Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep

Starting with the poem Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep, I have been making a small journal quilt to honour the death of my Mum two weeks ago.
 Writing the poem on fabric
 Chopping up the fabric into 1.5" strips and adding 1.5" squares along the way of some hand-dyed fabric
 re-piecing the fabric
 sketching in some poppies
 adding colour



All very therapeutic and allows me to thoroughly imbibe this wonderful poem.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.


-Mary Fry
...and this morning the sky rewarded me at dawn with the same colour theme:

29 comments:

  1. Wonderful Clare - and one of my favourite poems

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  2. You've created a beautiful piece to remember your Mum by Clare. What a beautiful sky you were greeted with this morning too.

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  3. Beautiful quilt, sorry for your loss.

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  4. Beautiful Clare. Such a poignant piece.

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  5. Sorry for your loss. The quilt is a lovely way to remember your mum.

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  6. You are always so creative Clare. Such a beautiful little quilt which will evoke memories of your mum in years to come.

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  7. What a beautiful piece. So touched.

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  8. You gave me goose bumps Claire - a beautiful quilt made with so much love. I'm sure she was at your side through every moment of it, and filling the universe with pride.

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  9. This work is truly wonderful, Clare - and I'm so glad you can put all your feelings into it.

    The words of this poem touched my heart too.

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  10. It is so healing to use our gifts to create beauty out of sorrow. May you gain peace from it.

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  11. A beautiful tribute piece Clare. You are in my thoughts, -sus

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  12. How beautiful to make this with all that love and memories 'woven' or rather stitched into what will become a family heirloom. It made me emotional about my own Mum, often in my thoughts, who died 39 years ago.

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  13. this is exquisite. beautiful memories of spirit.

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  14. What a lovely way to memorialize your mother. Sorry for your loss.

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  15. How beautiful. I worked on an art quilt for 5 weeks while at the hospital with my mom before she died...and it was where I poured my emotion. Your piece is so special.

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  16. what a beautiful way to express some hard-to-express feelings... showing such a mastery of your materials, and a beautiful nod to your mother. BTW, I have sewn poppies, and used them because they signal BOTH memory (veterans; Flanders Field) and forgetting (opium)...

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  18. Sorry to hear abut your mother. The quilt is beautiful and what a wonderful thing to do in her memory. Very special indeed.

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  19. Clare, I am so sorry on the passing of your mother. The poem is one of my favorites, and what you have done with it is truly touching and beautiful. I am sure your mother is aware of, and very touched by your loving act.

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  20. got the shivers from this post

    my heart and thoughts are with you as you mourn your mother

    we only have one mother

    xx

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  21. I can see the love that you have stitched into this quilt, it is beautiful, really lovely.

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  22. What a lovely way to remember a very special person in your life. Sorry for your loss.

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