This dramatic design serves equally well for either Advent or Lent. For both Advent and Lent, the traditional liturgical color is purple. This banner uses textural purple prints in 5 graded values, from nearly-black to nearly-white. At the center of the piece is a brilliantly white element, which reads as a star (for Advent) or a cross (for Lent). The narrow shapes and sharp points give the impression of slicing open the center of the hanging, admitting a burst of light into the purple darkness. "...And God separated the light from the darkness." (Genesis 1:4) The placement of the purple fabrics, progressing from the lightest values at the center to the darkest at the edges, continues the theme of spreading light. Construction of the hanging is simple. There are 24 6-inch “Genesis" blocks of identical design, differing only in color. The same set of 6 templates is used for both the lighter and darker halves of each block, with no left-handed/right-handed variations of the block templates to keep track of. Avoiding mirror symmetry in the blocks keeps the design dynamic. The arms of the central star are applied by machine to each quadrant of assembled blocks. Then the 4 quarters are seamed together. A row of prairie points finishes the lower edge. Wrap-around backing forms an integrated hanging sleeve, and means no binding to sew on! Finished size: 24 1/2 inches by 39 inches. Note: while the pattern using quilting techniques for construction, the surface is not quilted.