Sunday, February 18, 2018

Block 3 of Garden of Contentment

This block is available in my shop, Allie-oops Designs, along with block 1 and 2.

(Psalms 23:6) "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever."

This is probably the best known and most beloved verse about mercy in the entire bible.

(1 Chronicles 16:34) "O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever."
 (Psalms 13:5) "But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation."
 I am saved by God’s mercy, not by my own doings.  It’s His mercy that saves me, sustains me, strengthens me, humbles me.  Sometimes I forget I am dust – and only His mercy brings me back to the foot of the cross.  Mercy is not giving me what I so richly deserve when I sin against Him.  Mercy is leading me to repentance through His word.  Mercy is helping me to forgive those who have wronged me.  Mercy is (1 Timothy 3:16) "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."  Mercy bridged the awful chasm between our sinfulness and God's holiness.  

(Genesis 39:21) "¶ But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison."
I pray this often when praying for those who are today in prison for Christ.  Pastor Andrew, Asia Bibi, and those whose names we don’t know.  
(Psalms 89:1) "I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations."
(Psalms 103:11) "For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him."
(Hosea 10:12) "Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you."
(Matthew 5:7) "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy."
Or maybe Matt. 5:7 is the best known - and very humbling to me!  I need to make sure I've shown mercy before I ask for it - how have I treated others, even in a brief encounter?  The snippy cashier, did I respond in kind or did I smile and wish her a happy day?  She may be going through a crisis, did I show her any mercy?  The driver who cut me off - was he on his way to the hospital for a family emergency?  Even when someone can't hear me, do I show mercy toward them in my heart?  
(2 Corinthians 1:3) "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;"
(Titus 3:5-6) "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; {6} Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;"
This is a tiny portion of the verses with mercy, merciful or mercies in it.  Thank the Lord that his mercies are new every morning!
Let's add the Mercy flower to our Garden, shall we?


Cut your white background block 9” tall x 11” 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 post for block 1, I detailed what I use.

Trace your reversed shapes onto fusible web, and cut them out leaving a margin of 1/8th “.  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 8” tall x 10” 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.
Trim your block to 6 3/4” tall x 9” wide.

Cut 2 pieces 7” x 1 ½”.  Stitch to sides of block.  Trim even and press seams away from block.
Cut 2 pieces 1 ½” x 12”.  Stitch to top and bottom of block.  Trim even and press seams away from block.
Adding Strips
This block sits in the upper right hand corner, so strips will be added to the left side and bottom of the block.  Cut your strips 1 1/2" x however long you need them.

I’ve numbered a diagram for you with the order in which to add your strips.

I press seams open after adding each one to reduce bulk, follow the method that works best for you.  Press well, and trim block to 13” wide x 14” tall.  And that’s a wrap on block 3!!!

Billie has been stitching along, look at her gorgeous block 1 - 

Don't you just love that fabric!!!!  Jenny has also been stitching along, and here is her awesome block 3!!

So lovely!!!!

Block 4 will be up next Monday, Feb 26th, here's a sneak peek!

See you soon - I've a busy week ahead, my son gets the keys to his new house on Wednesday!!!

PS - A word about the bible program I use.  It’s called the King James Pure Bible Search Software, it’s a free download.  I’ve found it absolutely indispensible.  You can get it here:

Below is a screenshot of what it looks like.  You can search only old testament, only new testament, only one book, or all the bible.  Save, highlight, bookmark.
There is a built-in Webster’s 1828 dictionary for any words you may not understand.  For instance, the word “conversation” – I thought it just meant how you talk -  no!  This is the way it used to be used –


1. General course of manners; behavior; deportment; especially as it respects morals.

So now this verse makes a lot more sense to me - (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."
I fell in love with that dictionary when I was homeschooling, but I love it even more now!  Very convenient to have it built in. 


Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Beautiful post, Allie...I am thankful for mercy every day of my life and thank you for the excellent examples of how we can show mercy to others. Reading this was a perfect start to my day...And my week. 🤗

Little Penpen said...

I'm so thankful for His mercy towards me! Pretty block!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Beautiful post. I'm so thankful everyday. I love your designs and your work is beautiful!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Love the verse....Goodness and Mercy. I really am enjoying this SAL Allie! Hugs!!!

Nancy J said...

Beautiful delicate stitcheries. We have a whole lot to be thankful for right now down here.

WoolenSails said...

Another wonderful block and inspiration to carry us through the days.


Tammy said...

Its a beautiful block. Love seeing the different versions done by others too.

Susan said...

A wonderful block, yet again. This is such a nice series you are doing, and I look forward to do it later in the year. I might have said that before. It's still true! =) I have to search out some beautifully soft fabrics like these. It isn't something I have much, but I think I might have won a few fqs last year that would do. =) Thanks for the link to that Bible dictionary. I really like things like that when I'm studying scriptures. My church-published ones have all kinds of things at the bottom of the page - oh, footnotes, I guess. LOL Anyway, it does make it so much more meaningful when you really see what the intention is. =) Yay for your son, I'm sure he's VERY excited!

KaHolly said...

Great block! Beautiful quilt! Wonderful way to share your creativity.


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