Sunday, July 17, 2011

Another AAQI Finish

 No, I shouldn't have embroidered the quote from e e cummings; I should have printed it on muslin and stitched it on.  I shouldn't have capitalized the first "i" and I shouldn't have used that thick pearl cotton.  Or I should have done a better job of centering, etc.  But I didn't do any of those things.  Nor did I undo the stitching and begin again more carefully.  It is what it is.

   i carry your heart with me
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart)i am never without i t(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

Even if cummings intended it as a love poem, the last line seems to me to be about all kinds of love including husband/wife, parent/child....  I mean, even if it is metaphoric, don't we all carry the hearts of those we love within us?

In keeping with finding scraps, etc. from other projects (or just stuff I do for personal entertainment), I decided to use this piece of embroidery, done quite a while back for no real purpose, for another little quilt.  I've melted and stitched down some black netting over it.

I worked on the above while watching William & Mary with Martin Clunes.  I love Martin Clunes in Doc Martin, and it is strange to see him so much younger (and less Asperger's).        :)

Watching/listening to Netflix DVDs while I'm in the studio is something I really enjoy. 

I watched Rain Shadow while working on the "i carry your heart" quilt.  One thing I like about British and Australian shows is the fact that the actresses are allowed to look human. 



  1. Wow, Jenclair, is there a poet we don't share? I enjoy teaching Cummings, though I haven't taught this particular poem. So between us we have six quilts. Since we both say we have others in our heads, how about one more. I think I can get one out by week's end.

  2. I don't have a problem with the way you did this AAQI piece at all.

  3. Mary - At this rate, we will soon see if there is a poet we don't share! I usually taught the cummings poem as a companion to Philip Sidney's "My True-Love Hath My Heart" because I taught Brit Lit. Not that it ever stopped me when talking about poetry when there are so many American poets that I love.

    I'm good with one more quilt; in fact, I'm having trouble putting this project to rest.

    Debra - Thanks, you! I just wish I'd thought a bit before starting the text.

  4. I love the poem and think it looks great just the way it is :)

  5. Why Not Sew? - Thanks, Erin! I really enjoyed looking at your birdie quilts!


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