Friday, January 6, 2012


Definition of Epiphany by Merriam Webster Dictionary (
1-January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ
2- an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being
3- a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure b : a revealing scene or moment

Above is the response to the inspiration of Epiphany. Stars which guided the wise men to the manger, stars which continue to inspire, and stars in the eyes of those struck with moments of "illuminating discovery" which can only come from a greater source.

The blocks are 9 inches finished and from Marsha McCloskey's book "Block Party, A Quilter's Extravaganza of 120 Rotary-Cut Block Patterns" (c.1998, Rodale Press). The fabrics are "Fairy Frost" by Michael Miller Fabrics.

Within the light blue blocks I quilted stars drawn by my daughter onto sheets of paper. The backing is a winter berry fabric of unknown designer, and I used cream thread to set off my daughter's stars (seen below).

This year I am reflecting on giving and being grateful. I am keeping a daily journal of gratitude in the attempt to recognize the numerous gifts I have been given and continue to be given by God, others, organizations, etc. in my life. The idea of giving what one can as the wise men gave what they could, is beautifully noted in this poem by Christina Rossetti.

In the Bleak Midwinter 
by Christina Rossetti (1872) 

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty,
Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim
Worship night and day,
A breastful of milk
And a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels
Fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel
Which adore.

Angels and archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air,
But only His mother
In her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the Beloved
With a kiss.

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.

To listen to a beautiful setting by composer Gustav Holst and performed by the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge, England, click here:

Happy Epiphany!


  1. A stunning piece! I love that you included your daughter's stars in the quilting. The song is one I love to listen to, the composition and the words are beautiful!
    You have reminded me to do a page for my gratitude book- it has been a while.... ummmm....

  2. Nice work, Lynn! (And by this I mean the quilt and the post!!)

  3. I love that this is a "family" piece. Very nice.