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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Starting Over


Dear Friend, Grab a carton of Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar ice cream, pull up a chair and commiserate with me. While switching Toad Haven Annex to Beta, I inadvertantly deleted my whole blog; a whole year of communication right down the tubes. It is heck to be so computer illiterate!!! But, what better way to learn. It's all right to fall down but now it is time to get back up and begin again. [Is there a way that I can backup my blog so I don't lose it again?]

Here is the block for Herodias (week 42) for the Women of the Bible quilt and study I'm involved in. I chose the purple and gold fabric for the Queen's Pride. I thought the pattern of the purple was frantically busy as Herodias must have felt while doing all her scheming and plotting to better her position in life. This block is done in fused raw edge applique. I love the combination of circles and squares. This is the 23rd block I've done of the series of 52.

Herodias was the wife of Herod Atipas, who schemed with her daughter, Salome, to get Herod to behead John the Baptist. Her wicked and bloodthirsty story can be read in Matthew 14, Mark 6, and Luke 3:19. In researching Herodias I found the absolutely fascinating chronicles of the three New Testament Herods (Herod the Great, Herod Antipas, and Herod Agrippa). [I confess to being nuts about Jewish history, as well as other histories.]

Since I am now up to date with current blocks, I went back and completed the Altar Steps block for Hannah (week 18). Hannah was a barren wife who wept and prayed at the Tabernacle for a child. Eli, the priest, saw her and thought she was drunk. When she explained her suffering to Eli he prayed that she would be blessed with a child. Hannah dedicated her son, Samuel, to the Lord and after he was weaned she took him to stay at the Tabernacle with Eli, where he could be trained to serve the Lord. Each year she took him a new robe that she had stitched.

This block was paper pieced with the center octagon fused on and machine stitched. The light blue was for trust and confidence, the purple for spirituality and wisdom, and the green was for fertility. The touches of Gold represent the presence of God.

You can read Hannah's story at I Samuel 1-2.

10 comments:

quiltnbee said...

Beautiful blocks, Fran. I especially like the 2nd one with the metallic touches...I'm so glad to see you here, I kept getting a weird page when I'd try to get in from the old journal quilt ring...Now I know you're ok and our little "family" is nice and together again! So sorry you lost all your other posts, they were special to read =-( Well, onward and upward, right?!

Granny Fran said...

Thanks quiltnbee, I felt like an orphan for a while until I could get going again and Debra revised my link so I was available again.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Fran, you are a CONTINUING source of inspiration and obviously very devoted to your craft. The "old" pages are "old"...and WOW! This one is bright and beautiful already.

I'm still too chicken to switch over, will probably give it to my 21yo to take care of for me, lol. What is difficult for us is already ingrained in their brains as matter-of-course!

Rian said...

Oh, so that's where you went. I was concerned when your blog took me to some bizarre place. Sorry to hear you lost your history. That would be devastating to me. Glad to have you back!

Those are beautiful blocks and wonderful stories, this is going to be one whiz-bang of a quilt when finished.

Granny Fran said...

It's so nice to have friends who compliment me even when I screw up!

Debra Spincic said...

Well, we haven't been able to find the dunce cap out here in cyberspace yet! *wink*

Sande said...

I definitely commiserate with you on losing your blog! I, too, wondered where you went To save blog pages you could either type the entries into a word software first, saving your photos with it, or do 'save as' from your blog after you publish. It's not a bad idea for all of us! I, too, worry sometimes about losing all that I've done.

Deb Geyer said...

Oh, Man! Sorry to hear about the blog problems.

I do love the new banner at the top though. It is beautiful!!

Suze said...

Fran - I get my blog entries emailed to me -its a setting in blogger...but it would be a major pain the the hoo-hoo to go thru email to reconstruct my posts!
I can commisserate with you - I have a whole carton of butter pecan ice cream just sitting in the freezer...tastes good with blueberries on top...

Jane Ann said...

Whew! THERE you are! Seems like you've been gone for days. I've MISSED you, lady.

Bloglines ain't the answer as far as notifying us of new posts, but I don't think the RingSurf button is either. Maybe all the blogs will settle down for a while after the Blogger switch to beta and the defection of some of us (ahem) to WordPress.

Lovely, lovely, lovely work ... as ever.