During the Christmas season we celebrate the grand night God came down to earth as baby. And perhaps to the rest of the universe the event looked merely like an astounding humiliation…
God, the Creator of all, became man, taking the form of a human body; a somewhat ordinary and perhaps unimpressive thing to some of us. He endured life as we do; he knows our sorrows, our temptations, how broken we really are… He came to us both as God and as a man.. enduring a confining life, and more importantly, as the ultimate sacrifice for us, dying a grisly death on the Cross. The Apostle Paul points to this death to show that God can take even the darkest moment in history and turn it into JOY.The cross, and Jesus’ triumph over death, prove that nothing is powerful enough to stamp out a reason for joy. “JOY in the LORD” as Paul says.
|Razzle Dazzle in gold, on top of the painted and stamped tissue paper surface|
Heavy bobbin play really lends itself to this detail of “pebble stitching” giving it much presence and… impact!
Psalm 30:5 “… weeping may endure for a night, but Joy Comes in The Morning.“
SAVE… and savor the flavor of those beautifully tinny foils leftover from candies… they are part of the fun and joy of this little art quilt, and notice them peeking out from under the fabric paper?! I LOVE it!
My husband really thought I had lost all my marbles when I scolded him (well not really) when he wadded up the foil wrappers from the chocolate candies as he ate them… I saw all these tiny balls of foil rolling around on the coffee table, and brought them to his attention, saying: “No, No! My love, you MUST flatten them!” Now I have to just find a place to STORE them!!!
|Little Quilt… BIG joy!|
This technique is part of a book “Mixed Media Explorations” from Beryl Taylor, also available from Quilting Arts…. and yes, I have found joy also in making “Fabric Paper Quilts.” Can’t wait to make more! Save those gum wrappers, letters, tissue papers…what a great jumping off point in this new year for more embellishment fun and joy…
May you know and live in all of God’s blessings today, tomorrow and forever.