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Picties and Verities • Quilt Finish

Picties and Verities, quilt #243
71″ wide by 78″ tall


This baby has a new name: Picties and Verities.

What, you ask? Well, that phrase was in a poem I read about a thousand years ago, and I liked it and wrote it down and of course I can’t find it now, because that’s my life, when even what we had for dinner last night is cause for wandering around in the corridors of memory.

Verities, defined: a true princple or belief, especially one of fundamental importance. Seems to me that striving to be happy, knowing that the sun shines on all of us, as well as the idea that it’s always good to go home — with or without your trailer — just have to be some verities.

Picties, defined: For this one, I went to my husband’s college Oxford Dictionary, a two-volume set complete with magnifying glass. Pict (rare, it says, from the 1400s) means to paint or depict or represent. I would say all those bits of appliqué up there qualify as little pictures. Of course the Picts were also the ancient name of people from North Scotland, and are associated with elves, brownies or fairies. And possibly old grey castles with dungeons (an allusion to its working title: Trapped in the Dungeon of Cute). And since my great-grandmother was from Scotland, I own that heritage with pride.

I sewed on buttons last Saturday, while listening to my Guild’s program, and added, as is my usual, “Made in the time of Covid-19” for anyone who receives this quilt after I’ve gone to the afterworld to frolic with Scottish fairies. You’ve seen photos of this, but here’s a last batch of fun.

And since you’ve read this far, I now treat you to one of my husband’s beautiful photographs, taken the last week of January:

Aloe Blossom

We retraced his steps to take a look at it this past week, because in trying to identify what it was depended on what the plant’s leaves looked like: if they were cacti-looking, it was an aloe. If they were leafy, it was a kniphofia (aka Torch Lilly or Red Hot Poker). It’s an aloe, but it is a distant cousin to kniphofia, apparently. My husband Dave takes long walks everyday, bringing home pictures like this, reminding me of when my children used to bring me home bits and pieces of their days, spilling them out into the kitchen, a line or a thought floating backwards over their heads deep in the refridgerator.

It’s so nice to watch Dave gather his interests about him now, after having had his nose to the grindstone for years, bringing home the proverbial bacon to put in the fridge for those now-grown children. His process — of snapping pictures of whatever interests him and only later culling and choosing — reminds me of this quote from the artist Ann Hamilton:

“A life of making isn’t a series of shows, or projects, or productions, or things; it is an everyday practice.  It is a practice of questions more than of answers, of waiting to find what you need more often than knowing what you need to do….Our culture has beheld with suspicion unproductive time, things not utilitarian, and daydreaming in general, but we live in a time when it is especially challenging to articulate the importance of experiences that don’t produce anything obvious, aren’t easily quantifiable, resist measurement, aren’t easily named, are categorically in-between.” (Ann Hamilton, artist)

Having had three finishes within a couple of weeks, and today teaching a workshop with the Surfside Quilters Guild, my next plan is to do some wandering myself, maybe some daydreaming and find those experiences that don’t produce anything obvious, yet are so critical.

And P.S. Blocks 4, 5 and 6 of Shine: The Circles Quilt are now back on the blog, free to all.

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11 thoughts on “Picties and Verities • Quilt Finish

  1. Hi I would like to know the exact size of the fisnished blocks with and without their inner borders and the final size of the finished quilt.
    It is about your patriotic Shine Circles quilt.
    Thanks for answering.

  2. Wow! I didn’t expect that name for it. 😂 It turned out beautifully. The quilting really adds a lot to it. I love the aloe flower. Interesting colors.

  3. I love how you go about naming your quilts. Thanks for the explanation on this one. It seems most appropriate.

  4. I love this poetic post. Your carefully chosen title for your quilt. The image of kids coming in with treasures and ideas – at the refrigerator – you capture that perfectly. It’s always such a treat to read your blog posts!

  5. Nice to have three finishes already in 2021. A wander – or a walk-about, as they say in Australia – is certainly in order. I know you put lots of time into quilting Picties and Verities, and I hope you find a way to use the quilt/enjoy the finished product. Sounds like you are keeping very busy, and I’m glad you’re able to teach… and enjoy it. Your hubs takes gorgeous photos! It’s wonderful that he’s found a pass time that interests him and produces beautiful results.

  6. I think to a happy and fulfilling retirement is having an engaging and creative hobby! And Dave has nailed that! His eye for detail is spot-on! Congratulations on coming up with the perfect name for your latest quilt finish!

  7. I think to a happy and fulfilling retirement is having an engaging and creative hobby! And Dave has nailed that! His eye for detail is spot-on! Congratulations on coming up with the perfect name for your latest quilt finish!

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