I used Caryl Bryer Fallert’s method of making the main part of this piece. Her method makes a flat piece so I can add to it for my three dimensional parts with ease. The cross and sash are machine appliqued down but the sash is free to move around within the folds I put in it. The crane has been hand painted and machine appliqued with machine quilting throughout the whole piece. I fussy cut out the wonderful butterflies and they are raw edge appliqued down. It is 5’ X 9’ piece.
Dawn: Rebirth, regeneration, new life, hope, salvation and eternal life.
Clouds: These pink clouds represent the presence of God.
White: represents purity holiness and is used at Easter.
Butterflies: 40 of them for the forty days in the fabrics as well as the cut out ones. Resurrection derived from nature are linked to spring, a season of new life.
Water: Symbolic of God’s blessings in the form of spiritual refreshment and nourishment. God is described as the fountain of living water. Water is also a symbol of the blessing of eternal life.
Spring Season: New Life
Crane: Renewal and resurrection in early Christian iconography because its migratory flight announced the coming of spring. The crane is also a model of Christian vigilance. The crane keeps itself awake by standing on one foot and holding a stone in the other. If it nods off, the stone falls and awakens it.