Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Art Quilt Inspiration

Photograph copyright Walter W. Leach

In my last post I alluded to a new project that I am excited about. Okay, it's not even a project yet, just an inspiration. Our local newspaper has a feature that publishes readers' photographs and the stories behind them. When I saw the photograph and story by Walter Leach in the North Raleigh News section of the News and Observer, I just stared and stared. Then I cut it out and started trying to contact the N&O to find out how to get in touch with Mr. Leach. After about a month I got an e-mail address, and about a week later I received permission from the gentleman to make a quilt derived from this picture.

Here is the beautiful accompanying story:

In October of 2003, I had the opportunity to take my wife, Elizabeth, to the Grand Canyon (her first visit). As we were enjoying the magnificent views for the south rim, this old and twisted tree caught my attention. This lonely sentinel in such an exposed site, showing such determination and strength, moved me. I took the one picture and moved on. When I saw the results I was so taken with this symbol that I have a copy hanging on my family room wall.

My wife had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1997 and fought it courageously with an upbeat outlook on life until she no longer had the strength to continue in August 2006. This picture reminds me of her faith, strength and love.

Walter Leach

With his written permission, Walter commented to me that he was sure his beloved wife, Elizabeth, would be proud.


I hope that I will get this right.


Vicki W said...

That photo is spectacular! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Unknown said...

What a touching story with the photograph. It brought tears to my eyes. I hope to see the quilt it inspires.

Cathie said...

Jeanne - I got chills reading that little story. What a wonderful inspiration for your art quilt -- and I don't mean the "photograph" (albeit beautiful).

You WILL get it right - I know you will. Can't wait to watch your journey with this one. How special.
P.S. Have a wonderful MOther's Day!