― Khaled Hosseini,
In order to do all I want to do, I am going to have to live to be at least 132! But my time the past few weeks has been taken up by a creation done in love. My church, Westside UU, has a new minister, the Reverend Shari Woodbury and last Sunday, we had her Installation Ceremony. It was a wonderful service; I think the whole congregation was there as well as many ministers from other UU churches in the area and friends/ministers of Shari's from other cities.
We, the congregation, spent many hours getting the grounds and building more presentable. You know how it is when you are having company or something special going on? It is an opportunity to spruce up all those little things that you meant to do earlier but just hadn't gotten around2it! My small part in the whole affair was to design and make a wall hanging for the occasion. So here is my process:
As I have probably said before, I design in my head first, then to my design wall. I rarely sketch out my plan; I just pull fabric and jump in. For this project, I wanted to incorporate music, because I knew Shari is very fond of music as well are most of the congregation...to the point that a "Special Choir" had been formed with at least thirty people...much larger than our really great regular choir...with a special director and all!
First thing I did was create paper pieced letters of one of my very favorite songs "Come Sing A Song with Me". (Paper piecing is a quilting technique that I am not going to take time to explain now but if you are really interested, you can go to this youtube link to hear all about it!) Then I decided to print off on fabric lyrics of many of our favorite songs. (Again another quilting technique with a youtube explanation) I then began placing these items on my design wall. I knew the banner had to be pretty narrow because the wall it hangs on is curved and won't allow for anything too wide.
|Sixth and final design|
|For the Pulpit|
|In the church before the Ceremony|