gibberish (embroidery no. 5)

Have you ever noticed how in TV shows and movies, everyone is always on some sort of quest? The characters have to find all the horcruxes, go battle vampires (Buffy, not Twilight in this instance), or escape from a terrifying reality show and certain death.

Real life, for me anyway, is nothing like that. Real life is slow. Real life is researching at a desk instead of running around the world. Real life means planning, and meetings, and slow, constant frustrations.

That’s why I like making things. Each project is an adventure, even just from your own apartment. It’s a little way to create something, to do something new, and to accomplish something even when all the other frustrations seem like they won’t go away.

I had a week like that this week. Nothing big–we are all healthy and happy. But little frustrations have made it difficult to get things done. And it’s made me feel kind of like this week’s quote.

gibberish sprinkled with question marks embroidery

This is from Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions (Kindle version here). The entire sentence is “There were one quadrillion nations in the Universe, but the nation Dwayne Hoover and Kilgore Trout belonged to was the only one with a national anthem which was gibberish sprinkled with question marks.”

breakfast of champions cover

I fell in love with these words. It’s such a lovely way to talk about nonsense. And sometimes that’s just what life feels like, right? Gibberish sprinkled with question marks.

This is part of an embroidery project I am working on to sew some of my favorite quotes from books and post the images here each Sunday. I plan to hang the final collection on my wall. Let me know if you have any quote suggestions! You can see the other quotes in my embroidery project here:

I’ll be traveling this week, so there won’t be an embroidery post next Sunday. Hope to pick it back up the week after that.


  1. suzysomething says:

    I’ve always intended to make a “quote” quilt and never followed through on it. Your project gives me hope that I might scale down my lofty (pardon the quilt pun) intentions and do a series of embroideries. I look forward to your next one!

    1. rclnudson says:

      Thank you! A quote quilt is a lovely idea. These have been just small enough for me to jump in and try to experiment

  2. caitlinstern says:

    Nicely done quotes! So pretty…
    I love Vonnegut. He has some pithy quotes.
    “So it goes.”
    “Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.”

    1. rclnudson says:

      Thanks! Those are good ones

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