The body of the quilt is the work of coming to like in yourself what was only adored or ignored by your mother, or other objects of your love or your lovers;
The body of the quilt is the work of coming to like the work of another woman, and the passing through of all rejection and neglect by another woman or man;
The body of the quilt is the work of coming to like yourself as a little old lady and an old little girl and a new little sister;
Radka Donnell is on page 113 of Quilts As Women's Art: A Quilt Poetics.
I read this book at age 40. It gave me the foundation of my career as an artist/quiltmaker. I copied many things into my journal at the time, including this entire poem.
New Beginning, the other side. I speak about making it in the lecture my pandemic summer.