Parrot Gallery is a project of artists and musicians worshiping at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. Art exhibits are open for downtown Lancaster First Fridays and by appointment with church office. Regular gallery talks are scheduled with each featured artist.
Table Scraps: A Quilter's Reflections
As one of the founders and the current co-leader of the Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild, Jill Stemple attempts to find a balance between her personal modern aesthetic and the traditional needlework techniques such as hand quilting that were passed on to her by her beloved grandmother, Florence Walker.
In the Parrot Gallery on November 7, 2014, 5-9 p.m., the opening reception for her First Friday exhibit--Table Scraps: A Quilter’s Reflection on Mark 7: 24-30--reconnects her to that place of great love while passing a bit of it on to others.
Stemple, a Columbia resident, notes, “For most of my life my favorite place in the world was the simple, rural Pennsylvania home where I learned to quilt. Because I care so deeply about the tradition of quilting, which ties me not only to my biological family but also to my adopted Mennonite faith community, I also care very deeply about the future of the art.
Stemple’s current collection celebrates another passion of hers, creative reuse, which quilters have been practicing long before the current upcycling trend. These quilts are made primarily from scrap fabrics. Many are from her own sewing projects (there is a running joke in her guild about how ridiculously tiny a piece of fabric has to be before she throws it out). Others are purchased from creative reuse centers, including Lancaster Creative Reuse where Stemple serves as a fabric volunteer and the Vice President of the Board.
As an F & M graduate in religion and psychology, Jill adds, “While making these quilts I was particularly inspired by the biblical story of the Syrophonecian woman. It isn’t a story I understand well, which,” she admits “perhaps makes it a foolish choice for a public exhibition. But as a quilter, the second half of the story has been so compelling to me that I decided to share it despite the risk of foolishness.”
Come see how the exhibit skillfully makes connections with this story and her own “table scraps.”
Stemple’s day-job as a caseworker for the Department of Welfare also requires her finesse in piecing together hope for clients.