Advent Banners

Planning Stages

Last January, a long time, much loved member of our congregation passed away.  I officiated the funeral and was handsomely renumerated.  Her favourite time of year was Christmas, she always did it up BIG!  I told the family that I would like to do something in her memory.

So, here was my vision.  Our congregation has a quilting group that managed to pull me into their creative circle.  I approached them with the request that ten banners be quilted to decorate the worship space of the church.  They agreed and asked that I provide some sort of ‘pattern.’  It was my hope that everyone would use somewhere in the skyscape the same fabric, purchased by me, to give some continuity through all the banners and they were free to use other fabrics I had available or fabric from their own stashes.  The lightest colours fabric was to begin at the bottom of their banner and gradually get darker toward the top.  The stars were Friendship Stars and could be placed as suited them.  My hope was that the pattern was just a guide and that each quilter would use their own creativity and imagination.

Following is the progress on my own banners.

Top for the 48″ x 64″ banner intended for the left side of the sanctuary

Full view of banner in process of being quilted

Smaller 36″ x 48″ banner in process of being quilted

These larger quilts are 48″ by 64″.  They hang at the front of the sanctuary, and so are larger so they can be seen, since no one sits in the front pews…

The below eight quilts are 36″ by 48″.  Some of the ladies embroidered the words with machines using a free motion foot.  Others hand stitched the lines from favourite Advent and Christmas hymns.

Regrettably the lines do not show up well, but do encourage viewers to come take a closer look.

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16 comments on “Advent Banners

  1. meredith says:

    wow, what amazing quilts! my grandmother was a wonderfully talented quilter, and this post made me think of her and how much i miss her. thank you!

  2. rprtphoto says:

    These are absolutely beautiful! I love the unifying colors and theme, and the fact that each is a unique work of art.

    Thanks for sharing these.

    RPRT Photo

    PS Please don’t take offense, but has anyone pointed out that there’s only one “L” in “faithful?” I don’t mean to take anything away from the artistry of this piece, but I thought you might want to know. Seems like it would be an easy fix to “unsew” the second “L” if you and/or the quilter were so inclined…

  3. jennyklyon says:

    Wow, those are beautiful!! What a lovely addition to your church-beautiful collaboration and touching tribute to your congregant.

  4. kzottarelli says:

    wow! simply gorgeous and what a beautiful idea!

  5. What an enterprise for these quilters to take on and what a blessing to the congregation they all are! Very wonderful project. I love the continuity between them all.

    • antarabesque says:

      Thank you for your kind comments. It was a challenge to get some of the ladies to do these as there was no ‘pattern’. We are very blessed to have so many creative people in our church family.

  6. Doris says:

    These are ridiculously awesome! Wow, what a labor of love…

  7. Deborah says:

    I am so glad you stopped by my blog. I came to see what you were doing, and I have to tell you. The pinwheels I referred to in my post were originally made as part of banners I was considering to hang in the sanctuary of our church for Ordinary Time. It seems we always have great things for all the seasons, and then we let the rest of it be “ordinary,” almost dull. And while my life situation has changed and I’m going to do something different with the pinwheels, I’m delighted to findsome who is using quilting in such a liturgical way. Thanks! I’ll be following your blog now! 😀

  8. Sandra Louise says:

    These are incredible. (And I meant to say thank you for the like on my last post!) By the way, if you don’t mind sharing, where are you in Canada? I used to live in Anchorage so I noticed you post “Alaska Highway.”
    Sandra

    • antarabesque says:

      Thank you for you compliment on the banners, I will pass you kind words on to our Quilters. I hope you enjoyed your visit to my site.
      I live almost at the other end of that highway :).

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