Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Intra Muros....

.....which means "within the walls", where they should be, in the sanctuary of Grace UMC, Rochester Indiana, hanging and looking glorious!
The above photo is taken from the choir loft, so you can get some sense of their size. This is a deceptively large sanctuary when you first walk in.....it seems smaller, then you start seeing there is a LOT of wall space!

This is the full length view, hanging. I have reduced the photo size so if you click it, it will only go so large.  I had to zoom from the choir loft to get this; I was lucky to get the amount of resolution I did!

And now for how big they really are.......the lady standing in front is just a few inches shorter than me, so this truly shows the length of the pieces. And this is why it is so hard to get them sewn and straight and looking right.
Everyone was quite happy with them; they were having fun finding all the little beads and pearls that were sewn on, and how the flames reflected light different in different areas of the church, how the background fabric had pattern, how things glowed, etc. etc. Which was precisely what I was hoping for!!!
It was fun; sort of like a "Where's Waldo?".......except with banners......LOL!!!
Hope you enjoy these and understand why I am as crazy as I am on a good day!
Now......go have some fun, or enjoy family that has come in, or rest! (I vote for the last!) As for me, I am not leaving the house today, and may just retreat to the studio, not to resurface for a bit....   ;-)



Marilyn said...

I have one phrase to describe these banners........

...... BREATH TAKING....... ! ! !

The sheer volumn of these beautiful banners speak for themselves!! You are an artistic genius!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Yeah Marilyn.....until they are put into perspective size wise, it's hard to justify all my whining! (which I do well!!!!)
Thanks! And I am glad they are there! LOL!!!


Deborah said...

Oh Anne, they are beyond beautiful. Stunning!!! And Gigantic! You really had your way with that fabric. I can imagine how thrilled the church must be to have them grace their walls. Perfection! **clapping of many hands** ♥ ♥ ♥ Deb

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Deborah, you found the word that had escaped me.....gigantic.
They always are!!! The older churches have huge wall height and small banners get lost.....sooooooo.....
And yes, they were happy, as I heard both there and throught he grapevine!


Linda Moran said...

Spectacular! It's like having made three king-size quilts! They are fabulous in the church. Breath-taking - I can only imagine the moving around of bulk - makes your posts make more sense. Truly spectacular!!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Linda...yes....I felt Like I was trying to speed-sew a king size quilt. Which is funny because when we recently bought our king sized bed, I informed DH that I would NOT be making anything that large....Hmmmmmmm.....
I think I need my head examined! LOL!!


Quilt Rat said...

Wow......absolutely amazing! You should be very proud of this accomplishment. You said they were BIG? my kids would say that they are

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I think your kids are totally RIGHT! LOL!!
maybe it's because I've done them before that they just fall into the *big* catagory...... :)


Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Oh my goodness! They are Exquisite! What Beauty! You my friend, are a very talented lady! The sheer volume of the work amazes me! When I saw the first picture..I thought how beautiful it was but then...next to the lady!!! It knocked my socks off!! Quite an undertaking-A true labor of love!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Thanks Sharon!
usually I consider it a labor of complete insanity..... ;)
Until I hang them.
Then the world is *okay*!


marianne said...

these are glorious anne- thanks so much for sharing them in their home! have a great day! i will get to posting the award in the next day or so-

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey, Like I said...no hurry, especially at this time of year! LOL!
Thanks for the kind comments!


audrey said...

WOW for the size! WOW for the beauty! WOW, for YOU!!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Audrey...please come shoot me like the thanksgiving turkey...put me to rest! LOL!!!!!!
Tinkering in the wet studio...putting things away. Amazing what piles up!


yoborobo said...

ANNE!!!!! HOLY MACKEREL! When you said BIG, I thought BIG, but no way did I ever think they were this BIG. They are simply stunning. I am in awe of your abilities. How could you get those straight? I can't imagine getting them to the church! And not bleeding on all that gorgeous fabric (because I stab myself at least once a day). You should be very proud, they are marvelous, and I know the church must be doing carthweels. Just lovely! Now take a well-deserved break! xoxoxoxo Pam

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Well, Pam, my DNA is infused in the banners, quite a lot (heehee!) and as far as straight, I have two 4x8 sheets of exterior insulation foam I pin and square everything to. So they are mostly straight.
And I'm being a slug today---made one mess with glitter and another trying to clean it up! HA!
I think I'll knit, and decide if we're eating on Thanksgiving....or if I will be shooting a turkey buzzard......LOL!!!!


