The first time I saw the horseshoe graphic of the House of the Representatives and the orange dots representing the one hundred and two women who are now in it, I knew I wanted to use it somewhere on my fabric painting.
I wasn’t sure how it would work, but there was something about the horseshoe shape and the dots that grabbed me.
So this morning I went into my studio with the intention of finding just how and where the image would work on my fabric painting.
I walked up to the old quilt, that I’m now calling Shekinah, hanging on my wall and there it was, right in front of me.
Two hand quilted flowers, cut in half by the red border, creating a shape close to a horseshoe, facing not the House of Representative way, but with the prongs of the horse shoe up. The way old horseshoes are hung for good luck.
Using purple thread I hand stitched over the old quilting and outlined the flower/horseshoe shape. Then, with green thread, I sewed 102 buttons inside each shape.
This is what Shekinah looked like at the end of the day. Not yet finished, I don’t think, but close.