Christmas/Easter/Communion/All Saints’/Transfiguration/Baptism Banners


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48″ x60″

This is how far behind I am.  We did manage to get ten banners completed in time for Christmas.  We hung and dedicated them the first Sunday following the celebration of Christ’s birth.  That would be January 29th!  They have been hanging in the sanctuary up until last Sunday when they were replaced with the Lent banners.  I know it was a week past the beginning of Lent but we celebrated Holy Communion on March 9th, white and gold being appropriate in that case.

They were all a variation of log cabin blocks done in yellow and set in white.

 

DSC_0332DSC_0326DSC_0324Eight of them were 36″ x 48″ and two were 48″x 60″.  Each quilter could place the star and quilt their banner as they pleased.  When it came time to switch them out I finally got out the camera to take and post the pictures as I promised I would.

Of course for at least one of my banners I had to do something entirely different.  I wanted a project with more of a modern feel.  I absolutely love it.  There are a few people in the congregation that aren’t as impressed with it as I am.  After all, breaking with tradition is a difficult thing to do in the church. 😉  Resistance to change seems to be a defining characteristic of Christians.  There are lots of jokes about it.

How many Christians does it take to change a light bulb? — We don’t change!

Although, my favourite is, because I am — How many Calvinists does it take to change a lightbulb? — None, the lights will go on and off at predestined times.

And my second favourite, because I am — How many Presbyterians does it take to change a lightbulb? — Well, it requires a least five committees to study and review the need and procedure behind changing the lightbulb, each committee represented by at least half a dozen people, so — 30?

I wonder when the Christ returns and there is a new heaven and a new earth if any one will want to be part of it because they have never ‘done’ it that way before …

The ‘modern’ banner is still my favourite.

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Isaiah 43:19  I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Hanging the Rainbow


Finally we have a quilt hanging in our home.  The Rainbow Log Cabin turned out so beautifully that I was compelled to keep it.  I already have a lap quilt I use almost daily, displaying the Rainbow seemed obvious.

DSC_0224Hanging the Rainbow in a place where one has to look up seemed even more obvious.  Here it shines at the top of the stairs.  DSC_0215

The quilting is concentric arches.  I used a dinner plate as a guide, the only draw back was the plate was not quite the right  diametre to match up with the width of the strips.  A very clever attempt at continuity, if I might be so bold.

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Sirach 43:11  Look at the rainbow, and praise him who made it; it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness.

 

 

 

At the end of the Storm


I did finish the Rainbow Log Cabin last week.  There was a number of requests to post the completed project.

DSC_0904“They sang the words in unison, yet somehow created a web of sounds with their voices. It was like hearing a piece of fabric woven with all the colors of a rainbow. I did not know that such beauty could be formed by the human mouth. I had never heard harmony before.”   ― Anita Diamant, The Red Tent

Quilting the Rainbow


DSC_0889Another project is getting close to completion.  I used a new technique for the binding using two fabrics.  Here is the link on how to do it. I love the piped effect of a contrasting fabric to the rainbow.  It turned out so cool.  (Okay so cool dates me, deal with it).  I’m quilting this one with a modified Baptist Fan.  It’s turning out nicely.

I love this little quilt.  Although it was intended for the women’s shelter, I’m really considering keeping it.  DSC_0890It’s very cute.

Genesis 9:13

I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Home Hearths – WIP


I am making good progress on the Rainbow Log Cabin Quilt.  More than half of the blocks are completed.  Optimistically, the top should be complete by the weekend.DSC_0862

My housework is sadly lacking attention.  I am seriously considering a mental health day today and giving one of the bathrooms a good cleaning.  I already have one load of laundry washing and am charging three devices (the Nikon, Blackberry and the Kindle).  There is way too much stuff in this house, beyond the extensive stash.  I confess to being a bit of a hoarder, thankfully not an obsessive one, although there is some obsessive organization of hoarded things.  For instance, the stash is organized by colour AND by size.

Isaiah 23:18 Her merchandise and her wages will be holy to the Lord. It will not be stored or hoarded, but her merchandise will supply abundant food and fine clothing for those who dwell before the Lord.

Log Cabin Rainbow


DSC_0828Some time in the future the quilters are planning to sew Log Cabin block quilts for the women’s and children’s shelter.  Here is my plan.  In the drawn diagram I thought light green would work next to the yellow, but when I did up the test block I was not all that pleased with the effect.  I am much happier with white instead.  I think it will look much brighter when assembled.  This block is not quite complete, it needs one more strip of green along the top.

I learned that the traditional Log Cabin block always has a red block at the centre.  It is meant to represent the hearth, the centre of the home.  There are a number of other WIPs on the list before I delve seriously into this one.

Ezekiel 46:23  On the inside, around each of the four courts was a row of masonry, with hearths made at the bottom of the rows all around.