Spring 1989 • Vol. XI No. 2 Poetry |

Epithalamium Catalogue of the Folklore of the Origins of the Double Wedding Ring Quilt

For A. G. Some say it started with the archaic Life-Ring pattern— several separate patchwork circles on a dark blue field meant probably as life preservers on a stormy ocean. But one day, in 1872 or 1873, it is reported that a Mrs. Emma Pickens of Hillsboro, Maine faced with a shortage either of colored cloth or proper foresight ran the circles together so that their borders intersected like islands at sea which under the influence of earthquake or plate tectonics slipped together one night and stayed joined forever. This is not the only theory, however. It is said once, in Nestor, Kentucky a butterfly lit on a sleeping woman's neck and she smiled believing she had been kissed there by her husband in his sleep. She thought this: after a time the lips know the way in the dark, they circle once like pigeons, then fly home without a thought— and in the morning she began a quilt of interlocking circles the circles of lips poised to kiss which, in the fabric, came together a

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