Over the summer a good friend of mine asked if I would make an art quilt for her brother-in-law's wedding gift. I've known her brother-in-law since college and was honored to contemplate this quilt. The happy couple lives in Assisi, Italy and are lay Franciscans. The request involved several parts. First, I was asked to add the Tau Cross to the quilt. I had actually never known about this cross or it's connection to St. Francis and so was thrilled to learn something new. Secondly, I was asked to try to add the wedding ring quilt design in some capacity. The bride is Italian and was apparently very taken by everything Lancaster County, including quilts.
I did quite a bit of research and contemplation for this quilt. I determined that I was not going to be able to add the wedding ring patchwork to such a small quilt. I'm sure it can be done someway but I've never done that particular pattern in regular size, let alone in a mini. As I was thinking about St. Francis, I thought about his love for nature and simplicity. It came to me that the cross should be out of some fabric that reminded us of the Franciscan robe and that I could make the wedding rings out of the rope that the Franciscans use to hold their robes together.
I played around with the quilted part of the quilt for some time. Apparently Assisi is very green and beautiful so I wanted to include green in the quilt. I've wanted to make a Bargello quilt for some time (and am thrilled that the style originated from tapestry at Bargello Palace in Florance, Italy) and thought it would visually work with this quilt. There were several ideations of the quilting and the piecing before I came up with what I consider the stained glass version you see here.
I'm very pleased with how this turned out and I think my friend is, too. I hope the bride and groom like it and I wish them the greatest happiness.
Since I was paid for this quilt, I decided that I would put the money toward something I've had on my mind for a long time. I used the cash to buy some medals from Alice Cantrell's Garden of Grace site. If you've never seen her site, I highly recommend you check it out. It has been on my mind to make prayer mini quilts for a long time. Right now I don't have lots of time or space for a lot but I think making mini quilts will suite my life right now. The medals are so beautiful and I am excited to research the saints and crucifixes to best determine the layout of each quilt.
For now, have a blessed Lord's Day. Although I haven't had the time to attend practice, the choir sings at Mass today and I'm grateful to be joining them. I've missed the singing and the fellowship. Be at peace. Do something lovely.