Saturday, January 6, 2007
Martha & Mary of Bethany
I've finished the blocks for weeks 45 and 46 in the Women of the Bible quilting and study group.
Martha was the older sister who was overwhelmed by the household duties necessary to prepare a meal for Jesus and the Apostles, and complained to Jesus that her sister Mary was sitting and listening to him teach instead of helping Martha. Jesus lovingly rebuked her and told her that Mary had chosen to do the right thing.
I chose a red fabric to represent Martha's strong will and green to represent her practical nature.
For Mary I used pink for her great love and aquamarine for her desire to grow spiritually by being close to Jesus and soaking up his teaching. The gold wash in both blocks always represent God's presence.
These blocks were both a combination of piecing and fused machine applique.
The stories of Martha and Mary of Bethany can be read in Luke 10 and John 11 & 12.
As I studied these women I came to realize the necessity of balancing
out the Martha and Mary nature's in me. As an oldest child I have
tended to be driven and a perfectionist who felt the need to
micromanage (control) those around me. A wise woman of age once told
me that our senior years are the time to "make our souls" and I am
thankful that I have lived long enough to appreciate what she meant. "Too
soon old, too late wise."