It was so interesting to read the other MM postings and discover that so many of us had almost immediately thought of the same ways to describe "Element." The Periodic Chart of Chemical Elements came to mind right away - I even printed out a Chart and was trying to figure out how I could get the chart onto a 12" x 12" quilt. The TAPS (Transfer Artist Paper) process could be used, but I've already somewhat 'conquered' that method (well.... sort-of conquered it!) and I wanted to do something different this time. Back to Webster's Dictionary where, as Rita has already discussed, one of the definitions referenced the bread and wine of Holy Communion. I'm Roman Catholic, and my next quest for information took me to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) website that referred to "the consecration of the elements [bread and wine]" of Communion. With that definition in mind, my direction changed from Chemical to Liturgical !
My quilt is highly symbolic in that it uses the stylized wheat stalks to represent bread, and a large Communion 'host' (wafer) to represent the consecration of the bread into the Body of Christ. The lower portion of the quilt uses several sections of "grape-y" colored fabrics to represent the grapes that are converted into wine that will be consecrated into the Blood of Christ. If you could see that section up close, you'd notice several 'seeds' that have been encapsulated in blue tulle netting. The 'watery-type' metallic threads represent the waters that are necessary for the elements of wheat (bread) and grapes (wine) to grow into harvestable forms.
The third picture on this posting really has nothing at all to do with my little quilt.... I just wanted to share with all of you a beautiful pink rose that's blooming in our yard here in Central Texas. Welcome Spring and Thank You God for the beautiful elements you provide for us in all your wonderful ways.