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Monday, April 9, 2018

Just Stuff

Spring is coming.  It has to.  It's a law or something.  It may get here by June.

Flowers are peeping out in the flowerbeds, and trying to crawl back into the dirt - 


I think these may be more crocuses, there are white ones as well.  Mind you, I didn't plant any of them - it's always a happy surprise to see what's there.  Especially since it's snowing AGAIN.

There has been some planting going on inside, though, my poor African Violets were in tiny pots and feeling the pinch.  They have new homes.


I had such a mess on my cutting table!!  My best friend Cathy had given me an Oriental Lily grow kit - isn't it cute?


You plant the bulb right in the watering can!!  So cute!  She got one for mom too!  I hope it grows, that will brighten things up.

There has been little stitching going on - I've been reading a lot, huddled under quilts with the heating pad.  My poor fingers are too cold to stitch much, but I do have some things ready for quilting, I'll be tackling those later in the week.  And look what just came in the mail - 


Flowers of Provence, by Holly Hill Quilt Designs, for Henry Glass.  I adore this fabric - look for some patriotic quilts coming soon!  I ordered for the first time from Bear Creek Quilting Company, online, and they were wonderful - even sent a free quilt pattern!

Today I had to take mum to the dentist, then we came back to my house for a quick bite of lunch.  Grocery shopping was next, so mum had to make a list, and check it twice...


Tomorrow she goes to the eye doctor, hopefully he will take her off the $100/bottle eye drops.  They're not doing a doggone thing for her except lighten her wallet.

It's dinnertime so I'm going to go heat up some chili, and huddle on the couch with the heating pad.  I'm wearing four layers and still freezing.  I'll leave you with a pic of Karen's gorgeous Grace block from the Garden of Contentment quilt - love it so much!!!


See you soon!
Love,
Allie



Monday, April 2, 2018

Garden of Contentment, Finishing Instructions

All blocks are available in my shop, Allie-oops Designs, along with the General Instructions pdf for the quilt.

It's time to put our Garden together!!  I'm going to repeat the cutting instructions for the sashing and borders, the measurements are already in the General Instructions pdf that I uploaded before we started.  If you don't have that, and haven't started your quilt yet, I urge you to download it - it's free.  I had you cut the borders and sashing before starting the quilt, as they're cut from the same fabric you used for your block backgrounds.

So - without any further ado - let's get busy!

Cutting
Borders:
Cut 2 – 4” x 44”
Cut 2 – 4” x 54”

Sashing:
Cut 6 – 1 ½” x 13”

Cut 2 – 1 ½” x 44 

I have you cut a little larger than you'll need, as a precaution.  Attach the sashing and borders, trimming as you go.  Better to have a little longer than you need instead of running short!

Sashing

Attach a 1 1/2" x 13" strip to the bottom of the Peace block, press and trim even.
Attach the top of the Hope block to the sashing strip .
Attach a 1 1/2" x 13" strip to the top of the Faith block.  Press and trim even.
Attach the sashed Faith block to the bottom of the Hope block.


Repeat for the next two rows.  Press well.

Attach a 1 1/2" x 44" strip to the right side of the first row.  Press and trim even.
Attach another strip to the right side of the second row.  Press and trim even.
Attach your rows together.

Using starch helps a lot with this whole process.

Borders

Attach a 4" x 44" border to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Press and trim even.

Attach a 4" x 54" border to each side of the quilt.  Press and trim even.


Sorry for the poor picture quality!!!

And you are done!  Congratulations - you have a beautiful quilt top!  I'm using a jelly roll for the binding, piecing it together.  I do like a scrappy binding!  I'm not sure yet how I'm going to quilt it, nothing fancy because I don't know how.  I would dearly love to see pictures of your finished quilts, you can email me or post on my facebook page (link on sidebar).

I'm off to get more coffee and think about what's next....
See you soon!
Love,
Allie

(Isaiah 58:11) "And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not."



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.

Applique
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.

Framing

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!
Love,
Allie

(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."




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.

Applique

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.

Framing

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!
Love,
Allie

(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."




Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thursday Report On Wednesday

Let me start by saying I'm sorry.  I've not been visiting your blogs lately, and I miss you, and I do have a note from the doctor excusing my absence.


I mentioned last week that Sam and I weren't feeling well.  Guess what?  Sam has chicken pox!  He had been getting the cold sweats, and told me he thought he was getting acne from it - I was feeling so poorly that I didn't take a good look at him until Thursday night, when he got home from work, and told him that it wasn't acne....he went to Urgent Care on Friday morning.

