Monday, January 29, 2018

The Garden of Contentment Stitch-Along

You are cordially invited to a Garden Party!  Come join me in a stitch-along!

Once a week, on Mondays, I'll be doing a tutorial on how to put that week's block together.  There are nine blocks, so this will take us through to April 2, when I'll upload the final block plus finishing instructions.

I've posted the full set of templates and layout diagrams for pre-sale in my Craftsy shop.  Starting today, you can pre-order [and receive immediately] the entire set of blocks for $10, for one week.  On Monday, Feb. 5th, the full set will be taken down and each block will be uploaded separately and weekly for $1.50/each.  There will be a link in each pattern for the tutorial on the blog.  You can get the full set here:  Garden of Contentment full set

Again - the patterns in the shop will be for templates and layout ONLY.  The instructions will be on the blog.

The general instructions and finishing instructions will be free, posted here and in the shop in pdf form.  Today, I'll be sharing the general instructions and fabric requirements.

First, the backstory.....

Reading through scripture, absorbing it, and allowing God to change my heart through it has been one of the most enormous blessings I've ever known.  .  Jesus said (John 17:17) "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."  And he really does.  (Hebrews 4:12) "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."  Quick, meaning alive!  The Holy Spirit is with us when we read God’s word, convicting us and renewing our minds.

When I started to ponder the blessings that followed, all these words stood out to me – so I’ve used them in this quilt.   They are gifts of God.  I imagined each as a flower, blossoming in my life.  One of my favorite scriptures is (Isaiah 58:11) "And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not." *

As I look upon the gifts of God, I feel like a garden, blossoming and becoming fruitful by God’s grace.  I can’t wait to hang this quilt on my wall, as a daily reminder of His gifts to me!

And so, on to the general requirements to make this quilt….

Finished size of quilt is approximately 47” x 50”

Printing templates and layout diagrams:

Make sure your pdf print settings are set to print “actual size”. 

Materials List:

2 yards white fabric for block background, sashing, and borders [you’ll be cutting your sashing and borders before beginning – you’ll want to make sure you have long enough pieces after cutting out blocks].

2 yards fusible interfacing – I’ve used Pellon’s Shape-Flex, as I wanted a stiffer interfacing since this is a wall quilt.  Pellon’s Ultra-Weft is a good choice for a more pliable and softer interfacing [not to mention easier to stitch through!].  Interfacing only comes 20” wide.

Variety of scraps – this is a scrappy quilt, although I opened a fat quarter bundle for it.  I used 19 different fat quarters, although by no means used them up!  The strips in the quilt measure 1 ½” x no more than 15”.  If you don’t have scraps long enough, why not piece them!  That would give an even scrappier look, and I’m sorry I didn’t do it myself.

Another option for framing the blocks – frame them like I did, then use larger rectangles of the same fabric [such as white] to bring them up to size.  The blocks all start out different sizes, then I added fabric to make them all the same size.  I didn’t calculate yardage for that, but I think 2 yards might do it.

Marking pen – A red Frixion pen is my choice of marking tool for white fabric – but only white fabric.  Use your favorite, heat-erasable, water-erasable, or permanent.

Fusible web

Embroidery floss to match appliqué fabric, and one color a shade darker for stitching the lettering.

Binding – 210”, or ½ yard if cutting strips width of fabric [selvage to selvage] .

Backing – 3 yards if piecing together.  I’ll be using a vintage sheet.


Pre-washing Fabric

I always pre-wash, just because I like to get the chemicals off before I handle the fabric.  I’m glad I did this time, the dark blue in the fat quarter bundle bled, although I used a Color-Catcher!  I ended up not using that fabric.  Because you’ll be appliquéing the pieces with fusible web, it’s a good idea to wash the fabric so the sizing doesn’t interfere with it adhering.  Don’t use fabric softener or a dryer sheet, that will also interfere with adhesion.

