Friday, July 14, 2017

A Unique Commission

One thing led to another. 

First a stole was purchased through our online stole. Several years later, upon ministering at a new church, a commission was entered into led by this same pastor. This project included stoles, Communion table cloths and paraments for the pulpit/lectern. The process became a collaboration as the Church year rolled along. With each new season we emailed back and forth our ideas, sketches and fabric swatches until a plan was ready to be executed in our Michigan studio. 

Just when we were mourning the end of the year long work we were thrilled to receive a request for a new piece of fiber art for the pastor's study. The parameters were to first have it fit a 46 x 56" space. Secondly the pastor thought maybe the rich illuminations of the St. John's Bible would be able to provide inspiration. We did some cartwheels at this news and dug in to make plans!

The resulting piece (above) has a creation theme based on the words in the book of Genesis. The use of batik fabrics add depth to the work. The story art is told through appliquéd images and symbols and is accented by sheer fabrics, metallic textile paint and free motion embroidery details. The finishing touch was the machine quilting done by Jane Clark of Jane Quilts. The wavy quilt lines move from open/fluid to tight/closed to add to the energy of the creation story. 

As we recently traveled to a mini-vacation on the east coast we were passing by the pastor's church so had the honor of unveiling the work face to face. This is a rare treat and it was wonderful to be able to talk about the art and see it in situ. 
Artist Jenny Gallo and patron Reverend Dr. Trent Hancock examining the art. 
Artist Jenny Gallo and patron Reverend Dr. Trent Hancock examining the art. 
Image description, left to right:
  1. heaven and earth/light and dark
  2. sky and sea
  3. land and vegetation
  4. stars and moon
  5. life in water and birds
  6. creatures on dry land, and
  7. rest
A look behind the scenes ... Stitching a favorite detail, the preying mantis.
A look behind the scenes ... Stitching a favorite detail, the preying mantis.
Art in place -- Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, Glenshaw, PA
Art in place -- Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, Glenshaw, PA
We remain thankful for this relationship and body of work. 
Has this intrigued you? Seeking a commission? Email Jenny. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Quilt for a New Home

Our dear daughter has graduated from college with a B.S. in nursing! She is moving onto her first job and into her own apartment. It was with great joy that this throw was stitched with a minimalist breadfruit motif. It was quilted in an all over chevron design by Jane Clark of Jane Quilts.

Darby might not have entered into the nursing program at Messiah College if it wasn't for a mission trip to Haiti her junior year of high school. At that time, with the encouragement of another American nurse at the mission, Darby learned to take vitals, assisted with community nursing and attended the birth of a baby. In one week's time she felt like she'd found her calling.

So why the breadfruit motif? Breadfruit is one of the things we enjoy eating while in Haiti. We don't ever get to eat it in the United States so it's a special treat. 

I hope this quilt will be a reminder of trying new things, of being an encourager to others, and of the beautiful country of Haiti and our friends there. We can't wait to see how God uses this young woman's gifts as a nurse!

Then and now--2011 and 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Second Try Is the Charm

I've always been intrigued by the bold blocking of Amish quilts. I saw a pattern that had a bit of a modern twist on it. I made it but my color choices were wrong. The icing on the cake was my machine quilting was sloppy. I lived with it for months but couldn't let it go. Sooooo I set out to remake the quilt. I gave myself the perimeter of having to use the scraps from the original quilt minus the one color choice that was wrong. And I sent it to a professional quilter. Because the scraps weren't enough to replicate the original design I created a modification of the design so it became more of my own. All of that angst, extra time and quilting done right was well worth it.

wall hanging measuring 43 1/2 x 38 1/2"
Kona cotton solids
creative, custom quilting by Jane Quilts

Sunday, October 30, 2016


I generate a lot of scraps in the studio and save them in hopes of a use for these fabrics. This quilt is the result of my latest "upcycling." The pattern is my adaption of Unraveled from Vintage Quilt Revival by Faith Jones. I did purchase new the gray and white solids for the front. The back fabrics were also part of my stash busting plan. The quilting was the inspiration of and executed by Jane of JaneQuilts

Completed September 2016, 76 x 60



This piece was made in honor of my 30th wedding anniversary. 

"And over all these virtues put on love, 
which binds them all together in perfect unity. "
Colossians 3:14

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Quilt for My Daughter

Taking my daughter's bedroom from a teen's room to a young adult we set out to first make a new bed quilt to be the focal point. This gem was designed by my daughter. I had the joy of machine piecing it and it was quilted by Jane at Jane Quilts. The goal was to simulate pieces of different types of wood assembled to make an intriguing pattern. The natural hues of the Kona cotton play well together. It was pieced organically after the initial design inspiration. It seemed fitting to photograph it at the edge of the woods but it will be good to have it make a permanent home inside. 

Looking down on the 83 x 81" quilt.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Quilt in Honor of a Wedding

This queen size bed quilt was pieced for my son and his wife as a Christmas gift during their first year of marriage. The kona cotton fabrics were chosen to reflect the colors of the wedding. The pattern is Moda Bake Shop's 'simple math'. Quilting is by Jane of Jane Quilts. Seems silly but my favorite part of this quilt is the multi colored binding.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Picnic Blanket

Fabric from Uganda and Rwanda to represent the study abroad programs accomplished by my son and future daughter in law. This was a shower gift and folds into itself to be a travel picnic blanket.