Georgina said...

Holy crap!!! I didn't realize the scale of these banners till I saw the pic with a person in front of it. No wonder you're exhausted!!

I remember making something like that for Easter Sunday at our church, St. Patrick Cathedral (not the NYC version). Our CYO group made a huge burlap banner to go on the roof to the play ground of the adjoining school. We finally finished it and put it up and low and behold, the Lord Jesus Christ was giving the his flock the finger for all to see. We had to stitch his middle finger back from the roof. Oh, those were the days when I was 16 and could lean over and stitch the Lords finger back into place without it it blowing in the west TX wind storm!! LOL

Great work, my friend!!

Love ya,

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Georgna...ONLY YOU!!!!! OMG....too funny, too funny!
And I cringingly remember the era of burlap banners! I think that's why I labor for these new ones to not at all resemble what was in our church....I always thought what was hanging looked like it belonged in a stable. Don't know how the nuns got so into burlap.
Not going there!
Thanks for the big laugh!


Leslie said...

They are fabulous! Congratulations on the accomplishment! Wowser!

Julie ZS said...

Completely wonderful and amazing. Love seeing them installed like that!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Anne,
Oh wow, how much work has gone into making these. No wonder you were feeling out of sorts.
Well done and thanks for sharing.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi girls--thanks!
I decided since it was such a dark gloomy day and I was pooped that the couch, a blanket and some good old "Dark Shadows" was the perfect treat.
I am thinking a nap happened in there somewhere..... ;)
And probably another after dinner---all in all, a delightful nothing-done day! LOL!!!


A Stitch In Thyme said...

Oh ANNE... these are glorious for certain. I'm sure they were pleased with your artistic imagination. I can also understand why you felt they were daunting more than once. Blessings to you and yours for happy thanksgiving!!

I love these, just beautiful. Tammy

Bunny said...

Oh my these are surly spectacular. I am sure they will be enjoyed by many who see your artwork. Bravo..Enjoy your turkey tomorrow.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Everything has already been exclaimed but you have done yourself PROUD!!!! I am so happy for you lady so now go and have some fun. Imagine and Live in Peace. Mary Helen

I still need to do my list of 10 things about me...I ran around most of the day today but I should be in to Think.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Tammy, Bunny, Mary Helen,
I ended up taking the whole of the day off yesterday---hurt too much to have any fun but sleeping and being curled in a blanket, with the occasional coherent moments for knitting was pretty good. I was done in by weather and also, as I thought about it later, the actual installation of the things; reaching overhead and stretching, holding all that weight at odd angles, etc.
I am thinking today is another nothing done day......which is okay!
Good Greetings of the Season to y'all!!!


gypsylulu said...

OMG!...Anne, now, i can really get the sense of the size of these!...with the woman standing there...they are sooooo very beautiful..somehow, that word does not seem adequate. How amazing you have them hanging in the designated spot...such a joy
for the church members ..seeing them there..BRAVO!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!
XOXO, gypsy

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

hey Gypsy---
Yeah, they are BIG!!!
And yes, I am soooooo glad they're done!!!
Found out the minister liked them too, so all is good.
I plan do the least possible these next days!


Magpie's Mumblings said...

Obviously there are several different definitions for the word BIG. The big in my mind was nowhere close to the BIG that was translated by you! All I can say is...it's incredible and so are you for even contemplating doing such masterpieces.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

LOL!!! MA, everyone says the same; and I cannot express while working on them, even if I give dimensions, how BIG big is!
I think the visual with Deb standing next to the one was necessary to reslly show BIG!
I thinkI'm flat out crazy for doing these, and they were MUCH EASIER when I was younger!!!


di from di-did-it said...

I'm so glad you shared photos of the banners hanging in their home. I'm in awe.... you have my respect & admiration, hon!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Thanks Di!

They do look quite different in that huge sanctuary.
Wonder if DH would spring for a larger studio??? ;) LOL!!!


Stitchwhiz said...

Wow, I came back to your blog at just the right time! The banners are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. For sure you need a larger studio!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Glad to see you here!!!!
Thanks for the comment and I am impressed that you can spell, ummm, well the compliment word!! LOL!!
Take care!


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