Friday, April 9, 2010

My Hobbies



So, I'm going to admit something that I have thus far withheld from the world wide webs.




I love quilts.





I could stare at a quilting magazine all day.

I love the piecing.

I love the free-motion sewing.

I love that people combine odd color combinations to create beautiful masterpieces.

I love the creativity that goes in every step of the quilting process.

So, it should come as no surprise that when I see a quilt at a historical center, or fabric store, or hotel lobby, I stop and stare at it, closely at first, and then once I gain an appreciation for the quilter's skill in the details, I step back and take in the whole thing.

I've even stopped women in the grocery store, and stared at the covered babies in car seats, and whispered to them, "What a beautiful baby quilt!" Sometimes I forget to comment on the actual baby.

I was at a doctor's office and noticed a quilt on the wall. I had noticed other quilts in their hallways, but I had never seen this quilt before, so I went to look at it.





The colors of this quilt are bright and beautiful. Some of the pieces we see here are about an inch in size! The free-motion quilting was done with a machine, but hand guided to make those beautiful, and complex designs that quilt the pieced layer together with the batting and the bottom layer. The stitches are small and even, and it was obvious that this was done by an extremely talented quilter.

After staring at the minute details, I took a step back to take in the whole quilt.















But within seconds, I gave the quilt a double take...











WHAT???













AAAAAACCCCKKKK!!! Is that a picture of a double uterus???













And those images that looked abstract, weren't so abstract anymore.




They were actual pictures....
of actual internal organs....

of actual humans.







As I stood there, mouth and eyes wide open, the quilter in me began to cry...

while the science buff in me gave it a standing ovation.




14 comments:

Courtney said...

Oh. My.
This post did not at all go where I thought it was going to go.

Pam C. said...

Is "ovation" a pun? That is really unbelievable. I'm not much of a quilter, but my Mom was, and I can't imagine someone putting that kind of work into a medical illustration!

By the way, as a quilt fan, you should check out my friend, Annalia's, blog.
http://mamaliaandthehooligans.blogspot.com/

Princess Danell said...

Bahahaaaa!

MamaBear said...

i love this quilt and your commentary (especially your commentary) so much i had to link to it. i'm kind of speechless - as much as _I_ EVER am. :D

(i've been stalking you for some time. and always always enjoy it!)

Miranda said...

That's awesome. You should look at this too: http://purecontemporary.blogs.com/behind_the_curtains/2008/03/uterus-vase.html

J.B. said...

I have been stalking you silently for a bit. But today I just had to express my delight with your discovery. Thank you for sharing it.

Brooke said...

When I got to that second shot I began to wonder ... and then it was so much better than I had hoped for!

Karin said...

WHAT? Speechless.

gurrbonzo said...

Are you falopian' kidding me???!

Amy said...

Love your comments on Seriously So Blessed, but your blog is even better! I'll be back (mwah ha ha ha).

婷妏JereM_Wacker1217 said...

It's great!!..........................................

Jamie said...

That quilt is just wrong! Sick and wrong!

Brooklyn said...

I wonder if the sperm bank has a man-quilt similar to that? Do take pictures please if you ever see one!

Token Asian Friend said...

Brooklyn: I'm not sure if my husband would let me take pictures in a sperm bank. I'm not sure if he'd even let me go in a sperm bank. But, I bet I could make a quilt for one ;)