They gave him an antiviral drug to take, and symptoms that would require a visit to the ER.  He came down with those Saturday, so off to the hospital we went.  After much blood work, a CT scan, chest x-ray and spinal tap, they determined that the virus hadn't gone to his brain fluid, but kept him anyway.

They gave him lots of fluids, potassium, and the antiviral drug through the IV.  He had a huge room all to himself, his nurses came in wearing masks hooked up to oxygen hoses, [they looked like beekeepers] and finally got to come home Monday afternoon.  All of his meals were brought in take-out containers, with even a styrofoam tray, so that nothing had to go back to the kitchen.  

I get antsy when I'm stressed, need to be doing something, so I re-arranged my sewing room again.  Yep.  I had been sitting in my chair, feeling poorly myself, and wishing I could just lay down - so off went the chair and the couch came back.


The really, really big bonus is that I now have my U-shape back for sewing - ironing, sewing and cutting tables are close and handy.


And the back wall, where there isn't much light, now houses my computer desk.  Still have to hang a wallhanging there.


I'm happy, and wondering why it only took two years to get this right.

Sam is mending, and spring is on the way, I found some flowers in the front flowerbed the other day.


Don't know what they are but they're pretty, and will probably get covered with snow at some point - we're not into April yet!

I'm still praying my oldest son doesn't get the chicken pox, he was exposed last Wednesday, and the incubation period is 10-14 days.  He no longer has insurance, so it would be more of a hardship for him - we'll see!

I'm not sure if I've had chicken pox again or not, our symptoms were so similar except for the spots.  I had one spot, so I probably did.  They told Sam he'll be weak and tired for about a month...he got hit so hard.  I seem to be doing well but get awful tired in the early evening, and that couch sure is nice, lol!

I've started over in my blog reader - hopefully I'll be able to keep up with you all now.  I miss you like crazy.  See you soon!

Love,
Allie

Monday, March 19, 2018

Block 7 of 9, Garden of Contentment


This block is available in my shop, Allie-oopsDesigns, along with block 1-6

Sorry I’m late with this – brought my son home from the hospital this morning.

(Luke 18:40-42) "And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, {41} Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. {42} And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee."


 (Hebrews 11:1-2) "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. {2} For by it the elders obtained a good report."

Hebrews 11 is the faith chapter – oh how I love this chapter!!!!  I won’t put the whole thing here, but do go read the whole chapter, it gives me goosebumps every time.  If you want to increase your faith, go read about the faith of those who came before us, it’s awesome!
(1 Corinthians 10:11) "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."
(Romans 10:17) "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
I’ve watched my own faith grow as I delve daily into God’s word - the deeper understanding comes directly from God’s word.  Those ancient words just stay so fresh – and give me something new every day, no matter how many times I read it.  I may read something 100 times and not understand it fully, but suddenly God will give me understanding - and so my faith grows.  It’s like He knows when I’m ready to take it in!
(Ephesians 2:8-9) "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: {9} Not of works, lest any man should boast."
I used to think I had to do something to earn faith, or to earn God’s grace.  But that’s not how it works.  Faith is simply believing.  God said it?  Then you can believe it.  That’s all.  It seems too simple, and that’s where I used to get tripped up – surely that can’t be ALL!!!  But it is!  Christ has done the work for us!
 (Romans 1:17) "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith."
 (Romans 11:33) "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!”
Friends, I pray today that you’re able to rest in the knowledge of God’s grace to you, and that He deepens your faith every day! 
Let’s add our Faith flower to our garden – may it ever bloom and grow!!!
Applique
Cut your background block 13” tall x 10” 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 9” 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 with a single-wrap French knot dotting the letter “i”.

Trim your block to 11 ¼” tall x 8 ¼” wide.

Framing
Cut 2 pieces 12” x 1 ½”.  Stitch to sides of block.  Trim even and press seams away from block.

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

Adding Strips

This block sits on the far left side, bottom.  


  We’ll be adding one strip to the top, and three strips to the right side.  I’ve numbered a diagram for you on the order in which to add them.  Strips are cut 1 ½” wide by however long you need them.


 After adding your strips, press well and trim the block to 13” wide x 14” tall.  And you’re done with block 7!  Only two more to go, can you believe it???


Karen sent me a pic of her blocks 5 and 6, aren't they lovely?????


I just love her cheerful, colorful fabrics!!!  

Next week will be block 8, I just can't believe it.


I'll see you Monday, have a great week!!!
Love,
Allie


(Revelation 14:12) "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."


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