New Work

I am moving right along, continuing to create new work, still in the ‘housetop series.’ Although today I had an idea for a new series, kind of a “spin off” of the housetop quilts. We’ll see if that takes root or not.

So this is a quilt that I started back in November, using large strips of mostly solids, along with a mottled shiny cotton print, and some silk and other shiny fabrics. I got 4 big blocks put together, and I DID NOT LIKE THEM. So they got put to the side for the holidays.

The blocks before .

The blocks before .

After I returned from Haiti, I was still thinking about those blocks, and in looking through some magazines I saw a tiny picture of a quilt with some skinny plus signs in it. And I thought, hmmmm, that’s kind of like crosses. So I took those big blocks, and I cut them into little pieces, and then I cut them some more, and inserted skinny strips into them to make crosses. And then I put all those pieces back together. Now I LOVE it.

And after the crosses were inserted.

And after the crosses were inserted.

Now, the only problem was, with all those crosses on there, the original wording I planned to feature on the quilt would not work at all. So I stared at it for a while longer. And then it came to me that it portrayed the message that Wendy shared with the church at Carrefour Poy–that even though we are from different countries and different cultures, we are still one. We worship the same God. All over the world, people from different cultures are worshipping the same God, but in very different ways. “We Are One” will be the title of the quilt. The words from Ephesians 4:4-6 describe this perfectly:

For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.

I’ve been staring at the finished top for a few days now, and I have a good idea of how I’m going to quilt it, and where the words will be placed. I’m anxious to start on it tomorrow morning.

5 thoughts on “New Work

  1. Debbie thank-you so much for sharing your lovely work and great ideas with us. It’s so inspiring to read about it. You are encouraging me and so many others as you are making a wonderful post-retirement life. I know the patchwork was there previously but it seems you have taken it to a whole new level now that you don’t have the distraction of a full time job.


    • Thanks Margie Anne. Yes, I am just realizing (after a year and a half of retirement) that being able to work in a creative direction without the constant interruption of work has really allowed my creativity to blossom.

  2. I agree with myjourneytofit… the second one is more “you”, with that slightly askew and quirky design that I love in your work. And two things I like that you did: the crosses are slightly darker and stand out; and there are occasional little patches of shiny material that makes the whole piece pop. Love it. 🙂

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