Today is the day!!! My 2012 free Block of the Month Quilt design is officially launched! Thank you to everyone who entered my poll to see whether you wanted the quilt to be revealed now, or month-by-month. Of the 433 people who voted, 70% said they wanted to see the complete quilt right at the beginning. That is an overwhelming response, so, close your eyes and scroll down if you don't want to see it all now!
Thoughts in Thread:
"Thoughts in Thread" is a wall quilt measuring 34 inches square and consists of nine blocks. Each month over nine months, I will give you the pattern for each block, then in the tenth month you will receive the finishing instructions. If you keep up each month, you will have a gorgeous Christmas present ready for someone special!
The concept of this design comes from a wonderful verse in the Bible: Philippians 4:8 -
Summing it all up: Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly—fill your minds with these thoughts.
You can see that it is all about Thoughts, hence the title - "Thoughts in Thread". I hope you will really come to love this verse as we stitch our way through it in 2012.
The first block focuses on true thoughts. I used a violin for this block because it is such a beautiful instrument. However, if it is not truly in tune, or the notes are not played truly, it can be quite painful to listen to! It's a reminder to me to only allow things that are true into my mind - not hearsay, or gossip or half-truth.
The applique is surrounded by some simple piecing and of course it wouldn't be my design if it didn't have plenty of stitching embellishment! I hope you like it!
The design is completely free, but I would love it if you would put my “Thoughts in Thread” button in the sidebar of your blog with a link back to http://val-laird.blogspot.com. (Just right click and Save Picture As a jpg file onto your computer, then upload it to your blog.) Or you can advertise it on Facebook, or any other way you can think of. Here is the button, designed by my lovely daughter, Janelle:
Now, over you go to my website where you can download Block 1- scroll down past all those patterns till you come to the bottom of the page. (I don't mind if you click on some of the patterns as you go past and have a good look. They are all available as e-patterns - ie you will receive them in your e-mail Inbox within 24 hours of purchasing them.)
Keep a watch in the third week of February for the next instalment and I hope you have fun choosing your fabric and starting on my new design.