Monday, November 12, 2007



Last night, I was thinking over poetry and quilts, how to fuse them and how my experiences with creating them are also divergent.  The source of my poetry is memory; the source of my quilts is emotion.  One source is historical; the other current.  My imagination bends them both.   One is audible; the other visual. This is something I need to keep repeating to myself as I attempt to facilitate over this mixed marriage without one imposing over the other.

Quiltlets Three

Img006_2 This is a partial view of quiltlet 3.  I wanted to add some bead work particularly inside the squares and triangles to kick back the horizontal seam which is like a small crook in my neck, but I decided it would throw off the other 2 quiltlets which I didn't want to add bead work, and since I want them hung together, no beading.

The binding works (versus no binding at all) because it allows the activity going on in the surface to rest.

Pay It Forward

The winners of my PIF challenge are Deb, Julaine, and I'm waiting to hear from Nikki.  Thank each of you and everyone who left a comment on my Blogoversary entry.  I always appreciate commentors and its additionally sweeter when I get comments from rare commentors and complete first timers.


  1. I love the quilting on this. Can't believe you are down to 2 weeks - yeah!

  2. re: poetry and quilts (or in fact, any visual art)...while you say that one is historical and the other is emotional, I can't separate the two. For me, they are inextricably intertwined because history is memory and memory is emotional. This is especially true for history that has personal meaning or involvement for the artist. And what about collective memory? That is history, too. If you leave them intertwined, one makes the other better and more meaningful, I think.
    Enough musing for one early morning! Thanks for this thought-provoking subject.

  3. I love this quiltlet, esp the quilting. The beadwork will be the icing on the cake. Glad to see you're creating

  4. Two weeks...this camera is taking forever (and I'm not even the one without it!) Watch, you'll get it back and not want to photograph anything.
    I love what you wrote about your poetry and your fabric work. Definitely keep it for an artist statement. I think that you do work your poetry into your visual work simply by the choices that you make. The actual clarity of words can't be seen, but the emotional translation of them is always spread around in there. It would be wonderful to have a room filled with your work and an audio presentation through the air of you reading your words.

  5. I really enjoy the way the quilting creates a mandala superimposed on the more random shape placement of the fabric designs. Was thinking of you yesterday when I unearthed a sketchbook full of my poetry that I had intended as a gift for my mother in the holiday season she died two weeks before I could deliver the book. Have not looked at it in a long time and had forgotten I included abstract line drawings with most of the poems. Feels like a treasure trove at this point in life when I have not been as-one with my poetry for quite a number of years.

  6. OOOOUUUU .. this new piece is fine !Those eggplant colored fabrics that you dyed are divine - nice job ! Can't wait to see your next piece you do !

  7. I am enjoying your process. I love the colors and the combination of all three fabrics.
    Your quilting is great and your poetry is written all over your piece. In the warp and weft, tucks and fold, stitch and bead, line and space between it.

  8. I am really enjoying your 'quiltlets'! Love the prints, colours and stitchings. Hope there is more to come.
    Those aubergine shades are delish!