Cary Grant and Chunk Quilting

We just rented, back-to-back, An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle. Ah, Cary Grant.

I never noticed, in all the times I’ve watched that flick, how much screen time Cary Grant has to spend just standing around, reacting to things.  He’s very good at it  (duh Pam!).

Remember the scene at the end when he goes into her bedroom, spots the painting and realized that SHE is the woman in the wheelchair, that SHE tried to make their rendezvous, that she LOVES him so much she did not let him know she was seriously injured (this is some sort of convoluted Hollywood thinking called plot device but still, it jerks my tears every time) and he reacts, and then he looks so chagrined and in love…ah where was I?

Now that is fine acting. Never overdone. But always very clear.

The same fine acting comes at the end of Sleepless, when Tom Hanks’ character gets his son — who has been waiting all day and evening on the Empire State Building’s observation deck — and Hanks grabs him and says something like: we’re okay aren’t we? Wow! I defy anyone to stay dry-eyed.

But it’s not really the same – because Cary Grant is talking to the woman he loves. And Tom Hanks is talking to his son. And, moving though that is, it’s not romantic. The way all of An Affair is totally romantic.

I thought An Affair would be dated and it was. But it didn’t matter. I know most of the lines and it didn’t matter. I knew what was coming and it only made it better.

How does this relate to Chunk Quilting? in fact, what is chunk quilting?

Chunk quilting is piecing a top together in discrete sections. Preferably sections that reduce the number of long straight seams, since those can get really out of whack when one is thinking about the final scene in An Affair to Remember and how Deborah Kerr wiped the tears off both her face and Cary Grant’s face. Not that he’s crying really. Just that she’s so sweet doing that.

And thinking about how nobody just says Cary. I bet not even his closest friends called him just Cary. It sounds wrong. Don’t you always say CaryGrant? My point exactly. He is CaryGrant. He is not a Cary. I’m not sure who really is a Cary. But he is fully and definitely a CaryGrant.

So I am figuring out what smaller units I can put my quilt together in which will eliminate most of the long tedious straight seams.

quilting chunks

And I am feeling appreciative that one of the most important plot devices in An Affair is the hand-made shawl. It’s not a quilt but it IS a handmade work of fiber art.

And that feels swell. There could not have been a movie without a fiber artist making a piece of wearable art. So truly An Affair is all about quilting in the sense that it’s about appreciating fiber art.

Which gives me the umph to get this top pieced and yes, quilted, so I can get the next quilt started. CaryGrant would want me to do this. That’s all the incentive I need.