You will do it justice when you decide, I know!

XOXOXOXOXOXXO Mom

quiltpixie said...

What a beautiful quilt! WOW

Dawn said...

WOW! I remember Uncle Greg's quilt at the quilt show! This one is amazing too!

Sarah said...

Wow! Of course you love it, it has orange in it! It is simply amazing - everything he does is! Can't wait to see how you quilt it! Miss you!

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Isn't it gorgeous? YES! YES! WOW! WOW!
Uncle Greg does outstanding work. I took alot of photos of the Chicago show but I do not remember "Fish Chowder". I can't remember what I saw yesterday. Please tell me more about the quilt because I want to see if I have a photo of it.

You will be part of the quilt if you quilt it yourself. Go for it!

Tonya R said...

Your uncle is incredibly talented. How lucky you are to have received this beauty.

paula, the quilter said...

That is one purely stunning quilt. I love the play of the lights and darks and to use BOTH pink and orange. Wow!

Angie said...

W.O.W. WHAT AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING QUILT!!!!!!!

Helen said...

Lucky you!

Tracey said...

Wow, it is just gorgeous!

Sewcatherine said...

Beautiful....and so fun to have a family with multiple quilters.

Isobel said...

I had seen this before and I still am of the same opinion---WOW. For those of you who remember the Fish Chowder quilt, it is now in my guest room, just waiting for me to repaint the room to showcase this quilt. I was quite overwhelmed when I received this gift for Christmas. I believe Greg was playing Santa this year.

Darcie...Quilting By Darcie said...

I am in awe! Speechless. Dumbfounded. Now I so understand why you were blown away by your Uncle Greg's offer!

Your having this magnificent quilt has already increased its value.

Shelina said...

That is an amazingly beautiful quilt! I'm sure it was a lot of time and effort to hand dye the fabric, cut all those tiny pieces, plan such a stunning arrangements, sew all those angles. I think you are right to want to quilt it yourself.

Laura said...

All I can say is WOW, Lucky lucky you! It is stunning!

Lucy said...

What a gift nines !!! beautiful

I like your new colors

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

It's spectacular - what a quilt!

teodo said...

your uncle is fantastic and quilt is wonderfull
ciao ciao from Italy