Treasure Island

Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

Quilting a Villanelle


Twinned layers underpin a wholecloth quilt
in pastel silk, sateen, batiste or voile
on which a maze of handstitched lines are spilt.

The fabric hills assume a pliant tilt
and puckered labyrinthine valleys coil.
Twinned layers underpin a wholecloth quilt.

By needlework, a soft relief is built.
The interleaf of batting serves as foil
in which a maze of handstitched lines are spilt.

No architectural coup or princely gilt.
No masterpiece in marble, bronze or oil.
Twinned layers underpin a wholecloth quilt.

Festoons of fruits and flowers drape or wilt
in beds of leaves: acanthus, oak, trefoil,
on which a maze of handstitched lines are spilt.

Ornate motifs perform a visual lilt.
Creative play brings love to simple toil.
Twinned layers underpin a wholecloth quilt
in which a maze of handstitched lines are spilt.

Submitted: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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  • Valsa George (5/9/2013 11:36:00 PM)

    Hmmmm......Amazing! ! Carried away by the beauty of this dexterously crafted quilt with floral designs of exquisite kind! ! This is a marvel in words! ! This deserves a 10+ (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (5/2/2013 11:18:00 AM)

    You have stitched a great poem. I hope the quilt is as good as the poem: -) (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (4/29/2013 9:23:00 AM)

    When you have finished this quilt Diane, will you please send it to me to keep me warm here in GB - it sounds gorgeous. Cleverly written and a joy to read. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (4/28/2013 6:56:00 PM)

    I would like to be the a-mazing pin
    through which this handstitched quilt was twinned.
    Beautifully done! Bravo! (Report) Reply

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