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A Tribute to Celia

By Joline
This is the last in my quilt show series.
This quilt was made in honor of Celia Thaxter, a beloved American poet and gardener who spent her childhood on various islands with her father, a lighthouse keeper. She was a contemporary and friend of Longfellow, Hawthorne, Emerson, Whittier and many others. The artist Childe Hassan memorialized her and her gardens in beautiful impressionist paintings.
One her poems starts as follows:
Sunflower tall and hollyhock, that wave in the
wind together,
Corn-flower, poppy, and marigold, blossoming
fair and fine,
Delicate sweet-peas, glowing bright in the quiet
autumn weather,
While over the fence, on fire with bloom,
climbs the nasturtium vine!

The quilt was made by Faye Labanaris, who gave a fascinating lecture about Celia's life.
Versions show other details and the full quilt.
Thank you for joining me in this display of quilt art.

Tags: General Quilts Quilt show Celia Thaxter

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Hermanus 9 4 South Africa
12 Aug 2013 1:12PM
A lovely tribute to a special lady Joline !!
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2013 1:19PM
More really lovely quilts, Joline.

Ken
sable 13 9 7 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2013 1:20PM
A beautiful tribute to Joline - beautiful colours and detail - Elizabeth xx
pascalg Plus
14 37 1 France
12 Aug 2013 1:34PM
this is beautiful, Joline...
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2013 2:03PM
A poset whom I have comer across on several occasions during my teaching days and I am sure one whom will be very missed. A fine tribute indeed Joline

Below is a poem which inspired me to write from observations more that feelings.

Imprisoned

LIGHTLY she lifts the large, pure, luminous shell,
Poises it in her strong and shapely hand.
“Listen,” she says, “it has a tale to tell,
Spoken in language you may understand.”

Smiling, she holds it at my dreaming ear:
The old, delicious murmur of the sea
Steals like enchantment through me, and I hear
Voices like echoes of eternity.

She stirs it softly. Lo, another speech!
In one of its dim chambers, shut from sight,
Is sealed the water that has kissed the beach
Where the far Indian Ocean leaps in light.

Those laughing ripples, hidden evermore
In utter darkness, plaintively repeat
Their lapsing on the glowing tropic shore
In melancholy whispers low and sweet.

O prisoned wave that may not see the sun!
O voice that never may he comforted!
You cannot break the web that fate has spun;
Out of your world are light and gladness fled.

The red dawn nevermore shall tremble far
Across the leagues of radiant brine to you
You shall not sing to greet the evening star,
Nor dance exulting under heaven’s clear blue.

Inexorably woven is the weft
That shrouds from you all joy but memory;
Only this tender, low lament is left
Of all the sumptuous splendor of the sea.

Celia Thaxter
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
12 Aug 2013 2:05PM
A superb collection!
AnnChown 11 207 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2013 2:05PM
That little bee buzzing around those poppies makes it for me.
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
12 Aug 2013 2:49PM
What...an amazing...quilt!

The part of it in V3 is absolutely stunning. So incredibly talented some people are. I really admire that.

Andrew
very nice work i wish i could do things like that. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2013 3:20PM
We shall see some more soon.........please
JawDborn 9 1.3k 1 England
12 Aug 2013 3:40PM
Quite remarkable. I've much enjoyed the quilt series of photographs
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
12 Aug 2013 4:47PM
Another fine display of the quilts here Joline.
Good set.
Mick.
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2013 5:44PM
Such a lot of work in this magnificent quilt.
Coupled with some lovely poetry from your honoured Celia Thaxter.
KateGrinGrinGrin
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
12 Aug 2013 5:58PM
I am lost for words Joline. Incredible. !!!!GrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
JOKEN 12 3 10 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2013 6:06PM
A wonderful piece of needlework - and you have captured it to perfection.
Ken
danbrann 16 640 17
12 Aug 2013 7:42PM
A wonderful tribute and the quality of those quilts is stunning.
johnlw 14 1 10 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2013 9:50PM
Some Realy beautiful work.
Regards John.
Mavis 19 143 2 England
16 Aug 2013 2:17PM
I learn something new every day Joline & I so love poetry . That is some American History and a superb Patchwork quilt . A work of art xx

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