Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ricci's Irish Linen Quilt

Every once in a while a quilt comes along that completely takes my breath away. The talent that some artists develop is almost incomprehensible to me.
Today I viewed such a quilt.
This stunning quilt started out as a piece of vintage Irish linen purchased by my friend Ricci Lindley. The original piece was a whole cloth with very little design. Ricci then asked Cindy Needham to work her magic.
Cindy works from her home in California, and does the stitching on a home machine. The bead work is done by hand.
Ricci originally purchased the vintage linen in 2001 while she was on a vacation in Dingle, Ireland. The exact date was September 11th, 2001. The reason Ricci can remember so vividly is because she purchased the linen in the morning Ireland time, and that afternoon heard of the devastation at the Trade Towers in New York. I think all of us will always remember the hourly details of that day.
Since then, the linens were tucked away waiting for something special, although Ricci wasn't sure exactly what.
In February 2009 Cindy came to St. George and taught classes for Superior Threads School of Threadology. Ricci was Cindy's helper and they became instant friends.
When Ricci saw Cindy's beautiful work she knew right away what she wanted for her Irish linen.
Cindy went back home to California and blogged several posts as she worked on Ricci's quilt.
You can read her posts Here.
Cindy often helps Superior Threads at Trade Shows. A few weeks ago, she and Ricci were assigned to be room mates as they worked the MQX show in New Hampshire.
It was 11:30 at night when Cindy arrived at their room. Ricci was already in bed, but was completely alert when Cindy brought the quilt out of her suitcase.
Ricci said she was so overtaken with the beauty of the work she immediately started crying.
Just hearing her tell me the story made me cry too. Cindy has been so generous with her time and amazing talents. She truly is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.
The back of the quilt is almost as beautiful as the front.
Cindy took a doily and wrote an Irish Blessing.
She used an antique pillowcase for the label and sleeve.
What a treasure.


Sherri said...

This is absolutely gorgeous...just amazing! I am always just in awe of women who can machine quilt like that with their home machines!

Micki said...

It is beautiful and being from Ireland, you know I would love it.It is just gorgeous!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful quilt! What a great story too. Unbelievable that she puts her ideas on the quilt from a home machine.

Abby and Stephanie said...

Stunning! No other word describes it. I love the label...just perfect.

Debbie said...

Thos is so beautiful! She is an amazing quilter!

Material Mary said...

I would have to say exquisite and stunning. I don't think the word beautiful has enough punch. What a talent that girl has.

Dawn said...

Wow!! I am awe struck!! I can't even imagine what it looks like in person because the pictures are gorgeous! How wonderful!

Nanette Merrill said...

Inspiring and amazing, beautiful and timeless, artistic and classic. I could go on!

dotti white said...

Nedra--thank you for sharing that beautiful irish quilt. My dad's family was from Ireland and I love all things irish. I love how projects like this draw people together! Have a wonderful day!