Friday, September 23, 2011

Fall Quilt for The Exodus House

I've been working on a little secret project, which was first inspired by Elizabeth's Billboard Quiltalong. I immediately loved the quilt in concept and its modern look, but I didn't commit myself to participating until I knew what my "word" was going to be.

Billboard Quiltalong: Exodus Quilt Applique

Over the past year (but through a shared dream from years prior), friends of ours started a men's transitional shelter called The Exodus House. The purpose of the house is to help men find an exodus, or a means of escape, from the cycles of poverty, alcoholism and addictions.

Exodus Quilt Label

In addition to receiving counseling, job search support and shelter, these men are invited to become part of a community where the "residents" and "staff" live together under the same roof, and encourage one another to find healing. It's really beautiful to hear these men talk about how living in the house has changed their lives from hopeless to hopeful.

Exodus Quilt

I know that it is not easy or glamorous to do this kind of work. Stitching together these blocks is my very small gesture to recognize their efforts in doing the everyday work of rebuilding lives.

When I decided on the Exodus quilt concept, my color choices were inspired by masculine fabrics from my stash. I steered clear of florals and incorporated bold, graphic designs. But the colors just weren't doing it for me, so even after I had sewn together the patchwork letters, I layered over two of the green fabrics completely until I got the Fall-inspired palette I was hoping for!

Bye-bye brights... Slowly becoming a Fall-inspired quilt
For the back, I did go a little floral with this vintage sheet mixed with Kona solid stripes (a putty color and a dark brown stripe to match the front).

Exodus Quilt Back: Kona stripes plus vintage sheet

I quilted the top in three main sections and then filled in with more wavy lines once it was pieced together. I think it looks a bit like a tree trunk, which makes me happy.

Exdodus Quilt on Bed

I'm entering this quilt in Rachel's Celebrate Color challenge for September. These warm colors remind me of fall, and the quilt as a whole inspires me to realize that broken lives can become beautiful again.

Exodus Quilt From Left

There is love, acceptance and hope in this community. I find so much hope in the people around me.  This quilt is going to its new home this Sunday. This brings my heart so, so much joy. And I also feel a bit sneaky, because it's a surprise.

Celebrate Color

Thanks for taking a look! Also linking to Fabric Tuesday.




27 comments:

  1. it's beautiful. it's a simple gesture, but so powerful. it says "you're important enough for me to spend my time on."

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  2. Beautiful - I love the fabrics you have used for the words!

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  3. What a beautiful quilt and an even more beautiful sentiment.

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  4. Lindsay, it is a wonderful quilt- love the colors but the meaning and story behind it are even better!

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  5. Makes we want to shed happy tears.....sometimes it's the things we do that seem less significant to us that make the biggest impact on others. I feel the love in that quilt!

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  6. Wow, the quilt itself is so wonderful and the heartfelt-ness behind it is inspiring :-)

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  7. Lovely work. I love Oh Fransson's stuff!

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  8. Lindsay, this is fabulous. I love the color palette you used, it's so different, and I love the meaning behind the quilt. Just stunning :)

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  9. What a great job and for a worthy cause too! Saw you on linky party and now gfc and pinterest following you, Karima :) www.karimascrafts.com

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  10. Love it! The story, the colors, the quilting, EVERYTHING! Great finish, Lindsay! :) Thanks for linking up to {Sew] Modern Monday and have a great week!

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  11. It is absolutely beautiful and what a worthy cause too.

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  12. Very cool. I just bought a word quilt book. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Blessings,
    AlwaysSewLove

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  13. Love this it's better in person.

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  14. Love this! your letters are fantastic!

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  15. Hi there, I found ya via blog hop and had to stop in and say hello, LOVE all your creativity and space here.. Excited to get to share in more blog fun reads and inspiration from ya.. I'm officially following ya.. I'm Marilyn via http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/09/its-officially-fall-crawl-day-1.html - hope you can stop in sometime.. TY

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  16. What a fabulous quilt - so much work and thought has gone into it - and for such a great cause too! I'm sure it will be well appreciated!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  17. Very beautiful - both the quilt and the way you are contributing so much to this cause :)

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  18. Wow! What a stunning quilt.
    And such a fabulous cause!!

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  19. This quilt is frankly amazing (awesome fabric choices!!!). But, more than that, I loved hearing the story of the Exodus house. What a beautiful work. Thank-you for honoring them in this way.

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  20. What a wonderful cause. Thanks for sharing and I love the way the quilt came out. Perfect!

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  21. A beautiful quilt for an amazing cause!

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  22. This is the type of thing that makes quilting so wonderful. Thanks for sharing the story and the beautiful quilt!

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  23. You did a great job piecing those letters, just beautiful!

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  24. What a great tribute to such wonderful works. Thanks for sharing your inspiration behind your quilt.

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  25. I love your quilt and the concept of exodus. It's always seemed more hopeful to me than escape (although the leaving aspect can look the same). I hope your quilt brings some joy and encouragement to those who need it. It definitely brightened my day!

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