Above is a photo and a close-up of guild member Barbara Mitchell's art quilt, “Prayers at the Wailing Wall.”
I created it last year after a trip to Israel in late 2012. For me, the visit to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem was one of the most moving moments of my trip. The wall is very high and made of large stone blocks. People write prayers on slips of paper and tuck them into crevices between the blocks. I printed prayers on silk and also used fabrics with writing, and hand-stitched them to the quilt. I used green yarns to represent the bits of lichen and ferns that sprout. Since I generally use a lot of bright color, it was a challenge to me to create something with pale colors.
Congratulations to Barbara for the well-deserved recognition. A note to guild members, Barbara will be presenting a hands-on program for the guild on June 14. Save the date!