Free Block of the Month Wall Quilt - Pattern 9

Need some encouragement in a time of difficulty? I have just the verse for you, 

"Don't quit in hard times" 
(Romans 12:12 The Message)

And wouldn't you know it, I had to prove it myself this week! The hard drive on my computer crashed - had a fatal heart attack. Very often in a crash like this, the technicians can rescue all the data and programmes and settings and drivers and fonts and everything else that lives there, but not on mine - it was terminal!

The computer has been at the workshop for most of the week and I'm still waiting anxiously for its return. Thankfully we have an old laptop so I've been able to read emails and look on the internet, but that's about its limit. What then could I do about Block 9 of the free Keys to Contentment quilt that I promised you? It was my first job on the list for last Wednesday but without my computer programmes, it was impossible. My reaction was to quit and give up!  But how could I do that, when I am giving you "Don't quit in hard times" to stitch!!!

I managed to download to the laptop the two programmes that I needed, found my backup files on the Cloud, loaded all the missing fonts, and got it all working enough to produce the file for you. So I've put into practice our verse and here it is - Block 9:

I love the shading on these flower sprays:

Of course, there is a key on the block, and yes, I do have a great sense of contentment that I was able to complete the task and not quit!

The pattern is available here for free in my Craftsy store, along with the other eight patterns in the set. Next month I will give you the instructions for putting it together as a quilt.

The bonus to not having a computer is that I drew up three new patterns and have already stitched and assembled one of them. I've been really dragging the chain with my designs lately. Inspiration has been there, but the "get-up-and-go" hasn't, so this week has been the motivation that I needed!

My week to come has a lot to look forward to - a birthday party, a wedding so lots of lovely time with our family; a visit from friends; and having my computer again, though I can't say I am eager for the job of getting it back together how I like it.

Happy stitching!


  1. Dear me, Val, how dreadful to have your computer crash on you! Thanks for the new block. I will change the one in my blog sidebar as I think some readers are following along.

  2. Sorry to read about your computer but good on you for 'not quitting'.
    Thank you for another lovely block. x

  3. Your committment to not quitting is very admirable...especially in a week of turmoil with your computer. I think I would not have endured so well as you have. Love your block with the ring of beautiful flowers and tied with a bow. May you enjoy your time with birthday and wedding family and friends. Creative Bliss Inspires...

  4. Thank you so much for all you share with us. A beautiful block

  5. Thanks, Val, for the pattern! I hope you are up and running with a fully functioning computer very soon!

  6. Oh, I'm so sorry about the computer issues - and no recovery. Boo hoo! How good of you to go ahead and do all that was required to make this pattern for us. Your coming week sounds like a better one. =)

  7. I love the new block! I'll get mine stitched up as soon as I get home from vacation. I have the quilt all put together except for this block, and I even have the binding made. I absolutely LOVE it!! Thanks so much, Val for sharing your talents with us.

  8. It's a gorgeous block, thank you so much for all your effort in getting it to us, such an inspiration :) Hope more than you think can be salvaged, and there is less disruption than you fear in getting everything back the way you like :)

  9. Thank you for an especially lovely block this month

  10. OH dear! How very frustrating and annoying! Thanks for putting in all that hard work. It is much appreciated. I am now up to date with the blocks and shall start stitching this one very soon.Enjoy your month.

  11. I read that quickly first as "Don't quilt in hard times." I was like WHAT??? I need to slow down. The block is lovely; sorry about the computer.

    Susan in Texas

  12. Hi Val,
    Just wanted to say thank you for the lovely BOM you have kindly offered for free.

  13. Just posted my finished quilt. Thank you sooooooooooo much for your beautiful designs.


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