The quilted banners in our church are created by textile artist Mary Nyquist Koons. Mary began making banners for our church in 2014 and joined SVC as an associate member in 2015. She is also a member of First Congregational UCC in Eugene, OR and many of the banners rotating in our sanctuary are part of the Eugene church’s collection.
Mary has used the dove in our sanctuary as inspiration for a Pentecost banner. The fish on the right wall is featured in the “Loaves and Fishes” banner. The Meister Eckhart banner was featured in a special exhibit at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in 2018. Other banners have been created to celebrate Art Domingue’s retirement and the first anniversary of James Kosko’s ministry.
Mary chooses texts to inspire hope, love, care and comfort. As a nurse, Mary is interested in the healing power of words and beauty. Her award-winning work has been exhibited in Japan, France, Germany and Canada and includes solo exhibits in international juried quilt shows. Mary has over 60 quilts on permanent display in the USA. She has written 3 books which feature her art quilts: Mor Far’s Bluebirds; WOW!! White On White Quilts as Family Treasures; and Slogans for Serenity: 52 Quilted Meditations. Sewing is what God calls Mary to do.