Sunday, March 11, 2018

Block Six, Garden of Contentment Stitch-Along

This block is available in my shop, Allie-oops Designs, along with blocks 1-5

(Deuteronomy 6:5) "And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might."
(John 15:13) "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Love.  Not just an emotion, love is a choice – we make the choice to love our neighbors, or our enemies, or even our spouses, when they’re fantastically unlovable.  When I think of how the Lord loves me, because He first loved me, when I am such a sinner, and stray from His commandments – how can I help but love Him?  He laid down His life, willingly, for me – and for you!!  Because that was the only way to save us from wrath.

(Romans 5:8) "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

I don’t always feel it, I admit.  I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s – remember the 70’s?  The Me decade?  Looking Out For Number One, I’m OK You’re OK, all those self-help books – I read them all.  I was desperately unhappy and I thought learning to love myself was the answer.  I’m happy to say they didn’t do a thing for me, although I was sad about it at the time, because there’s nothing biblical about them at all.  How much better to know God’s word and follow Him.  I tell my boys all the time – God doesn’t want you happy, He wants you holy.  Not that He wants you unhappy, it’s just not the most important thing.  Which is so much different from the wisdom of the world.  We can’t even comprehend the happiness that awaits us in Heaven – I’d rather be unhappy here, for a little while,  than be unhappy for all of eternity!

(1 Corinthians 2:9) "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

When I focus on Christ, and His love, instead of myself, that’s when I’m truly happy.  When I do something for someone else, even simply praying, it takes the focus off of me and I forget that I’m sad, lonely, depressed, or whatever negative emotion I’m feeling.  The best way I know to lift my own spirits is by helping someone else.  And isn’t that part of loving your neighbor?

Something as simple as making dinner for my hubby, when I’m tired and really don’t want to cook, shows love.  (But I have to do it without grumbling!!)  When I make the choice to be loving, the emotion follows.  Emotion follows action!  Try it – scientists say when you’re down, the simple act of smiling can actually lift your spirits!  Even if you don’t feel like smiling!  Go ahead, try it – be that grinning idiot in the crowd, make folks wonder what you’re up to.   I bet 9 out of 10 smile back!  I’ve actually tried this in the check-out line at the supermarket, especially when folks in line are grumbling about the delay – my gosh.  It worked.  Negative emotions are contagious as well, so why not love your neighbor instead of letting them get you down too?

(Romans 8:35-39) "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? {36} As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. {37} Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. {38} For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, {39} Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

One of my favorite sections of verses, Romans 8 reminds me that nothing – absolutely nothing – can separate us from Christ’s love.  I honestly believe that when I finally do meet Him face to face, I won’t stand before Him, I’ll fall at His feet – overcome with love for Him.

Oh, we just have to add Love to our garden!!!


Cut your background block 8” wide x 10 ½” tall.  Trace the layout diagram onto your background using the marking method of your choice.  If using a permanent marking pen, don’t trace the appliqué portion.  I detailed what I use in the tutorial for Block 1.  

Trace your reversed shapes onto fusible web, and cut them out leaving a margin of 1/8th “.  The petals are a great excuse to fussy cut!  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 9 ½” tall x 7” 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, and the center of the daisy is worked in satin stitch.  You could also fill the center circle with French knots.

Trim your block to 8 ½” tall x 6” wide.

Cut 2 pieces 8 ½” x 1 ½”.  Stitch to sides of block.  Trim even and press seams away from block.

Cut 2 pieces 1 ½” x  9”.  Stitch to top and bottom of block.  Press seams away from block and trim even.  

Adding Strips

This block sits in the middle of the far right side of the quilt, so we’ll be adding strips to the bottom, top and left side, in that order for the first few, then adding more strips to the left side. 

Here’s a numbered diagram for the order in adding your strips – each strip is 1 ½” wide by however long you need it.

When finished adding strips, press well and trim to 13” wide x 14” tall.  And you’re all done with block six!

Show and tell time!  Here’s Jenny’s gorgeous blocks 5 and 6, aren’t they lovely???  Jenny does the most exquisite stitching!

And Billie’s blocks 4 and 5, so so pretty!  I adore these fabrics.  Click on her name to go to her blog, she shows her blocks all lined up and they’re stunning.

And Karen A.’s beautiful Hope block, I love it so much, I still want to raid her scrap basket!!!  Gorgeous, Karen!!

Next week, I can hardly believe it, we’ll be doing block 7 – 

I almost feel like I missed a few, our garden is growing so fast!  I’ll see you then!


(1 John 4:19) "We love him, because he first loved us."
(Jeremiah 31:3) "The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee."


Jenny of Elefantz said...

You are such a wise mama with how you instruct your sons! Loved your post, and girl, it was saturated in your love for Jesus. :-)

I'm so envious of your fabrics...I love how bright and cheery they are. Wishing I'd chosen brighter prints too. LOL!

Nancy J said...

And this is how a garden grows, with love.

Little Quiltsong said...

Another lovely block! Yes, smile - and the world will smile with you, well at least most of them :)! We were taught at the bank, that 80 percent of customers will stay just due to the happy atmosphere. So smiles, hello's and also using their names with each hello became one of the most important gestures before any transaction was initiated. They show caring and love! Thank you for your post Allie!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I "LOVE" this flower.

WoolenSails said...

That is so true, I am always happiest when I am thinking about others. When I try to make myself happy, I become sad, lol. I am happy to just be, no bucket lists, except that I have helped at least one person, while I am on this earth.


desertskyquilts said...

Everyone's blocks are so beautiful! I think this will be my favorite block. You had a lot of good things to say about the love of the Lord for us, too. I think that we ARE happy when we do what the Lord asks - obey his commandments, share his gospel, love one another. He knows that those are the things that bring true happiness. It doesn't mean we don't have trials and tough times, but I think we can be happy even then, when we are doing the right things. It IS all about love! I liked what you said about doing things when you don't want to, and not grumbling about it! That is sometimes very hard. =) Thanks for this love addition to the quilt.

Janice Holton said...

Your words and your designs are so inspiring. I do so enjoy your blog.


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