Sunday, March 25, 2018

Block 8 of 9, Garden of Contentment

This block is available in my shop, Allie-oops Designs, along with blocks 1-7.

(Genesis 6:8) "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD."

I find it very interesting that the first mention of grace in the KJB is Noah – for Noah being in the ark is such an incredible picture of our life in Christ.  Being in Christ, we are safe from the destroying storms that rage around us.  Maybe not safe from being hurt, or being killed, because these things happen to all [just ask the martyrs in the Middle East], but safe in the way that should anything happen, we’ll be with Christ.  Nothing can take us from Him.

(Genesis 39:3-4) "And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. {4} And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand."
The story of Joseph as well – the grace of God was with Joseph, even in captivity God used for good what man planned for evil.

(John 1:14) "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
Jesus was filled with the grace of God.

(John 1:17) "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."
The dictionary says this of Grace – (it is) the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him.

We cannot earn God’s grace.  None of us is good enough.  If you’ve ever told a lie, you’ve broken every commandment there is.  Jesus said to break one was to break them all.  The law was given so that we’d understand just how holy God is, and how we can never measure up – at the foot of the cross, we find grace, and through God’s grace we find salvation.

The Grace flower is an essential part of our Garden – without it, our other flowers would wither and die.  Oh Lord Jesus, I’m so thankful for your grace to me!!!

Let’s get started.


Cut your background block 10 ½” tall x 11” wide.  Trace the layout diagram onto your background using the marking method of your choice.  If using a permanent marking pen, don’t trace the appliqué portion.  I detailed what I use in the tutorial for Block 1.  
 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 9 ½” 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 8 ½” tall x 9” wide.


Cut 2 pieces 8 ½”  x 1 ½”.  Stitch to sides of block.  Trim even and press seams away from block.

Cut 2 pieces 1 ½” x  11 ½”.  Stitch to top and bottom of block.  Press seams away from block and trim even.  

Adding Strips

This block sits in the bottom row, middle.  We’ll be adding strips to both sides, and the top.

I’ve numbered a diagram for you on the order in which to add them.  Strips are 1 ½” wide by however long you need them.  

Please keep in mind that this is your quilt, and you can add strips however you want to.

After adding your strips, press well and trim the block to 13” wide x 14” tall.  And you’re done with block 8!  My goodness, only one more to go…..

Time for show and tell!!  Here is Billie's Love block - 

So scrumptious!!  And Jenny's Faith block - 

Gorgeous!!!  And Karen's Faith block - 

Brilliant!!!  You know, seeing all these different colorways really makes my heart sing!!!  Thank you ladies, you bless me!

Our very last block, Joy, will be uploaded next Monday, April 2!!  I’ll do a separate post for finishing instructions, that way it won’t be such a very long post.  But I won’t make you wait another week, lol.  Here’s a peek at Joy –

See you then!

(Acts 20:32) "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."
(Romans 5:1-2) "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."

(2 Corinthians 12:8-9) "For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. {9} And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."


Anonymous said...

Hi Allie great block my friend ,love the blocks that you do,say hi to mum for me and hope you and your boy are feeling heaps better xx

Lin said...

Another beautiful block Allie. Do hope you and Sam are both on the mend. xx

Cathy said...

Love your patterns. It is good of you to share your talent. Hugs

Little Quiltsong said...

Another special block! Grace - where would we be without it. Hope you are all doing better - and that your older son stays well!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Well, I guess I better go start the last one....grin. Lovely!

sunny said...

Beautiful, as always!!

WoolenSails said...

Another beautiful block and word, as well as the beautiful blocks that others are making.


West Michigan Quilter said...

Another beautiful block. Hope everyone at your house is all better.

Tammy said...

These look so beautiful Allie....You are so talented

Jan said...

Love your quotes from the Bible. So glad that Jesus died for us. God is in control!

Anonymous said...

Another beauty! I had fallen behind again, but have collected the last three from Craftsy, so I think I'm good to go when I find some time next fall! Thank you for a wonderful series, Allie. It's just what all stitchers need to make, reflecting on the meaning of each one, and all homes need to have hanging as a reminder.

cocoya said...

Another special block! Grace - where would we be without it. Hope you are all doing better - and that your older son stays well!



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