Monday, March 5, 2018

Block 5 of 9, Garden of Contentment

This pattern is available in my shop, Allie-oops Designs, along with blocks 1-4
(Philippians 4:11) "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
(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."

This week I found myself wanting something, doesn’t matter what, but I felt like I needed it and couldn’t do a job properly unless I had it.  I began to get irritable and dissatisfied, trying to do that job anyway – thankfully I was home alone, so my attitude didn’t spill over onto anyone else.  My quilt caught my eye and I was instantly repentant.  My bible is heavy so I don’t carry it around the house, lol, but the quilt hanging up I see all the time.

(Matthew 6:25-33) "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? {26} Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? {27} Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? {28} And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: {29} And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. {30} Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? {31} Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? {32} (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. {33} But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
So – I read the above verse, and wondered what in the world I was getting so grumpled about.  (Yes, grumpled – I made that up and I like it.)  I have what I need and then some.  So I use a little more elbow grease to get a job done, it won’t kill me.  Might even use up some calories.

My friend Shirley says you spend the first half of your life acquiring stuff, and the second half getting rid of it.  She should know, she’s 87.  My son just bought a house, and has nothing – no trash cans, no plates, no kitchen table – and I told him that’s ok, take it slow, don’t be in a hurry to fill it up.  Get what you really need, secondhand if possible, and live for awhile without the rest. 

The Lord knows what we really need.  It’s certainly not stuff – it’s hope, it’s mercy, forgiveness, love, and sometimes just a quick trip to the woodshed.   There truly are no better gifts than these!!!

Let’s stitch the words that will anchor our blocks together in the garden.


Cut your background block 8 ½” tall x 12 ½” wide.  Trace the words onto your block using your preferred method. 
(Optional interfacing) – cut your interfacing 7 ½” tall x 11 ½” wide.  Fuse to the back.

Using two strands of embroidery floss, stitch the words using backstitch and single-wrap French knots for the ‘i’s.  Trim block to 6 ½” tall x 10 ½” wide.


Cut 2 strips 1 ½” x 6 ½” inches.  Stitch to sides of block and press away from the block.
Cut 2 strips  1 ½” x 13” (a little longer than necessary) and stitch to the top and bottom of the block.  Press and trim even.

Adding Strips

This block sits in the center of the quilt, so we’ll be adding strips to all sides.  I’ve numbered a diagram for you in the order to add your strips.  This one is done in more of a log cabin style to start.  Strips are 1 1/2" x however long you need them.

 After adding your strips, trim to 13” wide x 14” tall.  Your side strips will be very narrow – you may be able to add just one on one side, and not the other.  I didn’t think of that at the time.

That’s it, you’re done with block 5!  

Some blocks from others - Billie's gorgeous Gratitude and Mercy blocks, don't you love those colors? 

And Karen A.'s gorgeous Mercy block - 

Karen is using scraps and her blocks are making me wish I had such pretty scraps that played so well together!

Next week, we'll be stitching up some Love - 

I had fun fussy cutting that one!

Enjoy your week dear friends, may you be richly blessed!



WoolenSails said...

That is so true, I have so much I am overwhelmed and I am at the point where at least half has to go.
Another beautiful block and I do love having sayings on quilts and items on the walls, so I can see them every day to remind myself what is important.


Little Quiltsong said...

Such lovely words to stitch and constantly be reminded of. Loved your post and this new block!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I got carried away on Block one and forgot the pellon, so I skipped it on the rest of the blocks...yikes what was I thinking. I guess I wasn't. Nothing new for my brain...πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

TerriSue said...

Dear Allie, I hardly know what to say. I fall in this trap so often. I had decided that I was going to try and stay on my budget and cause my poor husband less sleepless nights this year. You sent out your invitation for your Garden Party. I thought about it several days before buying the whole set before the end of the year. I got my husband in on going through my fabric closet to pick out a palate. He did a wonderful job and has taken interest in the blocks as I stitch while sitting with him in the evening. He has been most impressed by the fact that the sum total of money laid out has been for one skein of DMC embroidery floss. I would normally use this as an opportunity to BUY! Where the quilt will end up is going to be on probably the center-most wall of the house so that I will be seeing "In The Garden Of Contentment" constantly. I have all to be content with. Due to an extremely generous will his mother left we have been able to pay off the mortgage on our house. We are now working on repairing our foundation which will alleviate a great concern. God has also blessed my husband so that it appears he will be able to retire when he wanted to in a few years. Yes, I definitely live in this garden if I choose to. If you designed this quilt for no one else but me than God knows he had his hand on you for that. Thank you Allie for your talent and your sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Allie ,love those blocks you do such lovely work my friend xx

Little Penpen said...

Thank you for always including such a thoughtful message with your posts. You are giving the quilt so much meaning for those who are making it with you. I can relate to the contentment thing too. It seems I always want more!

O'faigh said...

Hello Allie, lovely blocks and so enjoyed your post.


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