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Saturday, April 7, 2007

More WOTB Blocks



Got two more of my WOTB blocks done.

Lover's Knot is my block for Leah. It is fused and machine appliqued with gold zigzag stitches around the edges. I chose the red fabric for Leah's passion for her husband Jacob, the pink is for her love for her children, and there is a little blue mixed in there because she knew that Jacob loved her sister Rachel more than her. [Makes me think of a favorite old song of mine, "Am I Blue?" by Ray Charles. I guess that is a sure give away of my age.] The gold, as always, represents the presence of God and His comfort to her in her sadness. I'm extremely uncomfortable with the idea of polygamy but found that the book "The Red Tent" helped me understand what it might have been like. It is an exquisitely written story. Hopefully, finishing this block will get me going on catching up with my blocks. Making these blocks is always a special treat for me because I only have to make one of each and they are such lovely blocks with special meaning. Leah's story can be read at Genesis 29-35. Her sister Rachel's block is not completed yet, that's one that I'm behind on.


The next block is The Palm for Tamar, the daughter-in-law of Judah, whose name means Date Palm or Palm Tree. Tamar tricked her father-in-law into doing his duty toward her according to the Levitical Law on widows and, therefore, ended up in the Genealogy of Jesus. I chose the green fabric for the palm frond against a gold washed sand color representing the desert, with the gold, as always, symbolizing the presence of God. This block was paper pieced. Tamar's story is told in Genesis 38 and Matthew 1:3.








A very Happy Easter to you all.
"THE LORD IS RISEN !

HE IS RISEN INDEED!"










6 comments:

Rian said...

Fran, each and every one of these blocks is wonderful and beautiful. What a smashing quilt it will be!

Kay said...

Poor Leah; I always thought she had such a hard lot, not to be loved. But as I vaguely remember The Red Tent, she's presented a bit more optimistically there.

Deborah said...

I love Leah's block. Leah may not hvae been Jacob's true beloved but she gave birth to Judah, father of the monarchy and Levi, father of the priesthood. She alone was responsible for half the twelve tribes of Israel. My Torah commentary says that another translation of "weak eyes" may be "tender eyes"; the verse Genesis 29:17 seems to be comparing Jacob's different attraction to the sisters.

quiltnbee said...

Lovely blocks, Fran. I've missed seeing them =-) My SIL's first name is Tamar, a family name. I've seen it 3 times in the somewhat recent genealogy (100 years or so)and have a beautiful watercolor painting done by the oldest of the three hanging in my bedroom...

Norma said...

These are so beautiful. I'm just speechless--and that's hard to do!

Sande said...

More beautiful blocks. I love the one for Tamar with the golds and greens.