For week 1, Immanuel_God with Us, I paper pieced the background of the block designed by our leader Karen, and fused and machine appliqued the heart.
"All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 'The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel'_which means,'God with us.'" --Matthew 1:22-23
Scriptures for this name:
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." _John 1
"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'" _ John 8:12
"I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, 'Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.'" __Rev.5:4-5
The Lion of the Tribe of Judah reminded me of an old favorite book by C. S. Lewis, who has greatly influenced my life, "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe."
I can't tell you all how great it is to feel like doing a little quiltmaking and I am endebted to Karen and Keri for doing such a great study that inspired me to get up and at it again. I also thank Denise for having the beautiful display of these fabrics at her store, The Creative Cloth Closet in Canon City. This fabrics are grabbing me to do "just one more." Last night after I had done some reading in bed, I kept looking at the fabrics I had chosen for the next block, and had to get up and cut out pieces to be sure they would look the way I hoped when pieced. I still have to paper piece the block but the right sized pieces of fabric are ready. As I left the cutting table to get back into bed I noticed that all 3 cats were helping me in my quiltmaking. They are really good at this kind of help.