Plodding along…

Mary visited by the angel GabrielI had hoped to applique at least five advent pictures and have them posted by now along with some devotional thoughts, but life got in the way (I’m going to a new church and directing the choir). I finally completed this one after Christmas.

This is Gabriel visiting Mary and giving her the message that she would give birth to the Messiah.

I feel overwhelmed each time I start one of these appliqued images. Even though I had Violet Vandor’s illustration to go by and Nancy Gordon’s sketch to simplify the picture for quilting, I was still apprehensive as I tackled each part of the picture. I wonder if I’m being too much of a perfectionist or if I should simplify the pictures even more before trying to applique them.

My heart’s desire is to find a simpler way to make Bible quilts so children will have them on their beds or in the family TV room where they can inspire Bible reading and discussion. I recognize that applique isn’t going to be the answer for very many people, but I hope to inspire people to try to make Bible quilts one way or another.

I would love to get feedback from my readers. What would inspire you to make a Bible quilt? Are coloring pages a realistic approach to making the quilt pictures? Do I need to work harder at finding a way to get pre-printed fabrics with Bible pictures on it? That too seems overwhelming to me.

Some good news: I discovered a website that had square coloring page Bible story pictures on a web page today. The address is

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Janice D. Green retired as an elementary librarian to write books. She is author, illustrator, and publisher of The Creation, a Bible storybook for children. The colorful illustrations are hand appliqued fabric pictures that have been put together to make a Bible quilt. Her passion is to write about the Bible in a way that encourages people to want to read it for themselves. Through this Bible Quilts blog she hopes to encourage others to make Bible quilts for the children in their lives.


Plodding along… — 2 Comments

  1. HI, I am a seamstress/substitute teacher, and love creating bible verse quilts. I generally take a set of embroidery designs, and then take bible verses around them. I am presently completing a quilt for my newest grandson… it has the names of God on alphabet squares (actually rectangles!) I would like to digitize (turn your coloring book pictures into computer designs that embroidery machines can then sew out) your coloring books to make some quilts for friends’ children. Would there be some way we could join together, and offer the machine designs of the coloring books you have made? These could then be colored by children- or used as people desire. I too, feel it is a blessing to have God’s word on quilts where children can see and think about God and his wonders! Nancy

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