Cutting Borders and Sashing

We’re cutting the borders and sashing first to make sure we have long enough pieces before cutting the blocks.  Cut these now, then set aside.  From the white fabric:

Cut 2 – 4” x 44”
Cut 2 – 4” x 54”

Cut 6 – 1 ½” x 13”
Cut 2 – 1 ½” x 44

A word about the scrappy fabric strips – I used them in a “log cabin” style, adding them until the block measured at least 13”x14” and trimmed down as needed.  The blocks are all different sizes, basically trimmed after appliqué and embroidery to ¾” around the design before adding the scrappy strips.  To put them together I added fabric to make them uniform in size.  Each block tutorial will have full instructions on how to do this.

I’ve created a page [see above the post] for the Stitch-Along.  (If you’re reading this on your phone, you may not see it.)    That will be a permanent page – so if you want to collect the blocks, but not start right away, you can easily get to all the instructions.  And every pdf of the pattern templates will have a link to that page as well.

You can gather your supplies and cut out your borders and sashing this week, then next Monday [Feb. 5] we’ll be starting the first block!  Our last block will be uploaded on April 2, along with finishing instructions.

 If you have any questions, you can either email me, or leave a comment here [make sure to leave your email address – I get a lot of no-reply bloggers that I can’t email replies to, usually Google+ users – I can’t even comment on Google+ blogs!].  You can also come to my facebook page, Allie-oops Designs.

My prayer for every one of you that join in the Garden Party is that God will richly bless you through His word and through the work of your hands.  Actually, that’s my prayer for you even if you don’t make the quilt with us!  And how lovely is it that we’ll be gardening in the bleakest of winter months, for those of us in the northern hemisphere – this will carry us right into spring!

(Psalms 34:8) "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him."

This page has been turned into a pdf, available in my shop for free download.  Click here:


*I loved that scripture so much I had to stitch it - it is included in my set of free Scripture stitcheries - click HERE


Anonymous said...

Hi Allie this sounds like a wonderful idea i look forward to seeing how everyone goes with this lovely project ,sadly i can not join in as i have way too many projects to finish ,you do such beautiful designs my friend xx

Yvonne said...

Very cute Allie!

Jeanette said...

A lovely idea Allie. I do love your wallhanging. So tempting to join but i've got so much on my lists now. Hugs,xx

Águeda said...

I think it's a good idea. Your work is very beautiful. If a person has too many quilts or is very busy, he can buy three or four blocks for a smaller project. Hugs

Jenny of Elefantz said...

First block stitched and I can't wait to follow your tutorials and bring all the blocks together as a quilt! Oh Allie, I LOVE this, and I love all that God has done to inspire the design. xxxx

Little Quiltsong said...

Very lovely Allie! Love your blocks and the special words to be embroidered.

Little Penpen said...

The quilt is beautiful Allie.

Cathy said...

You are so talented. I love this pattern. Wish I could join in on the sew along, but my eyes are still giving me problems. Hugs

Karb328 said...

This is beautiful and I want to do it, though I doubt I can get a block made in a week. I will need to hand applique. Why will we need fusible interfacing and fusible web?
Thank you for the scriptures and the design.

Jocelyn said...

These look lovely.

Tammy said...

Very pretty. I know this will be a gorgeous quilt when done.

Fiona said...

That is so pretty....

Mamacessories said...

I love this! I bought the patterns for all the blocks and will gather my supplies!

Binsa said...

Lovely patterns Allie looking forward to seeing everyones progress

BJK said...

Hi! I just popped over from the Gentle Domesticity FaceBook group and found this lovely stitchery/quilting project! Purchased the patterns and will gather my supplies! I love the fabric you used - what is the name of the fabric line? Thank you for the patterns and inspiration! Always time for ONE MORE PROJECT! (

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful, Allie! I know I probably can't keep up that pace right now, but I will get all the information and patterns and work on it when school is out this summer. I really like this idea, and I like the way you came to it. Some of these are thoughts I've had recently, too. Thank you for sharing that part, and not just the design.


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