I also took along a picture of an arched window from Spain. I wanted to use it to enclose the picture because Stephen had always wanted to travel to Spain. He was never able to fulfill that desire, but in 2012, his dad and I traveled to Spain with his brother, Jon and his family.
Here is the pattern that I managed to draft for my project. I pretty much stayed to that size. A picture of the window that was my inspiration is also shown.
I found that I had to be in the mood and feel Stephen "speaking" to me in order to work on this project. Part of me felt I should get it done. Part of me wanted for it to marinate and speak to me about what to do next. The project languished off and on. I'd work on it a little and then put it away without making much progress. It provided a good opportunity to try out thread painting and quilting skills.
Below are pictures that might be labeled "in progress.
I played around with the idea of adding foliage of some sort but I could never come up with exactly what I wanted. For a while I thought about bougainvilla but I didn't feel skillful enough to create something like that. So it sat, and sat, and sat until one day while looking through a Quit Arts magazine, I saw a quilt about cancer that had a lot of words on it. I had my ah-ha moment........Stephen's quilt needed words.
We were coming up on Stephen's birthday on September 15th. He would have been 38 years old. I knew what I was going to do that day. I was going to finish his quilt. I sequestered myself in my sewing room and went to work. With Stephen's spirit beside me, I have finished my tribute to my youngest son. I love you Stephen.
YOU CAME INTO THIS WORLD ON SEPTEMBER 15, 1976.
GOD ENTRUSTED YOU TO US TO LOVE AND NURTURE FOR A SEASON.
YOU WERE ALWAYS GOD’S CHILD BEFORE YOU WERE OURS.
ONE DAY WE BLINKED AND LIFE CHANGED FOREVER.
GOD CALLED YOU HOME AND OUR HEARTS ACHED TO UNDERSTAND.
WE LOVE YOU FOREVER, FOREVER YOU’LL BE………….OUR STEPHEN
SON, MUSICIAN, BROTHER, UNCLE, ARTIST, WRITER, FRIEND, CHILD OF GOD.
HEAVEN DATE FEBRUARY 24, 2009.