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Sea of Dreams
51" x 58"
Copyright 1999 by Susan Brittingham

This quilt was begun in response to a guild challenge, to create a quilt based on one's birthday. My astrological sign, Pisces, suggested the imagery, and a fondness for classical architecture dictated the inclusion of the columns.

Although I have used columns in my work previously, my goal here was to maximize the illusion of roundness and depth.  This quilt was constructed using a combination of techniques including both piecing and appliqué as well as a little trapunto.

This quilt was featured in the October 2001 issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.

The Story of the Sea of Dreams

Sea of Dreams represents the story of a journey and a metaphor for the journey of the soul. The traveler resides in a place of beauty and wonder and is at peace with her world. But the day comes, as it must, when the wonder pales and beauty becomes commonplace. The quiet life, dwelling in an environment of her own making weighs heavy on her thoughts as she dreams of adventure.

The traveler feels the irresistible pull of distant shores and becomes restless. Ultimately, the allure of foreign places and the excitement of new experiences overwhelms her. She sets sail upon the sea of dreams; seeking an intangible pleasure she may never discover and leaving behind a true treasure, which she may never find again.

Pisces --- The Fishes
February 20 to March 20

On the reverse side of the quilt, I placed some labels that described the astrological sign of Pisces, and relevant quotes and birthstone and flower information for the month of February. Here are some of them:

Birthstone for February: Amethyst
Flower: Violet
Pisces, the 12th sign of the Zodiac, is ruled by Neptune, its Element is Water

Traditional Pisces Traits:

  • Imaginative and sensitive
  • Compassionate and Kind
  • Selfless and unworldly
  • Intuitive and sympathetic
  • Mystical
On the Dark Side,
  • Escapist and idealistic
  • Secretive and Vague
  • Weak willed and easily led

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Neptune, the Brother of Jupiter, was given dominion over the seas and earthquakes.  The Planet Neptune, which rules over Pisces, relates to our higher intuitive nature, our imagination and artistic side.  A dreamy world of fog and mist, it can also be the source of inspiration or illusion/delusion in reality as well as the basis for the aesthetics of art, music, and spirituality.

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Pisces Likes Pisces Dislikes
  • Solitude in which to Dream
  • Mystery in all its guises
  • Anything discarded to stay discarded
  • Far away places with strange sounding names
  • the obvious
  • being criticized
  • discipline
  • confinement to routine
  • know-it-alls
  • pedantry

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Between two worlds life hovers like a star
Twixt night and morn upon the horizons verge
                                       ----Lord Byron (1788-1824)

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Into the depths of winter, just when you thought there was no sign of a flower in the garden, nor a vestige of spring, a mass of mauve and purple glows, jewel-bright in the sunshine. The appearance of violets lifts the spirits.

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