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Tanka Poem: Quilt

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Multicolored squares
Sewn lovingly together
Patterns soon reveal
The quilter's heartfelt story
Preserved for generations

Author's note:
My mother was a quilter as was her mother.
Piecing and quilting quilts is a skill that has been passed down through the generations in my family. I love quilts, always have. They beckon to be touched. Fabric beckons to be cut and sewn into patterns. I wrote this Tanka in honor of my Mother and my Oma.
The zentangle I choose to publish with my poem is called Adeline, my Mother's name.
Sue Jacobs created this zentangle and named it for her Mom. This zentangle has been in my sketchbook for the longest time. It was unfinished until today. As I flipped through my sketchbook, I saw a quilt pattern! This is an elaborate zentangle that requires exact measurements on a grid. I added the stitch marks to mimic my Mother's hand quilting stitches.
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    Wow, so cool. I just started zentangles, and I love quilting. Haven't done it in a long time though. I'm not sure my hands would let me now even if I had the time. I finished a quilt that my mother and grandmother and great grandmother all worked on a few years ago, one of those hexagonal square quilts. What a cool feeling that was...

    I love the drawing, it makes me think of the ribbon work I've seen in some needlework and quilting.
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    2281 days ago
    Oh, Cynthia, your poem is sooo PRECIOUS!! I love how "patterns soon reveal the quilter's hearthfelt story," and how they "beckon to be touched," but how you chose to honor your Mother and your Oma as you did this - so you helped me feel the tears and the love from you for them. When you told me about your zentangle, and how you gave this long unfinished task, COMPLETION with her name - your mother's beautiful name - and I look at such a delicate beauty of a zentangle, and I am very deeply touched and grateful. I just want to thank you for sharing this most beautiful journey, with me!! emoticon
    2303 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/25/2014 8:03:30 PM
    This is AWESOME!!!! I LOVE it!!!! My GGM & GM were both quilters & tatters!! I learned some when I was young & it is one of the things I am going to do when I get settled in my new home!! My distant cousin is a fabric artist & she "paints" pictures with a quilt!! Her quilts look like they were painted on a canvas!! It is amazing!!!! She has shown her work all over the world & even was asked to do & did an ornament for the White House!! Her business is Marigold Creations, I think!! She is my Mom's sister's adopted daughter!! We were together a lot as kids & were in each others weddings, but haven't seen her since the early 70's!! We do exchange Christmas cards each year!! LOL!!!! She was an odd duck, quite cold as a person!! LOL!!!!

    Thank you for sharing!!!! emoticon
    2303 days ago
    emoticon Cynthia! You've done an honour to you mother and Oma and the next generations too!
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    This is marvellous, Cynthia. I love the way the thought develops from present to past and back - in such a compact verse! And the tangle goes with the sentiment and image perfectly. emoticon
    2304 days ago
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