This challenge has been a delightful thread to follow. In my search for the perfect quotation to illustrate, I found some writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson that seemed to be a book about quotations, containing quotations about quotations. And so my quilt was formed.
In actuality, the piece entitled "Quotation and Originality" is just one part of a larger work by Emerson entitled "Letters and Social Aims," published in 1875, containing essays originally published in the 1840s.
My quilt displays only three quotations attributed to Emerson, but several more quotations about quotations from Emerson, which are food for thought, are as follows:
"All minds quote."
"We quote not only books and proverbs, but arts, sciences, religions, customs, and laws; nay, we quote temples and houses, tables and chairs by imitation."
"A brave man quotes bravely, and will not draw on his invention when his memory serves him with a word as good. What he quotes, he fills with his own voice and humor, and the whole cyclopedia of his table-talk is presently believed to be his own."
"Quotation confesses inferiority."
"The child quotes his father, and the man quotes his friend. . . . Whatever we think and say is wonderfully better for our spirits and trust, in another mouth."
"The divine never quotes, but is, and creates."
Another quotation that is fun for the imagination was written by Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), author of "The Purple Cow."
"Ah, yes! I wrote the 'Purple Cow'--
I's sorry, now, I wrote it!
But I can tell you anyhow,
I'll kill you if you quote it!"
In creating my quilt, an image of a book, closed and opened, was enlarged to fit the space designated for each. The pieces of the books were traced on heavy weight paper stock, cut out and wrapped with fabric to which a fusible had been applied. The puzzle pieces of the books were then put together and using permanent fabric glue, attached to the quilted and bound background. A bit of whimsy was added with the stick figures quoting Emerson.