Sunday, October 12, 2008

She Who Affords Joy

I finished hand-stitching the binding on this baby quilt last night while watching "Antwone Fisher" on television. (It was a good movie, too.) The quilt is a leader-ender project that came to the fore, as I've discovered these quilts are wont to do. It is made entirely from Civil War reproduction fabrics, machine pieced, and hand quilted.

It is a gift for a new baby I haven't met yet, the daughter of a sophisticated New York couple I've come to know over the past couple of years through the fascinating world of cyberspace. Mom has roots not terribly far from Philadelphia and writes a tasteful food blog. Dad is one of the best writers I know. Subtlety is not one of his gifts, and he's made me cry as often as he's made me laugh through pieces he has written.

This couple chose a sophisticated, modern first name for their daughter. A lot of people seem to understand its significance. It's a pretty name, but not one I can relate to.

Her middle name, now, that's a different story. It is Grace, a charmingly ironic choice for a dad who is a professed avid non-believer. Be that as it may, I suspect the little girl is well named.

The New Testament word for grace is in Greek charis -- χαρις -- and means "that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness," and pretty much sums up the feelings my friends have shared about their baby. I can't wait to meet her.


5 comments:

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Nancy your baby quilt is just gorgeous.

Mary said...

I love this little nine patch quilt - I don't usually sash mine but it adds a lot in this quilt.

graceamazes said...

Send my regards to the new mom and dad -- and baby "... Grace" too! Are you going to deliver in person?

Karen Dianne Lee said...

A lovely post and what a GREAT NINE PATCH! I dig it.

Jayne said...

Nancy, we've received the quilt and of course a more formal thank you is on the way... but I wanted to post on here that it's even more beautiful than the photo shows. You had no way of knowing this, but the colors go perfectly in her room, which is in browns, mauves, and pinks. I am so honored to have your quilt for Inara Grace.