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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Epiphany!


Epiphany is one of my favorite words. I just love the way it feels on my tongue and rings in my ears. This is a great definition of Epiphany: a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.

I just finished putting the binding on the star quilt so all that is left to do is turn it to the back and hand stitch it down, along with the hanging sleeve. (I think I like hanging sleeves...they easily take up a 1/2yard of fabric out of the stash!)

These blocks sat in a baggie for 14 months...and I just didn't know how they were going to go together. There were too many "friendship" stars....some spun one way, some spun the other. A really weird combination of fabrics from light pastels (with green, yellow and pink in them!) when the fabrics were supposed to be blue and white (or cream) some old heart prints (we are talking 1980's here folks!) and metallics....calicos, solids, plaids, stripes, dots, florals, you name it, it is in here. I just did not know how to pull it all together!

That's when Epiphany happened. Simple, even homely,common-place blocks yelled at me from their baggie to JUST DO IT! Just quit stewing and get out on the floor and start laying them out and dare to PLAY. Voila...Epiphany. I couldn't believe that I had this top together so fast after having the blocks for 14 months. I started quilting last night, and here it is ready to do the binding. Epiphany! Sometimes it just works. It's that aha moment when things just click.

Epiphany seems like a fitting name for this quilt.

I'm off to bind.....
Bonnie

24 comments:

Carol said...

Bonnie it is absolutely beautiful!

Alena said...

I love your epiphany, Bonnie, what an awsome quilting, it is a beauty... as usual :o)

Nancy said...

It might sat for 14 months while you stewed over it but you sure did pull it all together into a beautiful quilt.

Dawn said...

I still love that border too! It is so much fun! It looks wonderful! You are so talented - things you touch just seem to shine!

Angie said...

Oh Bonnie, I love it!! It really turned out fantastic!!

Owens Family Adventures said...

Bonnie...your quilt is just lovely!!! You are truly a master and we should all bow before you!! Have a wonderful day and happy "delurking week".
dawn

Patti said...

What a marvelous looking quilt. Your "learning" is a lesson for all of us. To many quilters are so hung up on the idea that everything in a quilt must "go" together. This is so much more interesting!

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Elaine Adair said...

Another great job, Bonnie - thanks for posting it for all of us to see what can be done if you just "git 'r dun"!

quiltpixie said...

the quilting has really added a unifying feel to the quilt. You've "done good" :-)

Shelina said...

This is a beautiful quilt. You did a great job.

Ms. Jan said...

Awesome Bonnie! You are so clever at combining things. =)

Jodie said...

The quilt is lovely Bonnie, you are such a finisher!

joyce said...

It's gorgeous. Sometimes things just have to await their time and then they go together like magic.

Beth said...

it is GORGEOUS! Don't you wish those Ah HA moments would come more frequently tho? I had some Ohio star blocks that were too small...took me 10 YEARS to figure those out! GEEZE...I was a baby quilter tho...in my defense! HA!

Clare said...

I love "aha moments"! That is one gorgeous quilt.

mereth said...

It looks like the old Bonnie is back, just as productive as ever! That cruise must have done you the world of good, the batteries are recharged and she's firing on all cylinders....

EileenKNY said...

Bonnie, you just had to wait until they spoke to you. And when you did, voila! Love the quilt and the quilting.

Inga Helene said...

Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!

Inga

anne bebbington said...

A fitting name for a gorgeous quilt!

Sonja Nelson said...

Stunning quilt, & great name for it too!

Sandra said...

I feel so silly, this post brought tears to my eyes and goosbumps on my skin! I love the title of the quilt, love the way it all fell together and that it all clicked for you. It was fun finding my block. I hope you really enjoy this special quilt :-)

Caitlin said...

What a gorgeous quilt! Well done, Bonnie - you are amazing!

Cheryl said...

Fantastic quilt and fitting name! Do you find that your epiphanies usually came during certain times? I love those moments right before falling asleep and right before full wakefulness hits me.

Samantha said...

Great epiphany- it looks wonderful!