OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  New-blue-quilt-finished-26.4.13_thumb.jpgclip_image002.jpg fabric rose window - work in progressA little poem to describe the big impact pattern has on my life for dVerse Meeting the Bar.
Words, quilts and photographs © Vivienne Blake

Patchwork involves multiple repeated patterns
which joined together make new patterns
which are quilted with more patterns
to join three layers into a whole.
Combinations of light, medium and dark colours
make more patterns within other patterns
a complex weave, like life.


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25 Responses to Pattern

  1. ManicDdaily says:

    The quilts are terrific and it is wonderful when the weaves work together. I think a skilled seer of patterns (like you) can kind of make them work. k.


  2. Susan says:

    Like life, indeed. Mine is more like a crazy quilt, though the fabric repeats, often with patterns. Fine variety you have.


  3. Poet Laundry says:

    Yes, very much like life. Beautiful quilts!


  4. restlessjo says:

    And very beautiful they are too! I love that ‘rose window’ one 🙂


  5. Love the last one the star !


  6. Like life indeed, Viv and what a wonderfully beautiful life it is with all of these layers of patterns…I love the metaphor you bring. ♥ Beautiful work my friend!


  7. Bodhirose says:

    Beautiful work, Viv…I love quilts and can appreciate all the work (patterning) that goes into creating one. And yes, complex just like our lives.


  8. wolfsrosebud says:

    perfect for this topic… working on one for my grand who just turned two


  9. All are beautiful quilts but the bottom right is my favorite. Perfect subject for patterns.


  10. mood wings says:

    I love this. Thank you so much for taking the time to incorporate photos. My favorite is the one on the bottom right.


  11. Tight poem – the patterns repeat, join, become larger, more important, become ingrained and become who we are. Well done!


  12. This was a perfect prompt for you, my friend. Not surprising where you took it. I had to laugh at your comment on my poem. We’re in this aging thing together.


  13. Mary says:

    What a gift with patterns you have, Viv! With quilts and with poetry. (Your quilts are beautiful.)


  14. What wonderful quilts.. and for sure the intricate complexity of simplicity is a lot like life itself


  15. Ron. says:

    My chronic doodling is often pattern-based too, V, and repetition plays a big part in that as well as in my poetry and (sadly, to My Beloved Sandra’s distraction) my speech.
    Sometimes, after some word or phrase has captured my ear & caused me to repeat it a dozen or more times (with varied inflection, emphasis, tone, etc) My Beloved Sandra has to scream at me to shut the hell up.


  16. brian miller says:

    ah, life can be complex for sure…but life like those quilts can certainly be beautiful…and keep you warm…ha….i had a feeling you might air some quilts….


  17. They’re beautiful, Viv. Spud – like his brother before him – is taking his quilt to uni with him.


  18. Misky says:

    I love the two on the top row. The right one is particularly stunning.



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