The Cottage Journal 04.13.2020

Yesterday was Easter. Covid-19 had us attending a “virtual” Easter Mass in the morning, and provided us with tons of leftovers from our traditional ham and sweet potatoes family dinner in the afternoon, since no other family were gathered around our table. The Easter bunny (aka our lovely neighbors Kaylee and Chad) DID leave some chocolate eggs for us – outside our front door on the porch. In between Mass and dinner, I sewed. And finished the 3rd quilt in my Easter series.

It’s called Spirit-Filled, and represents the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descends in wind and flame to fill Christ’s believers with the seven gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord.

I knew I wanted to use the quilt block called Dove in the Window, to portray the Holy Spirit, even though this block actually refers to the dove that appeared to Noah in the ark, after the flood. This antique quilt has used borders and sashing in between each of the dove blocks.

But as I was laying out the blocks for my version, I didn’t have any additional red fabric and I wasn’t real keen on using so much white – so I tried a layout without the sashing in between the blocks. All of a sudden, I saw doves all over the place! (ok, ok, they are red and shaped like the quilt block called flying geese, but somehow these shapes seemed more like the Holy Spirit than the traditional white doves of peace) Come, Holy Spirit, come!

Spirit-Filled Quilt by Katie Longsmith / Size: 70″ x 70″ / 100% cotton fabrics / Dove in the Window quilt block / Flames quilting design

4 Comments on “The Cottage Journal 04.13.2020

  1. Absolutely Beautiful! Love the story behind it too! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Katie, this quilt is simply alive! I love your artful adaptation of the traditional block – so many doves and so much color. This is my favorite of your Easter series. What size is it? Will it be for sale in your quilt shop? Beautiful!

    • Thanks Margie! Spirit-Filled is 70″ x 70″, so a very generous throw-size. I’m not sure what I will do with the Easter series – have not thought that far ahead – just making the quilts has been a good Lenten journey for me this year. Love you my sister!

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