June 12, 2016

Free Block of the Month Wall Quilt - Pattern 6

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!


  1. Val, the cupcake pincushion is very cute I must say. No wonder it is so popular. I hope your car is now sweet smelling after the incident with the milk ;-)

  2. Thank you sew very much for sharing your wonderful patterns with us. I do feel truly blessed. Embracing Creative Bliss...

  3. I too have been going through my PASS box but haven't found any stitching as beautiful as yours. I love the leaves and need to master satin stitch and long and short stitch. I also love your block. Thank you for your beautiful designs and thoughts.

  4. Very nice work! The cupcake is so adorable

  5. That shading is beautiful on the leaves! I have not heard of this thread, so now I have to go look it up. Amazing that finished things find their way into our drawers and totes ... just not quite finished! Thank you so much for the adorable pincushion pattern and the new butterfly BOM. Next year, I'm giving up my yearly CQ project to devote myself to more embroidery and applique, so I'm saving these to make then.

  6. PASS projects - ha ha, I like that! A useful substitute acronym for the old UFO!


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