Tuesday, January 9, 2018

In The Garden Of Contentment....

there is Gratitude.




(Hebrews 13:5) "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
(1 Timothy 6:6-8) "But godliness with contentment is great gain. {7} For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. {8} And having food and raiment let us be therewith content."

(Philippians 4:11) "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
I've been thinking a lot about contentment lately, and this latest little quilt I'm working on reflects that. It's like a journal of what I've learned from God's word, and the fruit that's come into my life from following Jesus.  To me, it's like being in a garden....the flowering of peace that only Jesus can give.


I'm using a beloved fat quarter bundle of Aloha Girl, that has been marinating on my shelf for a few years.  I washed it before beginning, and some of the dark blues bled, but there's enough to be usable.  I'm only using the light prints.
I'll show you more blocks as I finish them.  I'm quite pleased with the first one.

I stopped using my ironing board, as it's warped, and tends to warp my blocks as I press them.  I'm back to using my ironing table.

But I couldn't find my large piece of ironing board fabric that I used to cover it with, so I've been using this small piece - it's too small!  Yesterday I bought a yard of ironing board fabric to cover it.

Just have to bind the edges somehow.  I was appalled at the price - $14.99/yd!  It's gone up!  I'll hang onto this piece with both hands, lol.  Fortunately I had a coupon!

I don't think I've showed on my blog this little quilt I finished before mom's party.

It's from a vintage sign.  No pattern, I just winged it.  Brightens up my kitchen!

We're having a warm-up at the moment, the snow is melting and icicles are dripping, it's lovely.  But it won't last.  I've come to the conclusion that the only good thing about winter is a) less bugs, and b) I can wear clothes that hide my extra lumps.  However, when it's this cold, you have to wear layers, and that makes me look even bigger.  
Apparently I'm not the only one with extra layers in winter.
At least I'm not sharing my house with this little guy this year.
Off to do housework - people around here use far too many dishes - be well, be safe, see you soon!

Love,
Allie



24 comments:

em's scrapbag said...

Your blocks are beautiful and thought provoking.

sunny said...

If that first block is any indication, your little quilt is going to be gorgeous! We're having a bit of a warm-up here today too, so we took down the outside Christmas decorations. Now that they're put away, I'm cleaning some other things in conjunction. Feels good.

Jeanette said...

Love the block. Can't wait to see more. I keep wishing for a rectangle shaped ironing board just for my patchwork. The regular ironing boars aren't right for pressing quilt tops. Plus the covers now seem to be so thin. Wish i could buy some fabric like you did. The dinner sign is fabulous. I know what you mean about dishes. I'm doing mine too as soon as i finish here. :). Hugs,xx

I am said...

Hi Allie beautiful work my friend and how cute is that squirrel xx

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Allie, your new set of designs tug at my heart. Oh girl, I love them, and your inspiration for them is rich in Jesus. How blessed I am to call you my dear dear sister in Christ. xxxx

West Michigan Quilter said...

Allie I love your gratitude block. It speaks to my heart as I'm trying to be more aware and grateful for all in my life. Love your diner quilt too. What a great idea. Like your squirrel picture too. It's so much fun to watch nature.

WoolenSails said...

Your new blocks are so beautiful and such a wonderful meaning behind them.
I see your guy is chubby like ours, I think they eat too well, lol.

Debbie

Fiona said...

Your gratitude stitcheries and applique are so pretty.... I'm always amazed at how messed and dirty ironing boards covers get!

Hugz

Little Quiltsong said...

Great squirrel pics. Beautiful new designs - love how you added the fabric to each. You sure did a great job of your Diner sign. Had to laugh at your winter comments - my thoughts exactly :)!

karen a. said...

These contentment blocks/designs speak to my heart. Do you have a pattern for them, or tutorials? Yesterday thawing started so a deep clean of the house took place, enough of that back to stitching!ha!
Thank you for honoring Jesus in your quilts and stitcheries, what a delight and blessing.


Michele McLaughlin said...

Great post Allie! I love the gratitude block but I am ga-ga about your Diner Quilt, how wonderful! Holy crow your squirrel is huge!!! He looks more like a gopher LOL! Stay warm my friend and remember, spring is around the corner!

karen a. said...

These contentment blocks/designs speak to my heart. Do you have a pattern for them, or tutorials? Yesterday thawing started so a deep clean of the house took place, enough of that back to stitching!ha!
Thank you for honoring Jesus in your quilts and stitcheries, what a delight and blessing.

Karb328@aol.com

Karen Schurr said...

Such a lovely garden in which to linger. Just love how you share the really great stuff :)

Baa. xxx said...

Beautiful blocks

Karen said...

Your Contentment quilt blocks are very pretty. Are you going to do a pattern set?

Susan said...

Those embroidery blocks are beautiful. Would make a great BOM (hint hint) :-)

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Your handwork is so, so beautiful. Hmmm...I wonder if I sent some blocks your way if they would magically get finished for me... ;-)

Boy, they don't give that fabric away, do they? Ouch! I need something for my ironing table, too. I use ticking, but the starch always turns the fabric brown and it won't wash all the way out. I wonder if this type of cover would look nicer longer.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Hi Allie, what a great sewing room and you deserve it. I too love your block with the special message. I work at this or I think I do.
Living in a wooden house, there are knots everywhere and some align like faces...happily all are ok and look happy. It would be awful to have a creepy one inside the house!!

Anonymous said...

The blocks are great! If you make that into a pattern, I'm buying it. No, Allie, BUYING it. =) I love the whole concept. It was the most beautiful mid-60s sunshine yesterday and it's pouring rain and low 50s today, then back to that polar stuff. =( More reason to stay inside, I guess.

Little Penpen said...

I'm with you on the lumps and bumps and hiding them. I wore layers one day to go outside with the grandkids and I looked like a fat little dumpling!!

Your diner quilt is really nice...perfect for the kitchen!

I,too, am trying to be content. I have learned that it's takes very little to be content most of the time.

That's a beautiful stitchery.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

You skinny gals make me laugh, but then worrying about it probably keeps you skinny. Loving your design Miss Allie. I'll be waiting for the pattern as well.

KaHolly said...

Ooooh! You’re on a roll, girl! Such lovely stitcheries, and when they come from the heart, it makes them extra special! Love the diner sign. Aren’t you just too clever! Stay safe! Stay warm! Stay sweet!

edith csokmay said...

Allie, what a gorgeous set of blocks. I can't wait to get my hands on that pattern. What a blessing you are!!! I'm in such Grace filled company. God is so good!!!

Shasta Matova said...

I like your Diner sign. Though it does mean you have to take orders for dinner, and wash more dishes!

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