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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Illuminated letters?

I'm making this for a friend who just got a mid-life academic appointment.
To celebrate his new career as a professor of theology,
I'm making him a small word quilt for his office.
He picked the Latin quote: fides quaerens intellectum,
which means faith seeking understanding.
All the letters are made from word fabric, and the letters are about 4.5 inches high.
I wasn't happy with how much empty space there was in the top row,
so I experimented a bit with a filler.

The large f was originally a cross, but I decided to make it the first letter of the quote,
and invoke a sense of medieval manuscripts with illuminated letters.
I'm going to embroider around the light brown f in black and gold,
to embellish it a bit, as well as making the letter pop a bit more.
It was fun to be working with letters again.
It's been awhile for me.


Brenda said...

I'm commenting here to get the follow-up comments emailed to me.

joe tulips said...

I love it. I need to start collecting more word fabric. That looks so cool!!

Diane said...


Nifty Quilts said...

Very inspired! I'm sure he'll treasure it.

Tonya Ricucci said...

I love it with all the text fabric. definitely pop that F!

Quilter Kathy said...

Very creative! I do like the darker F...I didn't even notice the F in the second photo.

Lynn said...

Love all your wordy fabrics!

Hoola Tallulah said...

Your wordy stuffs are always so brilliant, I am in awe as to how you do it?

rubra said...

It is lovely.
The quote literally means "Faith seeking understanding" rather than "Faith seeks understanding." The grammar difference is small-- it simply indicates that faith is actively seeking understanding -- right now!