Saturday, October 27, 2012

Molecular Mini / Bloggers Quilt Festival

To those of you popping by for the first time, salutations! For those of you accustomed to me, welcome back!

Following is my entry for this round of the Bloggers Quilt Festival.

Amy's Creative Side

This fall, I am entering a mini quilt created to fulfill an assignment for the School of Supernatural Life. For the sake of those new to this blog, and to those who may be unclear, please understand that this is a faith-based course most closely resembling Charismatic Christianity, so the following description reflects that perspective. Typically I try to keep my blog light on text and heavy on photos, so readers may know very little about my personal convictions. However, I quite adore how this mini quilt came out, and as it just so happens that its story is based in a faith experience, and the imagery may be inscrutable at best otherwise, I am taking this opportunity as an exception.

My mini quilt was created after a week focusing on the power of the cross of Jesus. We were asked to reflect on what God had revealed to us over the course of classes, then ask Papa God for a picture of what it means to be one with Christ - His death, burial, and resurrection. Essentially, the question is, "What did Jesus pay for, and what does that mean for you?" It means much more than a new set of values or guidelines for new behavior, that's for sure!

When I asked Papa God, I saw a picture of two strands of DNA unwinding - mine and Jesus's - then the two coming together. I am one with Christ - I am IN Christ - and He is in me. Jesus's desire was for me to be one with Him (John 17:24-26), and the effects of union with the Prince of Peace and the Way, Truth, and Life are sweet joy and peace.

To create the double helixes, I machine-stitched the strands, then hand-embroidered each of the connecting base pairs. I then appliqued tiny hexagons and embroidered the remainder of each molecular structure. Resveratrol, the controversial "miracle molecule", is the larger, and dopamine is the smaller. I chose these as molecules that symbolize the restfulness, healing, and richness of life that comes with knowing who I am to Papa God and what my relationship to Jesus really is.

I thought a print from Sweetwater's Sunkissed line particularly appropriate and intentionally positioned each element to highlight the subtle text. Finally, to maintain the visual integrity of the piece, I hand-tacked the mini quilt sporadically, as one might hand-tie.

Festival stats:
Name:  Molecular Mini
Designed and sewn by:  MissMary (me!)
Quilted by:  MissMary (me!)
Techniques:  machine- and hand-embroidered, applique, hand-"tied"
Size:  8.5 x 11 inches
Categories:  Hand-quilted; Art quilt; Mini quilt

As I said before, I quite adore how the mini quilt turned out - not only as it stretched me into using less comfortable techniques but also because it reflects a reality I am living with more and more each moment.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of the Festival (return here)!


Nina Marie said...

well first of all - I find it interesting where the Holy Spirit led you to create - very cool. I find most of my best creations come after I spend time with God and ask Him to guide me. Have you thought about entering Sacred Threads - entries aren't due till March - go look at the website. Great little quilt - blessings!

Eileen said...

Interesting little quilt. Really love it. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Anonymous said...

Great mini and story. I really respect creative reflection on faith, thanks for sharing with us!

mb. said...

I love this! Many years ago I knit one of the diagrams my husbands thesis; it looked like random mistaken stitches to anyone who didn't KNOW; we liked it anyhow.

CitricSugar said...

Very cool quilt and thank you for sharing your story about it. I also appreciate the delicate grace with which you prefaced that - it was sensitive, personal, and reflected both an ownership of your own faith and respect for others' faiths. That's something that is just as beautiful as your quilting.

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

Love it! My husband and I both have chemistry degrees.

Amanda said...

The helixes look great. I clicked your link as a science nerd, but I appreciated finding others of faith. It always seems the world could use more faith.

straythreads said...

thanks for sharing very thought provoking. ann57

Carolyn said...

Beautiful story of this quilt. This quilt is so pretty.

grapes and hearts said...

Oh, that hand stitching and hand quilting looks so gorgeous. Love that mini quilt :o)