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The Fat Lady Has Sung

It’s over. The worship quilt, fittingly named "Veni Sancte Spiritus" (Come Holy Spirit) is winging its way to Mobile, Alabama.  Mr. C describes it this way: the rainbow background represents God’s Creation and the crosses in many colors represent the diversity of God’s people who inhabit the earth.

It should arrive on Monday. Needless to say, I am very nervous. I hope it lives up to all the hype and works to the Glory of God in its new space. I hope they will send me photos of it hanging there. In the meantime, here is a photo and close-up that I took this morning:




You can see some photos that Steph took here.

I feel somewhat lost and at loose ends. I am having empty nest syndrome!! I have some cleaning up to do, for sure. This week-end is the BIG Eastmoreland annual garage sale. We are going to participate in that on Saturday. I need to get to work on my correspondence course with Jane Dunnewold. That will surely be fun and creative.

Last night when we were walking about the neighborhood, we stopped to introduce ourselves to some new folks from California. They also have a mid-century brick ranch. Well, it turns out that they publish this magazine which I have seen before:


So they are going to come by and check out our house. They are working on theirs and plan to photograph it for the magazine and a book that they are publishing on  mid-century design. Before this they lived in a bungalow in Pasadena.

Well, I am off to think about what to put out for the garage sale and what to charge. Steph, the garage sale queen, is coming over tomorrow to help us. I promised her a fabulous gourmet dinner in return.

15 Responses to “The Fat Lady Has Sung”

  1. Wonderful realization from start to finish. You should pat yourself heartily on the back!

  2. ginger says:

    I’ve been watching the developement of this worship in action and vision …it is a joy to see it finished…how it will grace that congregation !!!! Isn’t it wonderful to have daughters who will come and toil!!! My daughter has been a huge help these last few weeks as we prepare for a wedding for my brother….I enjoy reading about your adventures and hope to join you in one of them soon!!! Ginger

  3. dee says:

    Congratulations-it’s breathtaking!Wonderful words by Mr.C too. That church is going to glow with color.Time to re-charge and relax for a bit?

  4. Judy says:

    Awesome work…and the name is so very appropriate. I’m sure you know the Taize chant (well, it’s Gregorian, I suppose) of Veni Sancte Spiritus…I just can’t get it out of my mind when I think about your quilt! You look like one proud Mama next to that baby. And I’ll bet you do have an empty nest sort of feeling! I’m sure your baby will arrive in Mobile safe and sound…and I just know those good Southern folk are gonna be so proud to have it adorning their worship space. Glory to God!!!

  5. Kathie says:

    I cannot believe you have this quilt finished ALREADY. It’s absolutely stunning. Moving things forward and getting things done–yeah!!

  6. Sandra in Utah says:

    The quilt is absolutely stunning.
    I’m so glad you changed the crosses. In the 1st placement all I could see were the crosses but now I see the whole piece and
    it glows.

  7. Carol says:

    Gerrie, it is spectacular! Aren’t you just jazzed? What a great gift to that congregation…no more staring at the pate of the preacher but at these glorious colors.

  8. Micki says:

    The quilt turned out beautiful, Gerrie. I am sure the church congregation will love seeing it each time they are there.

  9. lisa says:

    that is one of my favorite magazines!! please tell them! and your quilt is gorgeous. will it still be in your possession when i come friday?

  10. DebR says:

    The quilt turned out just gorgeous, Gerrie. I know the church members are going to love it!

  11. anne bebbington says:

    Just awesome in the tue sense of the word – I have often been in church and prayed with my eyes open focussing on something – maybe a candle flame, a floral arrangement or a stained glass window – I find it helps me to concentrate better than closing my eyes when the everyday thoughts tend to come drifting in for me – this would be beautiful thing to focus on in prayer :o)

  12. Karoda says:

    You face radiates as much as the quilt in Steph’s photo! Congratulations lady!

  13. KT says:

    Oh MY Goodness!!! Your quilt is stunning. The good people of Mobile will love it. Congratulations on such a long term project. It is amazing. I love the picture of you and the quilt.

  14. mary manahan says:


    Congrats on finishing this exquisite piece!

  15. sally says:

    It was nice meeting you the other day. Beautiful quilt! What a blessing it will be in its new home.