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A Quilter Gets Organised


This poem was written by an Australian poet, Jenny Riley. Jenny is known throughout Queensland as a pioneer of the quilting movement in the 1980ís. Jenny is a keen author and sewer and has given me permission to reprint this poem here at Bellaonline.

I can really identify with this poem. On a number of occasions over the past 20 years or so, I have talked myself into giving quilting a rest, in order to take up other interests. Well, as in this poem, itís never come to much. The call of quilting is far too strong for me and Iím sure for many quilters out there, trying to get organised!!

A Quilter Gets Organised

by Jenny Riley

My home lacks care, my garden wilts,
Iíll have to give up making quilts
Once stitching filled an hour or two
Now itís the only thing I do

Even the time to sit and dream
Is ousted from my busy scheme
Some sense of guilt prefaced my mind
UneasinessÖ. VagueÖ.ill-defined

Iíll have to change my life around
If peac of mid is to be found
I love to quilt, well this is true
But thereís other things I want to do

I visualise my garden flowers
Among them Iíll spend happy hours
And trellised roses round the door
Fulfil my dreams of multi-flor

Iíll give my fabric stash away
Or sell it, then perhaps I may
Have cash to spare for many things
I donít have now, like diamond rings.

My old machine, well, cut it loose
It wonít be any further use
My board and cutter they can go
Iím going to watch my garden grow

My family it will be seen
Look neat, and each novella cuisine
Iím out to prove the day is past
When quilts cam first and they came last


Iím going to have a trimmer me
I can be slim again, youíll see
For years my hobby made me sit
Perhaps a gym would make me fit

My quilting groups can have my books
Now Iím concentrating on my looks
Iíll paint my nails a brilliant hue
Might even buy a dress or two

This time thereíll be no compromise
The name of the game is organise
I wonít need to fiddle the household accounts
To buy patchwork fabric in large amounts

I know the decision Iíve made is right
I can see my future is looking bright
Yes Iíll stick to my plan, result my guilt
After Iíve made just one more quilt!!
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