One of my pending challenges is to make a banner again this year. As in former years, it is to hang in the church entry-way and represent the stewardship theme for this year. As I was out of the country when the committee met, I had no input at all into the decisions that were made.
The title selected is, "One in the Spirit" and someone with good computer skills came up with the first drawing on the left, a dove with the words, "One in the Spirit - Tokyo Union Church, written along the left edge. Well, it is a circle which does suggest some unity...
Then someone else removed the circle and added the three figures around the dove. Then the original artist made the figures smaller.
To me, it looks like three guys fighting over a ball!
I was then handed these drawings to use in my banner. Looking them over, the dove is by far the most artistic.
My big problem is not with using that design so much as that I don't find it that much of a theme for Stewardship. Sure, it is nice to feel like a congregation as diversified as TUC is all united as one but to my thinking, that is just a feel-good statement. Where is the commitment that comes with it? We already have plenty of people who sing the loud, repetitive songs with their hands raised in praise but when the collection plate comes by, pass it along without a pause to drop anything in, or fill out a request to help with the homeless meals, or help with the youth programs.
Anyway, I drafted out the dove on to some paper, extending it beyond the circle.
Checking in my stash, I came up with some solid color fabric. It isn't exactly what I might choose were I to go out shopping but is is what I've got and I am being nagged to get this done in a big hurry.
So here is what I have so far. I appliqued these bits together and couldn't help thinking of all those modern quilters out there who cut those pieces and just fuse them together like a giant puzzle and stitch them zig-zag over the seems with a machine. The way I feel about this banner, that would at least get it over with in a hurry with less time to feel irritated.
I will put black bias over the circle part of the dove and make the lettering a bit larger.
If it turns out, everyone can look at it and feel good for a year.
Maybe next year I can sit in on the discussions and come up with a theme that makes ME feel good.
If anyone can think of words that might be added (not that I enjoy appliqueing letters) I might just make a change on my own.
I think it is time to visit my + and X blocks!