So many thoughts came to mind with the topic of Comfort. I was in Rome, Italy for 10 days in Sept. - Oct. with 50 other people from our church, and one of my first thoughts of comfort was of shoes... slippers...sandals... anything to keep my poor tired aching feet comfortable.
And then, of course, the gathering of many of the MMs (and 20,000+ other quilters) at the incredible International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX just a couple of weeks ago. (Really needed comfortable shoes for that event !)
And then another thought: "Southern Comfort !" With a splash of tonic, or as my mother would have preferred... with a slight amount of Grenadine :-D
And then... "Comfort Foods." Our Southern Hospitality is filled with Comfort Foods that delight the palate and sooth the soul. Soul Food.... What do I turn to for Comfort ? Family, of course, and friends.
Above all, I turn to God. And for me, some of the closest times I have with God are with His music. I've been a church musician since way back in the 7th grade (a long time ago !) and have been privileged to present His beautiful music in various church services for over 40 years. And so, I chose a beautiful, soul-ful hymn based on Isaiah 40:1-8 that was written in the 1500's; translated in the 1800's and is as important now as it was centuries ago. "Comfort, Comfort O My People."
Using TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) developed by Lesley Riley, I printed the lyrics for "Comfort, Comfort..." onto a TAP image transfer sheet and then transferred the image to my background fabric. The fabric is filled with music notations (treble and bass clefs, etc.) I free-motion quilted the quilt, and outlined the treble clefs to give them some prominence. (Actually, it was my husband, Greg, who suggested outlining the treble clefs ! Isn't it great to have the husbands come up with such wonderful ideas !) Binding and the hanging sleeve (with my label) were next. The last step was to stitch the cross onto the left side of the quilt. I used my Bernina couching foot and Madeira monofilament thread to apply the heavy copper metallic thread. (Basically, this is the same process as I described in our "Green" quilts in September). The backing fabric is filled with music notations, and I know you can't see it in the pictures, but the hymn that's printed on that fab is "Amazing Grace" ! How sweet the sound !
Peace and blessings to all .... Kathy