Sea Fever

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Map Making | 2 comments

Beach House

I am obsessed with the sea. This map is called  “Beach House” and it is fabric, ribbons, paints and papers with some stitching. It was inspired by Valerie S. Godwin’s book that all of you need, called “Art Quilt Maps”. Mine is not quilted, I do not have that in my stable of skills.

The background fabric is stenciled fabric paint on cotton, a technique I learned from Liz Kettle. 

Enjoy this seaside retreat, and enjoy this poem.

Sea Fever


I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking,

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.


  1. Hi Jill,
    Since you’re quoting this text, I thought I might share this song with you by Kris Delmhorst which is the music adaptation of this poem. I absolutely love it:
    I hope you will too!
    xoxo from France, Sabrina.

  2. This is a gorgeous piece. I love how you created what looks like a fence to help protect from sand erosion. 🙂 Really beautiful, Jill.

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