'Loose Thread Quilters - 'Ancient Ireland'
Remembering Patrick - 3 entries by Sally Kerr

Loose Thread Quilters  - Double Irish Chain

8. Double Irish Chain
The ‘Chain’ block has long been popular with quilters because it represents strength and unity amongst us. Jesus said ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’ (John 15:5)


Loose Thread Quilters  - Log Cabin


9. Log Cabin
With its play on light and dark fabrics, the log cabin block has its roots firmly in Scripture. Jesus 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)

Loose Thread Quilters  - Red Baskets


10. Red Baskets
Baskets in quilting terms symbolise plenty and for this reason they were often given as wedding gifts, in the hope that the marriage would be blessed with good things. Jesus said ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be hungry and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.’ (John 6:35)

Living quite close to Slemish Mountain, I cannot help but feel an affinity with Patrick, our patron saint. My connection with him goes much deeper however, He is my brother in Christ through our shared faith in the Triune God. The story is told of how Patrick used the shamrock leaf to explain the mystery of the Trilogy to the pagan Irish, as he spread the good news of the gospel throughout the land. As an expression of my faith in the God of Patrick, I have chosen to make three quilts - this is known in artistic terms as triptych. In deference to quilters from this country down through the years, I have used traditional patterns and colours. Modern quilting methods have allowed me to update and soften designs, each of which also speaks to my faith.


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