Free BOM - Apples of Gold - Block 2

I often tell readers who leave comments on my blog how much they have encouraged me. In the harsh world in which we live, it's easy to get weighed down with worry, disappointment, even despair.  It's at those times that my spirit is lifted by an encouraging word. 

That's our focus for Block 2 in the free Apples of Gold quilt pattern!  Our verse for this month comes from Proverbs 12:25:

Worry weighs a person down;
an encouraging word cheers a person up.

It's a quick little stitchery block surrounded by some very simple piecing. I used chain stitch on the leaves for variety and it helps make them stand out too.

I hope you like this new block.  You can download it here.
Don't forget to share my Apples of Gold button on your blog and tell your friends.  All the blocks in this free quilt will be available for the whole year.

Do you remember the Thoughts in Thread quilt from last year? It hangs on the wall above my sewing machine.  I have a wonderful cabinet for my machine, but truth is, I use it so much, that I tend to leave it up and exposed.  It really needed a cover to keep the dust out and I had a few bits and pieces over from the quilt, so ....

The Stitched with Love Sewing Machine cover:

It is in the wonderful Australian Patchwork & Stitching magazine Vol 13 No 12.

and made the cover:

Lots of appliqued goodies in my sewing basket:

I plan to have my Celebratory Giveaway next week - so stay tuned.

I hope you give and receive lots of encouraging words this week.

Happy stitching!


  1. I just love your sewing machine cover, Val. It's gorgeous. The thread you have used on the leaves for your Apples of Gold is perfect.

  2. THanks again for sharing a new BOM with us. Congratualtions on the sewing machine cover being in the mag. It is so pretty. I agree about encouraging words but also think that listening, really listening, is also very helpful. Sometimes you don't need to say anything but just listen.

  3. G'day Val. Your stitchery is just beautiful. I love the sewing machine cover. Gorgeous fabrics. Take care. Liz...

  4. I love your sewing machine cover! I don't know what I did wrong to make my pdf not download right. I got it but it was completely empty?

  5. The block is beautiful Val & love the use of the ric rac. The sewing machine cover took my fancy too. Thanks again, Tracee xx

  6. Great quote! I can relate to the worry part...and the encourageing part too.

  7. That's an adorable sewing machine cover. I'll have to look at the Bernina shop to see if they have that one. Your chain stitching is so even and beautiful. I'm envious. More practice needed here. =) Thank you for a beautiful thought on the second block.


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