Wednesday, 4 August 2010
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Hurray!!! At last I have managed to get some sewing done. I have been consumed with other events in my life over the past few weeks and have had little time for anything else. However, I managed to get two full days of sewing this week. Firstly I finished my courthouse steps for my Log cabin stripy appliqué quilt, alas I am stuck on the flower block (hmmmm need Janet's help me thinks?). Being stuck on one quilt I needed something new to sew? Several years ago I started collecting checked and stripes shirts from family friends and some charity shops, to make a quilt I fell in love with in Fabrications magazine (issue 38 2005). I looked at the shirts I had recently acquired and decided that was my next project. I pulled out the magazine and got stuck in. I have made 50 6" blocks out of 168. The block is called Jacobs ladder. Jacobs ladder is from the book of genius and the story is as follows: Jacob left Beersheba, and went toward Haran. He came to the place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the Lord stood above it [or "beside him"] and said, "I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your descendants; and your descendants shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and by you and your descendants shall all the families of the earth bless themselves. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done that of which I have spoken to you." Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the Lord is in this place; and I did not know it." And he was afraid, and said, "This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."
Afterwards, Jacob names the place, "Bethel" (literally, "House of God").