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Advent Commission

I was commissioned by Salford Mennonite Church to make a Quilt for this past Advent season.  Here is the finished work, titled “Cradle of the the Dawning”.  It’s based on the hymn #233 in the Hymnal Worship Book by Phil Clemens and Brian Wren.


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I thought it would be interesting to some of you to see the design process so here goes:

I’m always first inspired by colors and fabric so I visited my friend, Lisa Reber, who does amazing hand dyed fabrics and came home with these:

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Beth Yoder, Salford pastor, and instigator of this whole idea, approved these fabrics and I then designed a rough draft with my EQ7 quilt design software.  This was a 6′ x 8′ triptych so the design printed out on many many sheets of 8.5 by 11 paper and I had to tape them all together resulting in this:

photo 1I copied each section onto freezer paper and used those as pattern pieces for cutting out my fabrics.

photo 2The quilt was larger than my design wall so the right side is hanging off a bit.    I pieced the large sections of the quilt together.

photo 4I then appliqued the small circles and rectangles onto the quilt and quilted it.  I chose to face the edges of the quilt rather than binding it.  The edges of each section flow right into the edge of the next.  I’m very grateful to Beth and Salford Mennonite for the opportunity to work on this project.  I was strongly influenced by the canyons of Bryce Canyon and Sedona that we visited this summer.  Lisa’s dark murky fabrics were perfect for what Beth was envisioning as One being born out of something dark and deep.  I most loved Lisa’s  bold orange and burgundy fabric I used for the sky.  If that isn’t joyful, I don’t know what is!

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