Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibition

September 4, 2011 at 1:35 am Leave a comment

Herndon VA, June 22-July 5, 2011

I finally completed “The Way It Is”, renamed as “Out of the Depths,” after more than a year in the making. It was the subject of two earlier posts.

I submitted photos in April 2011 and it was accepted for the biennial Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibition, held near Washington DC’s Dulles Airport, just a few miles from my brother, Dodd’s home. My sister Dianne Colgan joined my husband Chuck and I for the Artists’ Reception on June 25 and then spent some time together. Chuck and I stayed with Dodd and Leighann a couple of nights, then visited Dianne at her home just a few blocks from the Capitol building in downtown DC.

Out of the Depths was chosen to be included in the exhibition’s 2011 web gallery, which you can access on the Gallery tab on this link. Be sure to check out the other beautiful quilts, too!

Artists were asked to include a brief statement about their quilts.  Visitors at the exhibition learned this about my quilt:

This wall hanging was created for a community ministry of intercessory prayer.  

Grief, loss, suffering, fear, deep needs of many kinds, may so afflict us that we feel like we are at the bottom of a pit, helpless and crying out for help.  White-on-white background quilting represents unseen spiritual influences.  The angular crystalline shapes quilted into the dull white duck cloth represent the anguish that drives our prayers.  The flowing cascade quilted into shimmering tulle represents the Holy Spirit that knows our needs and comforts us.

The woodcut “Reach” used by permission of the family of Robert O Hodgell.

My “Two Doors” wall hanging was also accepted for the exhibition. It was based on my husband’s photo of an old building in Staunton VA. The artist statement follows.

This work symbolizes two inspirations for prayer.  The wider warehouse door with mail slot seeks blessings FROM God.  The narrower dwelling door seeks the blessing of KNOWING God.  The number 7 represents completion of the work of reconciling Man (4) to God (3).  The completed work of Christ makes fellowship with God possible, represented by the dwelling door with its subtle outline of the cross.

Now, as I pray, I consider: “Which door am I seeking?”

Inspiration: Matthew 6:31-36 “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added.”

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