Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lenten Reflection in Collage

With Easter being so late this year, I almost forgot about Ash Wednesday. It actually surprised me. In the middle of two other deadline driven projects, I took a little spiritual reflection break and made this little piece of art.

Purple, the color of Lent, set the tone and the book "Collage Sourcebook: Exploring the Art and Techniques of Collage" (Authors: Jennifer Atkinson, Holly Harrison and Paula Grasdal, Quarry Books, ISBN 1-59253-101-6) provided the inspiration. Next came the layering and gluing. Soon my spiritual life was appearing in this little work of art.

First, the roofline of my first church appeared and then symbols of my faith followed in the lace cross and the butterflies. Second, fabric from our bed quilt containing love letters and purple polka dots (It is "P" week at preschool!) from my daughter's world appeared. Finally, the hexagon with pansies comes from the "I-Spy" quilts I'm making for friends. Therefore, it represents an outreach of our family.

Lastly, I utilized the fancy stitches built into my Viking Designer I sewing machine and "quilted as I went" into the final stage of this project. Small enough for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (Maximum size 9" by 12") this will make a nice donation after Easter.

Do you have experience with fabric collage? I'd love to hear about it. Please comment below or e-mail me.
This Quilting Mama


  1. I think it is terrific that you were able to incorporate the different aspects of your life in a small sweet fabric swatch. I would recommend that you feep the piece for your collection. Do I need to compete in the bidding?
    Your husband

  2. Thank you, Husband. I love you too!

  3. This is a BEAUTIFUL piece! Nice for husband to say so, too

  4. Thank you very much, Grandmarockton.
    I am new at blogging and am trying only to post a few times a month. Hope to have the quilts be inspiring or at least appreciated!