Wednesday, April 20, 2011


(click on any of the smaller pictures for a larger view)

a song to listen to:

I unwrapped my oil spill quilt yesterday
(read more about The Oil Spill Quilt)

it was a sunny day 
(unusual for here)

the fabric was soaked through

but as I unfolded and unfolded again,

it appeared to be o.k.

the underside of it has the worst damage

but the front has only a few spots and considerable fading

it really is quite small in reality

my dog standing guard

drying in the sun

and a heart

what will I be doing with it next?

I need to back it and bat it
then make it suitable for hanging

it was making me sad
now, it makes me happy

and about the oil spill?
only time will tell.


Lynn said...

I watched a whole news story about a movie being made about just one of the birds rescued from that oil spill. "Bird Number 395" Or something like that, I probably have not remembered the exact number correctly. But keep an eye out for it.
They follow this birds progress from rescue to now.

I love your quilt too and am glad it did not get too "damaged" on the front. But it had to go through this process to BE what it is representing! I understand that.
It is such a beautiful tribute! And I feel your feelings of taking it through!

Jeanie Callaghan said...

I really can't find the words to comment on this. Heartbreaking but uplifting at the same time. You have put yourself through all of this for your artistic creation to be born. I'm grateful I was able to read this.

Elizabeth said...

Wow! Here's the unveiling. How cool --

Halle said...

I'm so amazed at how little damage it took over the 153 days. It's a beautiful piece.
Love the heart you captured as well.

*jean* said...

oo it is beautiful...truly beautiful...what a positiive example to set for your to help mend a heartache...xo

sukipoet said...

great post, even with music. the quilt is beautiful, it's worn and stained spots make it even more beautiful. a great idea you had! And yr guard dog is a cutie.

Kim Mailhot said...

making beautiful art from horrible events is the job of many an artist, Kim. Your work is beautiful.

~*~Patty S said...

I thought about your special quilt when I heard that today was the first anniversary of the oil spill have a way Kimmie of channeling sad and hard times into some beautiful and lovely that you share your art...BIG hugs to you...and the size was part of the surprise :)

McIrish Annie said...

the stitching really stands out now. it looks great

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

The earth has i fused this quilt with spirit and it will be more beautiful becuase of it. xox Corrine

Yvonne said...

Oh my, this post really touched me and brought back the feelings I had when the oil spill first occured. I think your quilt will be beautiful, even though it has come through a lot. Maybe that's the way the Gulf will be too, along with all it's wildlife....eventually.

La Dolce Vita said...

life springs eternal as evidence by your gorgeous quilt!
happy Easter!

rebecca said...

i love your hands and heart
marking time,
telling the
important stories.
life stitch by stitch
in honoring.

lynda Howells said...

fantastic l have been waiting ages to see this unwrappedxxxxwell donexxxlyndax

Anonymous said...

Kimmie, you always amaze me afresh.
The beauty and depth of your artistry washes over me, cleansing and nourishing.
You are life giving and an inspiration, a treasure to God and all who know you and to those who pause to catch a glimpse of His love and work in you. Thank you!

ooglebloops said...

I am so happy that the weathering added more character and did not ruin it!!! You are way more adventurous than I!!!This quilt is a jewel!!!!

neva gagliano said...

this is so touching

perhaps symbolic of the beauty of
nature's elements changing and
regenerating, recreating in good time

voodoo vixen said...

So glad to see the quilt survived the winter and now it will be made up in all it's aged glory as a stunning reminder of a tragic event.

C.S. Weaver said...

I'm just checking out your blog and being amazed and inspired by your creativity and originality and lo and behold I come to "something to listen to" and find my fav singer-songwriter of all time, Van the Man Morrison singing an acoustic version of one of my fav songs of his! MADE MY DAY!