Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Quilt Block in Honor of St. Clare

St. Clare of Assisi (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253), born was an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their Rule of Life—the first monastic rule known to have been written by a woman. Following her death, the order she founded was renamed in her honor as the Order of Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares.

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 12" x 12" quilt block is designed to look like a golden monstrance with the Eucharist in the center. If I were a better seamstress, I would have appliqued a circle for the Eucharist into the center. This is certainly an option for those of you more skilled than I. The brown field is representative of the Franciscan order.

This block would make a great repeating pattern.

Please download the free pattern here: Quilt Block in Honor of St. Clare