The Bible Quilt Based on "Far Above Rubies"

(click on individual blocks shown below to find each pattern)

another layout of the Far Above Rubies
This series of Bible Quilt blocks is designed in remembrance of the women of our past who were sustained by the Bible and loved making these Biblical quilt blocks. The blocks I've chosen have a long history of being used by quilters.

Bible Quilts and Their Role in History tells this touching history of women and why these quilt blocks meant so much to them.

Quilt Pattern Historian, Charlotte Bull, has kindly agreed to share these quilt block patterns that were used in a quilt she designed in 1989 for a group of women. She named the quilt "Far Above Rubies" based on the Bible verse below.

Proverbs 31: 10-31

Jacob's Ladder quilt block

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies."

For she "seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands." She also rises while "it is yet night" and "she perceiveth that her merchandise is good" and "her candle goeth not out by night."

Job's Tears quilt block Indeed, "she layeth her hands to the spindle and her hands hold the distaff." Also, she "reacheth forth her hands to the needy."

Neither is she afraid of the cold because her household is covered and she "maketh herself coverings." sometimes she "maketh fine linens and sellth it" but she is always wise and kind in her dealings. She is never idle. She fears the Lord. She teaches her daughters well.

"Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."

Our Project: An Old Testament Bible Quilt

Garden of Eden quilt blockYou will find detailed instructions for making a quilt using Old Testament blocks from the "Far Above Rubies" quilt. The blocks I've chosen have a long history of being used by quilters.

The first five blocks in the series, Garden of Eden, Walls of Jericho, Jacobs Ladder, Job's Tears and Children of Israel, are easy enough for a beginner to make. This could be a great sampler quilt for someone learning to quilt as well as for anyone wanting to make up some of the easier blocks.

Children of Israel quilt blockThese five beginning blocks you can make a nice lap or wall quilt like the quilt pictured above. With the addition of the more difficult Joseph's Coat you will have a quilt made up of some of the best known of all of the Bible blocks. The index for all of the blocks can be found at Old Testament Bible Quilt Block Patterns.

The patterns with complete instructions are for 12 inch blocks. For those who want to make smaller blocks go to Cutting Instructions for 8" Blocks. If you are a beginner or plan a larger quilt you will probably want to use the 12 inch blocks.

Walls of Jericho quilt blockIncluding Joseph's Coat there are five more advanced blocks. Of these the Wings of Eagles is the easiest if you just follow the directions carefully. Use your creativity to design ways you can use all the blocks. Go to Possible Layouts for some ideas.

I've designed two Rose of Sharon applique block for those who want to use it on the filler blocks. Another way to enhance the plain blocks would be with a decorative quilting design.

Joseph's Coat quilt blockStart thinking about what kind of fabric you would like to use. You can use anything you wish. Some may want to use reproduction fabrics to honor the women of our past while others might want to use bright modern fabrics to reflect the joy in their faith. What fabrics will you choose? We are blessed with so many beautiful fabrics today.

Charlotte Bull chose fabrics that had a ruby red theme, along with blue green and soft golds and a bit of black for her "Far Above Rubies" quilt. What will you name your quilt? Is there a theme that will give making your quilt special meaning? You don't have to name your quilt now. You might come to understand it's meaning as you work on it or perhaps it's name will come to you when it's completed.

Wings of Eagles Block
Wings of Eagles
Dove at the Window Block
Dove at the Window
Solomon's Puzzle Block
Solomon's Puzzle
David & Golaith Block
David & Goliath

The New Testament Bible Block Patterns

The New Testament blocks from the original "Far Above Rubies" quilt from Charlotte Bull have now been added. Most of these blocks are more difficult and experience in quilting is needed to make them. If you are a beginner I suggest you start with the New Testament blocks.

Star of Bethlehem block
Star of Bethlehem
Storm at Sea Block
Storm at Sea

Palm Leaves Block
Palm Leaves

Gethsemene Block

Crown of Thorns Block
Crown of Thorns

Cross and Crown block
Cross and Crown
Fish Block

Road to Damascus Block
Road to Damascus
Priscilla Block

Bright Morning Star Block
Bright Morning Star

2007- 2010 Judy Anne Breneman

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These blocks and layouts were designed using EQ6 software.