Monday, February 26, 2018

Block 4 of 9, Garden of Contentment

This pattern is available in my shop, Allie-oops Designs, along with blocks 1-3

(Psalms 31:24) "Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD."

(Psalms 33:18) "Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;"

(Psalms 119:114) "Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word."

Have you ever felt hopeless?  I have.  There have been times in my life when all was darkness – I could see no way out, no light anywhere.  Depression has dogged me most of my life.  I remember once, as a teenager, after my dad died – I was seriously [and probably clinically] depressed and the whole world was drab and colorless, it was like winter in my soul.  No warmth, no sun, I couldn’t think of a single reason to go on.  

 I had a dream on one of my worst nights – I was in a deep, dark cave, with the opening far above me, the sky was dark and cloudy, and suddenly a ray of light shone down on me.  These words came to me – “in the darkness of despair there is a ray of hope”.  I knew it was God, although I didn’t know Him yet.  I woke up and wrote those words down, and never forgot it.

(Psalms 130:5) "I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope."
It seems like I was in that dark cave for many years, but I never really lost that hope again.  It took a long time but that hope was realized.  I know that everything I walked through was truly worth coming out of, into the glorious light of the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  It didn't happen overnight, but it happened.

(Jeremiah 17:7) "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is."
I understand Romans 5:1-5 much better now - this verse gives me so much joy anymore.
(Romans 5:1-5) "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: {2} By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. {3} And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; {4} And patience, experience; and experience, hope: {5} And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."
So everything I’ve gone through, all the tribulations, worked patience in me, patience worked experience, and experience worked hope.  How glorious is our God!!! I don't think the tribulations are done, I don't think they will be until I fall on my knees before Him, but in the midst of them there is hope, and that makes all the difference.

The Hope flower is going to make a beautiful addition to our Garden – it wouldn’t be complete without it!

So let’s begin, shall we?

Cut your white background block 9” tall x 9” wide. Trace the layout diagram onto it, using the marker of your choice – if using a permanent marker, don’t trace the appliquĂ© 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 8” 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 7 1/4” 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 10”.  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 left side, so we’ll be adding strips to the top, bottom and right side, in that order.

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 four!

Here's Jenny's gorgeous Hope block, don't you just love the colors she's used, and how she adds that special Jenny touch!

And Karen A. has been stitching along, she's using up her scraps, I LOVE it!!

I wish I had such pretty scraps!

Precious sisters, my prayer for you is that you never, ever give up hope - that you find hope in Him - He loves you so much!!!

See you soon - 

Sneak peek at block 5, on the blog Monday March 5


WoolenSails said...

Beautiful block and word to use, as well as your fabric choices.


Jenny of Elefantz said...

Your original block is my favourite...the words, the inspiration behind it...the truth it holds. xxxx

Yvonne said...

We all need hope from time to time to keep going......
Beautiful work.

Little Quiltsong said...

So, so pretty. Love each and every block - and seeing the fabrics everyone chooses for them. Such beautiful work!

West Michigan Quilter said...

That block is so beautiful. I've never used the fabric on a stitchery. Looks difficult. But yours are all so pretty!

KaHolly said...

So very sweet!

Little Penpen said...

Such a pretty block. Your blocks look so crisp and clean! I'm thankful for hope, too. I have seasons of depression and just wish I could always be happy. But I do know that the good days will come again!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Precious truth, dear sister....Depression/anxiety is dogging me hard these days, so I heard things I needed to hear. =)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Sure am enjoying all of this Contentment.

Monica Richmond said...

Thank you for your wonderful words, you have helped remind me Gods in charge and HE CAN AND WILL FIX MY MANY PROBLEMS. And one is chronic pain I am tired of waking up to daily and getting no relief

Ponderosa Postings said...

I am enjoying working on this quilt, Garden of Contentment. Thanks for design and biblical words each week.


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