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Friday, April 29, 2011

Yellow Stuff

The past two days I've been digging up these uninvited guests:

Hate them in my yard but how about in a quilt?

Here's the free pattern from Robert Kaufman fabrics.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Yellow Stuff

Every spring my yard comes alive with a "host of golden daffodils." The phrase comes from the poem, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth 1770–1850

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Arms of Love

Another detail image of Arms of Love. Here, the focus is on the crucifixion. Note the thorns on the crown of thorns are done with a satin stitch--the left hand guiding the quilt in the machine and the right hand adjusting the width to achieve the sharp points.

The elements of communion are shown as wheat and grapes representing Christ's names as Bread of Life and Fruit of the Vine. Wings represent resurrection. The candle means Light of the World. The crown stands for King of Kings with five jewels on the band depicting Christ's five flesh wounds.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Arms of Love

These detail images (see full quilt on 4/9/11 post) portray Christ's names as:

Alpha and Omega, Sunrise from on High: (alternating the wavy and straight sun rays created more interest than all the same type)

Anchor of the Soul, Living Water:

Lamb of God, the Good Shepherd: (darker fabrics used for two of the lamb's legs adds depth)

Lion of Judah, Ruler Over All:

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Arms of Love

The Anno Domini year-numbering system was developed by a monk named Dionysius Exiguus in Rome in 525, as an outcome of his work on calculating the date of Easter. Anno Domini (Latin: "In the year of Our Lord"), abbreviated as AD, defines an epoch based on the traditionally-reckoned year of the conception or birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

For Christians, the season of lent and Easter are the solemn yet joyous remembrance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Inspired by the movie, The Passion of the Christ, I researched medieval heraldry to create a coat of arms for Christ.

In his classic book Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis (author of The Chronicles of Narnia) describes Jesus as
a man who goes about talking as if He was God. He claims to forgive sins. He says He has always existed . . . This makes sense only if He really was the God whose laws are broken and whose love is wounded in every sin . . . A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Vintage Sewing Machines

Check out this short video of All Saints clothing store in New York City, by Alex and John Anderson of The Quilt Show. To quote Alex, "while the clothes are interesting, it is the decor which attracted their attention."