A friend saw some art quilts and asked if I could make her one. I said, “Sure!”
Now, I’ve been quilting for a lot of years, but this was one area I always admired but had never explored. I panicked. I sketched. I joined an online community of art quilters and signed up for some small challenges to learn about supplies and techniques. Panicked some more.
My friend is an addicted scrap-booker, and family is super important to her. I envisioned a family tree, and ran with that idea. The project morphed and stalled more times than I care to discuss. And sat for over a year. She was paying me a lot of money – I had to
She had seen several art quilts and fell in love, then completely trusted me to just come up with something. I broke through a lot of different fears during the process, and the quilt evolved and changed – just like I was evolving and changing artistically. I am amazed at the final product and humbled at the way God works through my hands and pops ideas into my head from nowhere.
It’s titled “Foundations”. The words at the roots represent a firm family foundation: faith, honor, integrity, trust, hope, passion, purpose. The flowers (children) springing up are the result of those roots, their ancestors (in the leaves) serving as a protective covering in the branches above.