Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter !

For at least five centuries now, eggs have been depicted by the Christian Church as a symbol of Christ's Resurrection and the new life of the spring equinox.  Eggs were among the food traditionally given up during the 40 day Lenten season, so Easter Sunday is a day when Christians returned to the use of eggs in their meals. Speaking of food, these lovely eggs below are certainly candy for the eye !

Spring, 18 x 18,  by Jill Sheehan, Woodbridge, Virginia

Jill Sheehan said: "I started this [Arts and Old Lace Art Quilt] challenge with an idea in mind, but had to re-think when even beads and crystals wouldn’t get it to work. I found the answer staring me in the face in the form of a watercolor I’d done years ago – white lace eggs on a background of spring colors. I’ve even used some of the lace that was the pattern for lace in the painting. The eggs were created on tulle and fused and stitched in place. Two of the eggs have lace from old garments from a great aunt."

Close- up, Spring by Jill Sheehan

Jill's quilt was part of the Arts and Old Lace Quilt Challenge Showcase at the 2014 Road to California Quilt Show,  sponsored by the Artistic Artifacts Shop in Alexandria, Virginia. Each artist who entered the challenge was given a packet of materials including fabric swatches and pieces of lace, some in shades of white, and some colored. Artists could use the fabric provided to them, or they could substitute their own fabric.  The finished quilt size had to be 18 " x 18 ". 

In this close-up, you can see how carefully the delicate lace has been added to the tulle, then fused to the background, which is embellished with tiny beads. We think Jill did a fabulous job of creating such a fresh, vibrant, and beautiful work.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.


  1. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter.


  2. That must have been a fun challenge.

  3. I like your free pattern of the hummingbird. I have h-bird feeders and last summer had a huge flock of them all day long for the entire summer! They are already starting to come back from their migration and I like the bird pattern to make an outdoor "flag" with the bird on it...hope it turns out! Thanks for the free pattern!

  4. Love this little quilt. Great idè :-)


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