Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A pleasant surprise

This past week I took my kids on an outing to a local museum. I'd heard it had a new section with lots of hands on stuff for kids, and I figured I might get a glimpse of some of the art too. And it was free. Of course, my kids (mainly 2 of them) whined the whole way that they didn't want to go. After a couple of 'stop whining' threats and one drastic "Let's go home then" U-turn, we finally arrived. And of course they loved the exhibit and had a ball. So much so that they didn't want to leave. So while they were making 'stained-glass windows' with markers and vellum paper, I decided to peak around the corner and still keep my eye on them. Look what I found!
This quilt was amazing! All of the fabrics were solids. Usually I don't love quilts that are all solids because I think prints bring some interesting texture to the quilt, but this one was so busy I think it's the only way it could have been done. Look at the close-up of these teeny little log-cabin blocks that make up the rays of the stars.
And then step back and look at the big picture. Spectacular. I can't remember where it came from, but I want to say Tahiti. (I wasn't playing close attention because I was trying to keep my eyes on the kids at the same time.) I snapped just a few quick pictures that definitely don't do justice to the work of art. Wow.

Many thanks for the encouragement about moving. I'm sure it will be insane in the process, but the end result will be wonderful. One of the sad things, besides moving farther away from wonderful friends, is leaving my wooden fence and all of its personality behind. That fence has been an emotional part of my summer. But I'll save that for another post.

20 comments:

girlsmama said...

Being a local, what museum?

Kimberly said...

That is something! What a lot of work! I remember my FIL saying I wcas crazy to cut up good fabric only to sew it back together again. I'm glad I'm not alone in this obsession!

And enjoy your move! I personally love to move... the whole process. I can't wait until our basement gets finished and we can list. We're both hoping the next one will be THE one...

Fiesta said...

Thank you for sharing that quilt. It is spectacular!

Kim said...

Wow! I've never seen a quilt like this and that's what makes it so spectacular. Again. . .WOW!!! Amazingly beautiful. Thanks for looking around the corner or we would've missed this treasure!

Moving? Where are you moving? Utah? I hope so!

The Rabbit Factory said...

Oh my gosh...I can't stop hyperventing!@!#@@! What an amazing quilt! That truly is spectacular piecing! Thanks for sharing! Do you know who made the quilt?

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Beautiful! I love all the texture the seams add - I'm curious to know which museum too, and more about the fence. . . :)

Jackie said...

That quilt is just amazing!! I love it too. Unbelievable!! I am just getting caught up on my blog reads and read your post about moving. Don't fret, things always work out. Look at it as an adventure not only for yourself, but your children.

Sara said...

That quilt is incredible! I usually shy away from all solids too, but wow!!!

dotti white said...

Amy...amazing quilt! What fun for you to have a creative treat for you to enjoy! If you get a moment in your busy schedule, check out my new blog design and let me know what you think! Have an awesome week!

GARI said...

What a great find. And if you are talking about the fence you use for pictures, I don't blame you for hating to leave it.

americanfamily said...

I've tried to call you six times in the last two days...where are you moving!!? Closer to my end of the valley I hope. I'm so excited for you!

The Quilt Buddy said...

Wow this is awesome! It just goes to show you how beautiful quilts are when you stand back and look at them from a far.

The log cabins are really cute.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

wow! now that is some serious inspiration! that one goes int eh fab file! fantastic.

Katy said...

wow - I'm not usually one for solids quilt either, but that is simple stunning. I think I have to go back and take another look at the pictures.

All the very best of luck with your move, just remember that once you pack up the boxes and arrive in the new place there is only one thing that matters - that you are all together and made it safely. School can wait a week or so, unpacking can be done tomorrow, or whenever, take out food can be eaten for as long as it takes to get the kitchen sorted and it will be a very, very exciting adventure.

Nedra said...

Wow! Beautiful quilt! What museum did you go to? I do go to your area from time to time.

Lori Sume said...

where are you moving and when? email me. lori@justlori.com

alobsiger said...

AMAZING, amazing quilt! WOW!

http://shooflyquiling.blogspot.com said...

Wow! what a beautiful quilt. I love visiting museums!

Aunt Spicy said...

wow! I think I would have been friends with the kind of creative spirit who made that quilt! Its gorgeous!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I admit I have bad feelings about the Springville Quilt Show. I won't grumble here. There are some lovely lovely quilts though. I will admit that.