Sunday, April 1, 2018

Block 9 of 9, Garden of Contentment

This block is available in my shop, Allie-oops Designs, along with all previous blocks

(Nehemiah 8:10) "Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

How appropriate that our very last flower is JOY.  All of our other flowers have brought us to this last one – they all culminate in the joy we find in Jesus.  And the joy He gives us is our strength!  We can face it all with joy, even the hard times, because we can trust Him absolutely.

(Isaiah 12:2-3) "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. {3} Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation."
(Habakkuk 3:18) "Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation."
And to think, not only do we have joy, the Lord joys over us!!!!
(Luke 15:10) "Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth."
When you repented and trusted Christ for your salvation, there was joy in heaven.  Not only do we find joy in Him – He finds joy in us!  I find that incredibly amazing.  To know that I, chief of sinners, have been forgiven – not grudgingly, but JOYOUSLY.  God takes joy in our salvation!
(Luke 12:32) "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
I’ll not say what denomination I grew up in – but in it, God was very stern, always watching and waiting for me to mess up so He could hammer me.  I heard the words “God's gonna get you...” a LOT.  To read His word and realize that He loves me and takes joy in freely giving me these gifts was life-changing, to say the least.
(John 15:11) "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."
Time to add our very last flower – JOY.

Cut your background block 13” tall x 9” 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 12” 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 11 ¼” tall x 7 ¼” wide.


Cut 2 pieces 11 ¼”  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 bottom row, right side.  We’ll be adding strips to the top and left side.

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.  

 I found I needed very thin strips along the top and far left side to make it measure 13" wide x 14" tall.  Add however many strips you need to get to that measurement, you may not need as many as I did.

After you get it to size, give yourself a very big pat on the back – you are done with all your blocks!!  I’ll be adding the finishing instructions in a couple of days, the sashing strips are 1 ½” wide like the strips.  It will go together pretty quick!

Show and tell time!  First block from Billie - oh how I'm loving these colors!!

I really can't wait to see her finished quilt!  And then Jenny's gorgeous block - 

How precious is that - do you see the deer in the flowers?  Love that!!  Ladies you bless me so much!

Can you believe we're almost at the end of our journey?  I can't - but oh how we'll love spending time in our gardens, admiring the beautiful flowers the Lord has given us.  No matter the season, we can enjoy them.  

I'm going to write up the finishing instructions tomorrow.  Everyone goes back to work, and the house will be quiet and I can concentrate.  I'm hoping to get the post done tomorrow night, but if not, it will be Wednesday.  Be blessed as you stitch!!

See you soon!

(Zephaniah 3:17) "The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing."


Michele McLaughlin said...

It looks wonderful! I'm not doing any hand sewing right now but I love your Garden of Contentment! Have a wonderful day!

Little Quiltsong said...

Another beautiful block!! Love the flower alongside the word. Hope you are all on the mend - and that no one else got the chicken pox.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I think each one is my new favorite!

TerriSue said...

Dear Allie, Oh how I love the word Joy. In this day and age when so many people seem to be so concerned about achieving happiness, what I want is joy. Joy is something that you can choose. Happiness is a feeling and can be quite fleeting. What really bothers me are all of the Christian books available on how to achieve happiness. God never promised us happiness, and why would he? You can't promise a feeling. Joy is a gift He gives us, and what a gift! I like the flower you designed to go with Joy.
I have fallen somewhat behind on my blocks due to sickness, yet I keep at them. Today I am going to finish transferring the designs over I haven't yet and cut strips so I can start making blocks out of the ones I have finished. We are having work done on our foundation today and needed to take everything that was hanging on the wall down that I intend to hang the quilt on on. It looks quite bare so I will have to put my nose to the grindstone to finish this up. I am stitching it up on a relatively new sectional that we bought that is what we chose the colors to match with. When I am stitching I will look and it matches so prettily. I can't wait until it is done. Thank you once again dear Allie for sharing your talent so generously with all of us.

WoolenSails said...

That is beautiful with the sashing and fabrics. A great design to use with all types of fabrics to suit the quilters likes.


Tanya said...

That really turned out beautifully! I love seeing how different people used different colors. I hope to see everyone's quilts in their final form.

cocoya said...

I think each one is my new favorite!


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