"Bittersweek Geckos" by Jessie

These are my bittersweet Geckos.   

A few years ago I got a call that my Mother was not doing well. She'd been living in the nursing home for more then 7 yrs. and had developed yet another bout of Pneumonia. Her MS had robbed her of her ability to move, and talk, and although she could hear, her vision was badly deteriorated. I desperately needed a project to take along to work on while I sat at her bedside, and I wanted one that had enough contrast and bright colors that she'd be able to see some of it.        

My dear friend had just returned from a trip to Mexico, and had collected a half-dozen hammered tin geckos to hang on the walls surrounding her garden. I used her collection as a springboard and came up with this little lizard.  The original was completed only days before Mom passed away...  Her smile when I showed it to her was the last communication she shared before she slipped into coma.     

Not long after her funeral, I was again desperately in need of quilt therapy. The original Gecko was done with about 10 different fabrics to create the red/yellow gradiation on his back. On Gecko II, I decided to see what would happen if I only used one fabric for the flying geese. I chose a wild (and rather ugly) print and paired it with the ugliest orange I owned.  I sent pictures of them to Quiltmaker magazine and was amazed when they picked up the pattern!

I wonder what Mom would have thought of that?? I guess it was a triumph born out of tragedy.  


Gramma Di wrote re: "Bittersweek Geckos" by Jessie
on Friday, 9 July 2010, 10:37 AM

Your Mom would be smiling!!!  Thanks for sharing your "bittersweet gecko" story -- both quilts are fantastic.

Emma wrote re: "Bittersweek Geckos" by Jessie
on Friday, 9 July 2010, 12:55 PM

Touching, beautiful...yes, bittersweet and yet adorable geckos...even the "ugly" fabrics turned out lovely! May the Lord give balm to your heart. God's blessings!

gini wrote re: "Bittersweek Geckos" by Jessie
on Friday, 9 July 2010, 4:36 PM

jessie, those are wonderful patterns    gini

Nana wrote re: "Bittersweek Geckos" by Jessie
on Friday, 9 July 2010, 10:16 PM

Jessie your quilts are beautiful and your story was so heartwarming.  Your mother is definitely smiling down on you and your quilts.

Kris wrote re: "Bittersweek Geckos" by Jessie
on Friday, 9 July 2010, 10:46 PM

Thanks for sharing your wonderfully touching story with us Jessie. I like your geckos.

Suzette wrote re: "Bittersweek Geckos" by Jessie
on Saturday, 10 July 2010, 5:48 AM

Your story really touched me.  I love the geckos.  I can't say which one I love more.  They are both wonderful.

chocake2 wrote re: "Bittersweek Geckos" by Jessie
on Sunday, 11 July 2010, 12:55 PM

Oh Rats! I goofed  again when I posted pics in Show & Tell. I forgot to ID myself properly.  Please..call me Chocake2, or CC for short.

Jean wrote re: "Bittersweek Geckos" by Jessie
on Friday, 16 July 2010, 6:50 PM

Very touching story of both your Mother and the quilt.  Both are beautiful to be sure!

edohnalek@hotmail.com wrote re: "Bittersweek Geckos" by Jessie
on Monday, 19 July 2010, 9:43 PM

Jessie, you are very creative - this is a wonderful pattern! I bet your mom would have loved it. How wonderful that the magazine accepted your pattern, too - they were sure smart to do so :-)

Have a Question? | About Us | Privacy Policy | Join Today © 2017 F+W All rights reserved.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.