Friday, April 16, 2021

A Charmer


It is April, and I am joining many others in celebrating National Poetry Month by reading, writing,  sharing, and celebrating poetry each day this month. Many years ago I was a quilter. After I began teaching, I had to put my needles and frames away because I just did not have the time. This year I am going back to my quilting roots and will be playing with patchwork-themed poems from memories of my own quilting years to the history of quilts and to quilt patterns. Pull up a needle and thread and let's stitch awhile.

Charm quilts are made from fabric scraps, and a "true" charm quilt does not repeat any fabrics. When I first began quilting, I came across a quilter's jackpot at a yard sale. I found boxes and boxes of old scraps. This quilt was made from those scraps and is one of my all-time favorites.

My quilt is accidentally not a "true" charm as I repeated one fabric. I didn't realize it until I was completely done. If you look closely, you can see the repeated fabric in this picture.

Today I wrote an equation poem because it is a perfect fit when you are talking about 228 I mean 227 different scraps!

228 quilt blocks - 1 repeat = a "true" charm quilt

It's Poetry Friday, so please visit Jama's Alphabet Soup for the round-up!

This week also marks the beginning of the Kidlit Progressive Poem, which is being organized by Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche. A different poet adds a line each day for the month of April. Last year was my first year participating, and since I lived to tell about it, I will participate again this year! You can find the poem's trail below.

April 1 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
2 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
3 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
4 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
5 Irene Latham at Live your Poem
6 Jan Godown Annino at BookseedStudio
7 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
8 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
9 Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
10 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone
11 Buffy Silverman
12 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
13 Jone Rush MacCulloch
14 Susan Bruck at Soul Blossom Living
15 Wendy Taleo at Tales in eLearning
16 Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe
17 Tricia Stohr Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
19 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
22 Ruth Hersey at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town
23 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
24 Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference
25 Shari Daniels at Islands of my Soul
26 Tim Gels at Yet There is Method
27 Rebecca Newman
28 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
29 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wondering
30 Michelle Kogan at More Art 4 All


  1. Your (nearly) charm quilt is beautiful! Yard sales can be amazing treasure troves, when the right person finds the treasure, like you did :-)

  2. Your quilt is lovely; I'd never heard of "charm quilts." Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is new to me, too, Leigh Anne. I'm glad to see you back. Your 'nearly' charm quilt is exceedingly charming! Fun to do the equation which does fit so well!

  4. Leigh Anne, this is a fun little poem and a beautiful quilt. I love your "If you look closely" comment, because, no, I don't see the repeat!

  5. An equation poem! Love how it works so well for this lovely charmed quilt.

  6. You did find the best equation for the quilt poems!

  7. Equation possibilities seem endless. I like yours and the quilt is lovely, almost "perfect." :)

  8. Your poem + quilt are utterly charming!

  9. 1 charm quilt poem + your gorgeous example = future quilt possibility! (Which I'll pass on to daughter since the quilting gene skipped a generation!)

  10. I know absolutely nothing about quilting, Leigh Anne. You are teaching me so much! Fun equation poem, too.