April 16, 2013

Free BOM - Apples of Gold - Block 4

Here it is - I'm still on Cloud 9, (see previous post!) but have had a chance to get organised.

 Block 4 in the free "Apples of Gold" block of the month quilt:

Another ever so practical verse from the Bible this month:

Gentle words deflect anger.  

The rest of the verse goes on to say, “but harsh words make tempers flare.” 
Proverbs 15:1  

I vividly remember an incident one year when we were travelling on holidays.  A Bikie gang came up behind us, and one of them passed us on the WRONG side of the car.  My husband didn’t see the bike, seeing he was passing us on the inside. At the same time, we were turning in to a Petrol Station, so nearly wiped the bike off!  Next thing, this huge big guy, shoulders raised, chest out, lumbered up to us. I was sure we were going to be the next statistic in road rage!  

All I could think of was this verse!  “Gentle words deflect anger ...”  I quoted it to my husband about three times as he got out of the car, just in case he was going to tell the bikie that he was in the wrong!  Hubbie had no intention of doing that, considering he was about one third of bikie’s size!  Hubbie’s gentle apology that day (it didn’t matter that it wasn’t him in the wrong), deflected the anger. I have no doubt that it would have been a very different outcome if harsh words were spoken and voices were raised!   

I hope you like the little snow-drops tucked in there.  They are a favourite childhood memory of mine.

You can download Block 4 from here, and if you missed any of the other blocks, they are all available on my free pattern page.

I've spent the day checking patterns, templates, samples, invoices etc. and now there are four patterns all packaged sitting waiting for me to get to the Post Office to post off to Magazine Editors.

Two of them are Christmas designs:

You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of Christmas designs (or maybe there are six) that I have produced in the eight years I have been designing. I'm not sure why really - maybe it is all too much to have to think about Christmas again when you have just got over the previous one!  Well this year I have been inspired by the lovely Cinnamon Spice range of fabric.  It's not Christmas material, but it is in the right colours.

I have enjoyed using it so much that I am making another design.  Hopefully I will finish the stitchery tonight so that I can put it all together tomorrow.

Happy stitching!


Gina E. said...

Oh Val, what a horrid experience. My hubby has ridden bikes for 50 years and he has never had an accident on a public road in that time. He cringes when he sees other motorcyclists doing stupid things like passing cars on the left. No wonder so many car drivers think motorcycles should be taken off the road.

Carla Fiedler said...

Val, What a testimony! I'm so glad you and your husband are okay after that motorcycle experience. Maybe your gentle response opened a door for a conversion that day!

Wonky Girl said...

My goodness I sure look forward to seeing the Apples of Gold blocks. I'm so tempted to try the stitching part of a block. My hand work of embroidery is not so great but it has been a long time since trying.
Also much enjoy your memory stories.