Our church requested crosses for hanging in the sanctuary during Lent. The only requirements were that they be no larger than 24 x 24, but at least 15 x 15 and that they depict a cross. Here are my creations -- my first foray into designing my own and I really enjoyed it. I like executing someone else's design and trying to make it as good as the model, but I find joy in not having to measure up to a standard. No one call tell what is right and wrong with my work, because however it turned out, that's what I intended! (yeah, I know the one on the right looks like a star, but I like the amibiguity, also it's not really original, but modified from a quilt pattern.) Click on the images to see details in larger pictures.
Tomorrow I will attend an Applique Society meeting -- a quilting club that just formed in November, so I'm a charter member. It looks like a great opportunity for making friends and for getting some tips on quilting. It has been hard for me to make friends since we have been in Missouri. I have lots of acquaintances, but no real friends here. I tend to isolate and focus on the boys, so it's my own fault. Church, neighbors, and contacts through the kids school and activities have yielded a large circle of connections, but still no soul-bonding. We'll see. Of course, I still have my family and wonderful friends from years past whom I keep up with through travel and the internet, and I wouldn't trade one of them for a new buddy.