Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Interpret with Love

Pearl the Dancer, Art Quilt, 8" x 8"
© 2010 Fannie Narte


She sang while she twirled and sashayed and twirled and sashayed to the rhythms of the music she knew so well.  She paraded across the hall dancing to that corner and glided over to that table and pranced over to her friends at the other end of the room.  She knew the words to the song and tasted every syllable.  She sang to her friends Edna and Marlene who led the group to wild whistles and clapping, and to her grandchildren Mason and Nicole who were imitating her angel-like moves, and to her son Robert and his wife Sybil, who were as red as the tablecloth at their dinner table.

Pearl danced and danced and sang and sang.  She danced with her invisible partner across the room and onto the table.  More wild whistles, endless clapping and cheers. Pearl didn't need all that encouragement, but she enjoyed the attention she was getting.  Some saw good-fun entertainment, most saw their childhood dancing before their eyes, others saw embarrassment. 

When the music ended, Pearl's dancing abruptly stopped.  She crawled back to her chair next to Edna and Marlene and picked up her spoon and slurped her soup like a good, little patient should.  The hall was still clapping for Pearl, but Pearl slipped back into her quiet world.

Interpret with LOVE.

This quilt is a donation to AAQI.  Thanks, Marlene, for sharing your heart and story which inspired this quilt!


This quilt is a painting using Neocolor II and acrylics.  It was heavily stipple quilted with clear thread and hand embroidered with black floss.  Pearl's wings and cheeks are embellished with angelina fibers.  The asian characters--mean "love"--were stenciled using black fabric paint.  Austrian gems and glass beads were used to create her pendant.

Many hours were spent creating this quilt.  I enjoyed dancing with you "Pearl."


Here's a bit of humor to lighten and brighten your day:

I found this quote while searching the web . . . . I would like to have given proper credit, but no author's name was attached to this quote.  Thanks "anonymous" for sharing your wit.

This digital quilt was made using the image of "Interpret with Love" and various software.


Anonymous said...

A beautiful quilt inspired by a beautiful story.

And yes - that quote is extremely fitting. Mine has a little addition - as ye sew, so shall ye rip and SNIP (as I've never quite gotten to grips with seam rippers)

I'm a new follower of your blog and find your work truly inspirational - thank you for sharing your creations.

Michelle x

Brigitte (SE. Louisiana) said...

Very pretty as usual Fannie.

WoolenSails said...

A wonderful piece to go with a wonderful story.
Love the lighter shades, really shows off the quilting.


Vicki W said...

Pearl is lovely!

Lisa M Griffin said...

that saying makes me think of my mom... she loves to sew and quilt,and I have been witness to many an undoing so that the dress, curtain or quilt would come out right.
Have a great day!

Barb Forrister said...

So cool you support AAQI, a wonderful organization. Still working on mine. Always the last minute....

quiltcrazygaljennalouise said...

Such a great story and the quote...I have lived that many times:) Thank you!

Kelly Warren said...

as ye sew, so shall ye rip... that should be my motto! too cute.

lovely post, i love the story you told as the inspiration. i hope you are well!