January 17, 2016

Free Block of the Month Wall Quilt - Pattern 1

Once again I have a free Block of the Month Wall Quilt design to share with you this year. I have called it

You are Blessed

The new quilt is based on The Beatitudes which are found in the Bible in Matthew 5:1-12. We are using seven of the eight surprising blessings which Jesus gave his followers. Each one begins with a word that could be translated into English as “You are supremely happy” or “supreme blessedness”. 

These blessings are surprising because what follows is not what you would normally regard as supreme happiness. I love sharing God's Word with you and I hope you will enjoy stitching these empowering blessings.

The pattern is FREE, for personal use or to make as a gift.  You may also give a copy to friends and tell them where to find me, but please do not use the pattern for profit.  

If you have a blog, I would love it if you would put my “You are Blessed” button on your blog sidebar, or post it on Facebook etc so that other stitchers can share in this free pattern. (Just right click on the button on my sidebar and Save image as or Copy image over to your blog.)

The wall quilt measures 32 inches square and consists of seven 7 inch square blocks and one 7 x 15½ inch block. Each month over nine months, I will give you the pattern for another block plus the finishing instructions. Each new pattern will then be available for free download until the end of the year.

You can download Pattern 1 in my Craftsy Store here.

Last year, I decided to expand my quilting knowledge and work through the Jinny Beyer 2015 Craftsy Block of the Month Class. It certainly was challenging for someone who is not a top class piecer! 

There was plenty of foundation piecing which was all new to me but I certainly liked the accuracy of the results.

There was a bit of fudging to get all the crosses to fit the sashings. I'm hoping my quilter won't complain!

I'm happy to say that I completed it last week and now I'm just waiting for the backing fabric that I've ordered to arrive.

I don't know that I will make a 100 inch square quilt again for a while! It's certainly my biggest effort ever, but it's going to look lovely on our bed.

I'm glad I put the effort into completing the quilt, as my year of work started a week earlier than I had planned. Editors are already back at their desks and I've had pattern checking to do! I'm happy that I can start my year with a clean slate, knowing that last year's quilt is finished. [I refuse to look in the PASSES (Projects At a Stand Still) drawer at the commencement of a year - that would certainly mess up my clean slate!!!]

I still haven't tidied up my fabric drawers but I am delighted that our garage has had a huge cleanup! It's amazing how much a deadline can accomplish!  You might remember the storm damage we had early in December (this post). It is all being repaired this week, with plumbers replacing the guttering, men coming to take off the garage door, carpenters replacing the ceiling, then plasterers and painters to finish off. It was a great incentive to get rid of loads of empty boxes, and heaps of unwanted rubbish, so there'll be a trip to the dump tomorrow and the op shop later in the week ... and hopefully plenty of time to do some stitching!



Bilko Parker said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely quilt. Guida

Melody said...

It is very kind of you to share such a beautiful project. I'll definitely blog about it sometime this week.

Rosa said...

So beautiful BOM,thanks for sharing and have fun with your new project!

Have a great week.

sunny said...

Nooooooooooooo! I was going to sit this one out, but no, you have to make it irresistible. I'll go through my stash this week, and if I have what I think is appropriate, I'll be joining in. Thanks so much!! Your large quilt is awesome. That would be way beyond my skill set, but maybe some day,...

Connie said...

Your quilts are so lovely and you are so sweet to share :)
Keep Smiling.
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

Shasta Matova said...

That looks like a beautiful BOM. Thank you for sharing it.

Sue Smith said...

A fantastic BOM, thank you so much for sharing. I look forward to following this each month.

Ondrea said...

Woohooo! Another lovely BOM to stitch. Tahnkyou so much. I so love your Jinny Beyer quilt! You are one very patient lady making that one. The colours are stunning. Good to know that all that storm damage has been repaired now.

Rian said...

Thanks for the awesome pattern. I hope to have time to make it this year!

Anonymous said...

A lovely BOM to look forward to this year. Thanks, Val! I absolutely love your quilt. I like your colors so much. It seems lighter and airier than the original, and I look forward to seeing the fully quilted project on your bed. If only that were in person! =) I'm so happy that your damage repair is under way. I hope it goes quickly and there are no surprises. Have a happy day, and don't look at those PASSes. They can wait. I like that term better than UFO, though. =)

Terry said...

Looking forward to making this beautiful BOM with you. Thank you so very much :)

Susan said...

This is a gorgeous project and quite achievable even with a long UFO lsit - thanks Val - and I do love your Jinny Beyer quilt.

Carla Fiedler said...

Val, this is so pretty! Thank you for providing the patterns as a BOM for us! I'm currently working on a scrappy, machine embroidery redwork quilt. The ME designs are Old Testament Bible stories (Martha Pullen 2008 IEC designs). Yes, I'm slow! The red fabrics came from my mom's stash so hold a special place in my heart. Thanks again for this beautiful quilt!