The binding is going on the “European Childhood” quilt now, slowly creeping along the edges, revealing certain curves in the blanket. The blanket is soft and pillow-y, I like to smooth it out and admire its sinuosity. What makes a quilt so inviting to touch?
According to philosopher Gaston Bachelard, it’s the curviness. “Everything round invites a caress,” he wrote in his work on the “cosmic imagination,” The Poetics of Space.
Like the seagulls on this quilt, the bird in flight was a key metaphor for Bachelard. He admired a “bird’s being in its cosmic situation, as a centralization of life guarded on every side, enclosed in a live ball, and consequently, at the maximum of its unity.”
Putting the border on the quilt feels a bit similar. It brings closure to the work. It stitches the quilt shut and protects the spirit within.