Living in a fallen world means that stress, loss and sorrow is inevitable. Scientists tell us that a 20-second hug reduces the harmful physical effects of stress, including its impact on our blood pressure and heart rate.
Our verse featured in Pattern 6 of the free Block of the month Wall Quilt:
You are Blessed
tells us that a time of grief and sorrow can turn into a great blessing, because that is when we can know God’s amazing comfort if we will but turn to Him. It’s as if God wraps His arms around us ... and there’s nothing quite like a hug from God!
You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. Matthew 5:4
Pattern 6 is available for free download in my Craftsy Store here.
While you're there, you might like to look at some of the other patterns I have put there recently:
I have also made available my 'take' on the cupcake pincushion. So many people have asked for the pattern over the years, and the photo last week again prompted requests, so here it is:
Free pattern in my Craftsy Store here.
This week I opened my PASS drawer (Projects At A StandStill). I had pretended it didn't exist for a year or so! What a shock I received when I looked in there. I had totally forgotten about all the bits and pieces I had hidden away. That was enough to motivate me to do something with at least one of those PASSes which was a completed stitchery. It just needed a couple of days of concentrated effort and now I have a very lovely completed object, but I can't show you yet as it is going to be a gift. I will however give you a look at some of the embroidery on it as it is something quite different using Japanese Bunka thread.
I love the beautiful blending effect which the thread gives. The pattern was meant to be worked by Punch Needle but I chose to embroider it instead. You might have seen these photos on my Facebook page.
It's a fascinating thread to use and something I should explore more.
Hope you enjoy stitching the free patterns!