Thursday, December 20, 2012

Peace on Earth

 Here is a beautiful quilt by fiber artist Jean Baardsen.  The message, "Peace on Earth", has special meaning at Christmas.  As described in the story of the Nativity,  the heavenly angels appear to shepherds in their fields.  The angels praise God with these words:   "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Peace on Earth, 27 x 21", by Jean Baardsen

We are drawn to Jean Baardsen's quilt because of its elegant design and timeless appeal. Jean says: "This was my 2000 raffle quilt. The idea for the dove and streamers came from a Christmas card. I used green magic marker on blue fabric to make the earth. The dark blue background fabric already had the white hounds tooth and pink dots on it. "Peace" was added with couched gold trim. I wanted to call the quilt "Peace on Earth" and if you look at the detail, you can see the word "on" written in one of the pink dots!" (shown below).

Close-up, Peace on Earth by Jean Baardsen

Jean Baardsen has been making art quilts since 1995; she also paints and creates works of art with mixed media. She says: "The principal source of inspiration for my art work is nature. Birds, fish, trees and flowers make frequent appearances. And then there’s the fabric. Thrift shops exist to provide me with fascinating fabrics for my art quilts. Whatever clothing is colorful, strange, unique, or weird makes its way home with me. Old blouses are the bread and butter of my fabric stash."

 Image credits:  The image is shown with the generous permission of Jean Baardsen. We previously featured Jean's "Red Sky at Night" quilt in Quilt Inspiration Classics: Nautical Quilts.

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