Re-designing a [not-so-traditional] Bible Block

March 14, 2008 at 10:30 pm Leave a comment


brothera.jpgLooking for a Bible Block to illustrate the story of Cain and Abel, I discovered “Brothers” in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Blocks. A good starting point: but blocks for Quilters’ Neighbourhood need to be easy to rotary cut or foundation paper piece without templates. This one looks fairly simple, but it’s full of odd shapes and set-in seams.

A few minutes adding and adjusting seams inbrothers2.jpg Electric Quilt 6 [EQ], a great computer quilt design program yielded a more do-able block. [See Quilters’ Neighbourhood Bible Blocks for instructions and measurements for my version: Brother’s Keeper.] An unexpected bonus: four of my new blocks placed side-by-side and rotated make an interesting secondary pattern, a little like the “God’s eye” craft we used to make at Bible Camp in my childhood. Wonderful bit of serendipity: the whole point of the Cain/Abel story is that God does indeed see heart attitudes behind our offerings!

The four Brother’s Keeper blocks form the centre of the plan for my In the Beginning…God quilt. Stay tuned for more!

img_0072.jpgUPDATE: HONEY POTS and HEART STRINGS

Remember the Winnie-the-Pooh fabric and the repurposed half-square triangles? Here’s the finished quilt. I quilted the border in a hearts and ribbons motif: that helped give the quilt its name.img_0068.jpg

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