Friday, May 18, 2012

The Story Behind The Cover ~ Pat Winter's Summer Issue


I was so honored to have my work on the cover of "Crazy Quilt Gatherings" for the Summer 2012 issue!
I'd like to share the story behind the cottage print, one I have not shared until now.
Lilla LeVine had mentioned on her blog in 2010 that she had created a cottage painting and had copied onto muslin if anyone was interested. I immediately contacted her to purchase it.
When it arrived, I sent an email to thank her  ~ her reply left me stunned.

the cottage print as it arrived from Lilla

the cottage in process

She explained that in the summer of 2001, she was decorating an English tea room for two friends Colleen and Georgina in Honolulu.
The theme was "Cottage" so Lilla was painting and embroidering items for the decor.


The girls had been in New Zealand buying cups and china. Lilla and Colleen returned to Honolulu, Georgina went to the states to make some purchases.


On September 11, 2001 as Lilla and Colleen were at the tea shop, a call came in that Georgina was on flight 93 headed back to the Islands.
They tried calling her cell but she was already gone, a victim of the 9-11 attack.

Colleen never recovered and moved back to Canada with the original cottage painting.

One year later......she died of cancer and as Lilla put it, from a broken heart and spirit as well.

Colleen's daughter told Lilla the painting has never been found.


When Lilla shared this story with me I promised myself I would do something special with her beautiful cottage painting to honor her two friends. I wanted the piece to be overflowing with flowers, birds and butterfly's in flight and all the peace and joy a cottage garden brings.


Thanks to Pat Winter's masterful magazine, now this special cottage will live on in print.
It was a joy and privilege to do this work ~ I know you all would agree when there is purpose behind your stitches they become infused with love and meaning that can be felt.

In a way Lilla's cottage has been "found."
                           In Memory of Colleen and Georgina

 To a Butterfly

STAY near me--do not take thy flight!
A little longer stay in sight!
Much converse do I find in thee,
Historian of my infancy!
Float near me; do not yet depart!
Dead times revive in thee:
Thou bring'st, gay creature as thou art!
A solemn image to my heart,
My father's family!

Oh! pleasant, pleasant were the days,
The time, when, in our childish plays,
My sister Emmeline and I
Together chased the butterfly!
A very hunter did I rush
Upon the prey:--with leaps and springs
I followed on from brake to bush;
But she, God love her, feared to brush
The dust from off its wings.



by William Wordsworth ~ 1802

I used lace "bits" from Nicki Lee's etsy shop Raviolee Dreams
Silk Ribbon from  Pat Winter's etsy shop
Silk Ribbon and threads from Carol Daisy
Charms from Dime Store Emporium

17 comments:

Pat Winter said...

Oh my goodness! This gave me goosebumps.I am so glad you used this for the cover so the cottage will live on. So sad but sweet to know the story behind it.
Hugs,Pat

dime store daze said...

Oh My Lord This is beyond spectacular
your' handwork is superb.
may i show it on my blog?

dime store daze said...
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dime store daze said...

This is beyond spectacular
your handwork is superb,
may i show this on my website gallery?

Lilla said...

How lovely, and a beautiful work of art. The poem is charming.
I am feasting my eyes on all the detail you put in the cottage, so bright and colorful.
aloha Lilla

Laurie said...

Oh my gosh Terri,this is such a beautiful tribute. The story is so touching, and I think you did an amazing job. Thank-you for sharing with all of us.

Nicki Lee said...

Terri - what a moving story and a beautiuful tribute - tears are in my heart! Your work is stunning and I'm so excited for it to be featured on Pat's front cover to CQ Gatherings... simply beautiful -Congratulations!

Carol Daisy said...

Terri, You have done this painting proud. It looks so charming and welcoming. A cottage most of us would like to visit if only in our imagination.

Bluebell said...

What very sad story it made me go quite cold but what a lovely memorial for these two people and a lovely treatment of Lilla's painting.I have just ordered Pats Mag. I have them all and browse them constantly, your stitching is quite beautiful.
Jill

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Linda Walsh said...

Terri - what a beautiful story and wonderful way to honor them. Your embroidered cottage is just stunning. Thanks for sharing their story. Have a great day. Linda

Judy said...

What a poignant story.So glad I know this story behind your glorious creation.

FredaB said...

Hi Terri

I just read the story of your beautiful cottage. It brought tears to my eyes. We never know what life has in store for us. I felt for the two women who were never able to get their tearoom going.

You did them proud Terri.

Hugs

FredaB

Pam Kellogg said...

Thank you for sharing this story Terri. The cottage is beautiful.

Hugs, Pam

Mosaic Magpie said...

A wonderful tribute you have loving stitched. Knowing the story gives all the stitches voice.
Deb

Sharon said...

OH Terri this is wonderful.Thank you for sharing.

Renee said...

Your work is beautiful.

What a sad story, but so wonderful "their cottage" has been seen by so many.