Thursday, May 28, 2015

Plus Quilt Equals Love

At the beginning of the month, my dear friend Charne got married.
I knew this was coming.
In fact, when she called me last June to tell me that she was dating this particular young man, I determined that it was time to start her wedding quilt. This quilt was originally for Grey, but when I made my measurements, something was off. So instead of a twin-sized quilt, I ended up with an (almost) queen! I decided to quilt it with the lines from the Hymn "For the Beauty of the Earth."
I figured, if she didn't get married, it's not really a poem about weddings- although thanks to Little Women I always think of it as one.
I was able to quilt this on a long-arm machine myself, and I love the quilting on it so much. I'm sorry I don't have a better picture of it. It's essentially quilted with my hand-writing!
Even though this quilt has been done for OVER A YEAR, I never did a "quilt photoshoot," since I didn't want to post it to the blog and have Charne see it. And once I was ready to actually go to the wedding, I got caught up and forgot until we were there! I managed to get these mediocre pictures, and they'll suffice, since this isn't for a quilting magazine - just to preserve memories! (That's what I have to tell myself when I don't get the pictures I want.)
I love this beautiful girl, and I am excited for her to start her family- although it's hard to give her up. She is valuable part of our family. We love you, Aunt Charne!

This is the version of the poem that I quilted it with:

For the Beauty of the Earth

For the beauty of the earth,
   For the beauty of the skies,
For the Love which from our birth
   Over and around us lies:
Lord, our God, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour
   Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
   Sun and moon and stars of light:
Lord, our God, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
   Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above;
   For all gentle thoughts and mild:
Lord, our God, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

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Shantel said...

This is amazing! Maybe she'll let you borrow it to take a closer up picture. I'd love to see detail of the actual quilting. You are one talented lady.

MARCIE said...

Clever to quilt with a poem Becky. I bet Charne loves it.