Friday, March 22, 2013

Crazy Quilt Journal Project March & February 2013

This block is March's entry...
I enclosed the ribbon roses with lattice work and added  a bit of antique lace, a woven basket and seed beads.

The following block was for the month of February (Valentine's Day) which I forgot to post to the blog the month it was due.  I thought I would continue with the doorway theme.  One often needs a key to open a door and we speak of a key to the heart.  Notice I also forgot to include my spider!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Contemplation of the Virgin and Child

The Virgin has been the focus of contemplation since the Wedding at Cana.  I was inspired by Redwood Mountain Musings to create this contemplative aide with lots of antique lace and trims.  My fabric and lace books seeks to remind us that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, carries with her the spirit of contemplation as she "pondered all these things in her heart and heard the Word of God and lived by it."
The book measures 7.5" by 6" and weighs just 8.75 ozs.  There are three two-page spreads, plus the cover and back pages for a total of eight embellished pages. Each page has a picture of the Virgin & Child with the exception of the last page.  Inside the first page is a pocket for Rosary beads and small mementos/keepsakes.
There is also a side pocket of cut-work embroidery for prayer cards.
The Queen of Heaven wears a cown while angels adore the Babe.
Ribbon stamped with the fleur-de-lis (symbol of the Virgin) ties the book close.