Lenten Banner

In this 5 X 9 foot banner is machine sewn, appliqued and quilted. I used Caryl Bryer Fallert’s method of making foundation or the desert part of this piece. When I use her method the piece come out flat. I love to have them to be flat than when I add other parts to it and it becomes a better piece. The passion flower in the center has wire sewn into it so it sits 1 ½” above the center of the cross. All of the applique is raw edge with the center of the flower is wire filled felting with hand painted wire around the stamen. All of the lettering is made with a die cut machine on fabric I backed with a heat bonding material on fabrics I wanted to use on this piece.


Scales– are a symbol of justice and judgment, used for weighing good and evil, right and wrong.

Purple/Violet– These are liturgical colors that represent sorrow and penitence.

Y or Path- It is the symbol of free will because of the choice of direction offered at the intersection of the figure. The path is an ancient symbol of life’s pilgrimage and emphasizes choices.

Clouds and XL – represent the presence of God and 40 for the number of days that Jesus was in the desert.

Sunset– Is for the time of life the Jesus went into the desert.

Head– in the hill is for your time to think about Jesus and God in this time of Lent.

The Passion Flower  – (Passiflora Incarnata)

Early Spanish settlers found this flower in South and Central America. Being deeply religious, the flower reminded them of the Crucifixion so they named the new flower

Here is the reason:

  • The five-part purple blossoms with stripes of white were the wounds on Jesus.
  • The 72 purple filaments symbolized the crown of thorns worn by Jesus.
  • The styles were the three nails, and the stamen was the hammer that drove the nails into Jesus’ hands and feet.
  • The Holy Trinity is portrayed by the three secondary calyx leaf bracts.
  • The three stigmas represent Christ and the two thieves on the crosses.
  • The petals and sepals were the ten apostles who were present at the Crucifixion. Judas and Peter are omitted because one betrayed Jesus and the other denied him.


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