But more relevant to this post, stained glass is no stranger to our home in Virginia. We have a portion of a door, reportedly from a Scottish dance hall:
along with several Frank Lloyd Wright inspired pieces, such as this one:
But my most treasured pieces were made by my friend, James Johnson. We worked together in the title industry for a few years before he relocated to Phoenix. During his tenure in Virginia, he became a trusted friend with a brilliant insight into the human race and a charming wit second to none. These days we stay in touch via Facebook, fortunately!
James was around when my husband and I built our log home and one of his pieces is now a permanent fixture and was the inspiration for this post. Let me introduce "James' Gift":
I say permanent because we actually mounted it into our bedroom door:
All the doors in our house are vintage and none match - a variety of panel styles, and this particular one lends itself to James' work beautifully.
My fabric interpretation of this, I fear, fails to convey the true beauty of the real thing, but I love it nonetheless!
The top portion is clearly the original piece, but the portion section is meant to convey how the dark red actually shows up in shadow. The fabric used in the bottom, from Alison Glass, is truly JUST how it looks in reflection on the wall.
One other piece James made for us is this sweet flower which hangs in my bathroom window, happily:
Aren't I lucky to have such a talented friend? These pieces are part of my life and always make me think of him!
For the backing of our Four-in-Art effort, I used a Michael Miller metallic piece which proved to be a challenge to quilt (and I immediately donated the remaining 8 fat quarters to our guild donation table!).
As always, the label is the part I most enjoy (although this go round it took a half dozen attempts to print, leaving me in a battle of wits with the printer). And because of the metallic in the fabric, getting this thing to rest straight was impossible!
Although I was initially stumped with this sub-theme of "stained glass shadows", it proved to be a pleasant endeavor. My thanks to James for his gift many years ago, which continues to bring enjoyment, and to Elizabeth for the challenge!