(Colossians 3:15) "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."
The word “gratitude” is not found at all in the King James bible – however, it was the word that best described to me how I felt about God’s gracious gifts to me. How very grateful and thankful I am!
(Ephesians 2:8) "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"
And there is no more precious gift!
(James 1:17) "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
It’s not easy sometimes to feel grateful. When my joints are screaming at me, and there’s much to do, I want to feel sorry for myself – I want to throw a whopping great pity party, complete with hats and party frocks. Sometimes I give in for a time, grumbling and grousing around the house, until my bible catches my eye – and I stand ashamed. Yes, the floors need mopping, but they’re a reflection of the busy lives of people I love who live here. The mountain of laundry is there because we’re blessed to have the clothing we need. The dishes pile up because God has blessed us with good food to eat. God brings to my mind all His many gifts to me, and I start thanking Him for them, and pretty soon the aches and pains and mountains seem less. I really believe that gratitude is a learned behavior, and I’m doing my best to learn it by heart. I can even thank Him for the aches and pains, keeping me humble and dependent on Him. I am not perfect at this.
(John 15:5) "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."
God doesn’t change, but He can change ME. And for that, I’m profoundly grateful. I can do nothing in myself, I owe Him all. That’s why this word was so important for me to remember, and why it got added to the quilt. A thankful heart has no room for grumbling!
So let’s stitch up some Gratitude, shall we?
Cut your white background block 8” tall x 13” wide. Trace the layout diagram onto it, using the marker of your choice – if using a permanent marker, don’t trace the appliqué part of the layout. In the last post, for block 1, I detailed what I use.
Trace your reversed shapes onto fusible web, and cut them out leaving a margin of 1/8". Fuse to the back of your chosen fabrics and cut them out on the drawn lines.
Peel off the backing, and lay out the pieces on your background. When they’re where you want them, fuse them down. Stitch the pieces using a blanket stitch with one strand of embroidery floss.
(Optional) Interfacing and Embroidery
If using fusible interfacing, cut your interfacing 7” tall x 12” wide and fuse to the back of the block after applique. Add the embroidery using two strands of embroidery floss. The embroidery is worked in backstitch, except for the dot on the “i”; I use a single-wrap French knot there. A colonial knot would work as well.
Trim your block to 6” tall x 11” wide.
Cut 2 pieces 1 ½” x 6”. Stitch to sides of block. Press seams away from block.
Cut 2 pieces 1 ½” x 14”. Stitch to top and bottom of block. Press seams away from block and trim even. Block should measure 13” wide.
This block sits in the top row, middle, so no strips get added to the top.
Since it’s already 13” wide, which is the finished width of the block, we won’t be adding strips to the sides either. You’re going to add 7 strips, 1 ½” x 13” to the bottom of the block [although I like to cut mine longer, just in case things go wonky]. I’ve made a diagram of the order in which to add your strips.
That last strip looks a little narrow, and that’s because when you’ve added your strips, you need to trim it to 14” tall. Your block should now measure 13” wide by 14” tall. When trimming my blocks, I take a little off one side and a little off the other side [or bottom and top].
And that’s it!!! You’re done with two blocks!
Jenny has been stitching along with us, here is her second gorgeous block –
I seriously love her block!!!!!!!!!!!!
Be sure to email me if you have any questions, or ask in the comments [leave me your email!] or on facebook!
See you soon!
sneak peek at block 3, due next Monday, Feb. 19th!