I'm playing the piano this afternoon for some hymn-singing in the local nursing home. Once a month our Church takes a service there for the residents who are unable to get out much. One of the songs we will sing is "Count your blessings".
Counting our blessings and being thankful is certainly a tried and trusted cure for when we are 'down in the dumps'. I have so much for which to be thankful - I couldn't start to list all my blessings.
When our children were little, we taught them to say this 'grace' before meals:
Thank you for the world so sweet.
Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you God for everything.
Giving thanks before a meal is a habit that most of our children still practice in their married lives and that they have taught their children. The words used now may be different, but being thankful for daily provision, when so many in the world are starving, is a good habit.
Why am I telling you all this? Because the grace above ended up in fabric!
A set of four placemats, each with a line of the grace embroidered on a stitchery centre with a little bit of applique:
Can you see the scalloped border around the stitchery?"
A little bird singing sweetly:
Whoever invented Prairie Points deserves a medal!
The pattern is in the latest edition of Country Threads magazine, Vol 13 No 5.
Well, the sewing machine is finally out of its cabinet, but I've been very disciplined and have kept to my plan for my spring cleaning - five areas done - almost one third of the way there! It's even starting to smell clean!
In my spare time, the pencil (and eraser!) have been hard at work as I'm designing the new free Block of the Month quilt for 2013. It's taken me for ever to get it together but the planning stage is almost complete and hopefully I can soon start on the fun bit - actually making it! Keep an eye out for the final pattern in the 2012 "Thoughts in Thread" project next week. I plan also to reveal what I have in mind for you for November/December - I'm quite excited about it and hope you will be too.
Meanwhile, happy stitching!