Monday, March 25, 2013
This 12" x 12" quilt block could easily be titled "A Mother's Tears." The blue diamonds represent the tears St. Monica cried over her son. The green backdrop is a representation of St. Augustine and his excellence in philosophy.
This is a repeating pattern which could easily be worked up to create a whole quilt.
Quilt Block in Honor of St. Monica
Sunday, March 3, 2013
St. Catherine of Alexandria is believed to have been born in Alexandria of a noble family. After converting to Christianity, she denounced Maxentius for persecuting Christians.
Maxentius offered Catherine a royal marriage if she would deny the Faith. She refused and was imprisoned. While in prison, Catherine converted Maxentius' wife and two hundred of his soldiers. He had them all put to death.
Catherine was likewise condemned to death. She was put on a spiked wheel, and when the wheel broke, she was beheaded.
Her symbol is a spiked wheel.
This is my take on the spiked wheel. It's a very simple quilt block, easy to work up. And it would be great as a repeating block in a quilt. You can work it up in any colors of your choosing, making sure to keep a rhythm of light and dark to provide some contrast.
For the Free pdf pattern, please download: Quilt Block in Honor of St. Catherine of Alexandria
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I apologize that it has been so long since I have posted one of these. I had to take a break during December for Christmas preparations, then in January I had to scrapbook photos from the past six months. So, I got back to quilting in February with this block in honor of St. Barbara. Honestly, this block gave me fits and took me much longer than most of my blocks do. As you can see the final product I created differs from the pattern. I offer this one as a creative challenge - I'm sure many of you out there could do this better than I did!
St. Barbara (4th century) was brought up as a heathen. Her father, Dioscorus, kept her secluded in a tower, where she dedicated herself to prayer and study and received baptism in secret by a priest. Angered by her conversion, her father turned her over to the civil tribunal. She was tortured and beheaded by her father’s own hand. She is a patron of the U.S. Army Field Artillery. One of her symbols is a peacock feather, which is the basis for this 12" x 12" block.
For the free download of this pattern, please visit: Quilt Block in Honor of St. Barbara
Monday, November 19, 2012
Throughout history, she has been known as the repentant sinner, and her symbols are a skull or a jar. While you can certainly make a quilt block that looks like a skull (they have Halloween blocks that include this), I decided to go with a jar design as it is a better fit for the quilt I am working on.
This 12" x 12" block has several pieces but it works up easily enough. If you want a different color scheme, you can certainly use one. You just need to adjust the shades accordingly in order to keep the 3D illusion of the jar.
Quilt Block in Honor of St. Mary Magdalene
Monday, October 29, 2012
St. Maria Faustyna Kowalska (1905 - 1938), commonly known as Saint Faustina, born Helena Kowalska was a Polish nun, mystic and visionary. She is known as the Apostle of Divine Mercy.
This 12' x 12" quilt block represents the rays of divine mercy emanating from the heart of Jesus. It is a fairly easy block to construct and could easily be a repeated block to create a whole quilt in honor of Divine Mercy.
To download the free pattern please visit: Quilt Block in Honor of Divine Mercy and St. Faustina
Friday, October 12, 2012
Quilt Block in Honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
St. Clare is often pictured with a monstrance because when her abbey was under attack she carried the Eucharist to the gates and prayed for protection. The abbey was spared.
This block would make a great repeating pattern.
Please download the free pattern here: Quilt Block in Honor of St. Clare