January 15, 2017

2017 Free Block of the Month Wall Quilt - Hand-picked Wardrobe BLOCK 1

I'm excited today to launch my 2017 free Block of the Month Wall Quilt. I have called it:

Hand-picked Wardrobe

It is based on some fantastic and oh-so-relevant verses from the Bible in Colossians 3:12-14. The Message version puts it this way:

"Dress in the wardrobe God picked
out for you ..."

and then it goes on to enumerate the character traits that we should wear every day. I love sharing God's Word and I hope you will enjoy stitching these wonderful words with hundreds of other stitchers around the world.

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
"Hand-picked Wardrobe" button on your sidebar, or post it on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram etc so that other stitchers can share in this free pattern. Here's the button for you - Just right click on it and Save image as or Copy image over to your site with a link back to my blog.

The wall quilt measures 32 inches square and will be broken up into 12 blocks. Each month this year, I plan to give you the pattern for another block plus the finishing instructions. Each new block will be available for free download until the end of 2017. 

The first item in our wardrobe is compassion - how this is needed in our world today:

If you hop over to my Craftsy Store, you will find Block 1 there.

As always, I would love to see photos of your completed block!

We have had a heatwave here so it's certainly the weather to be indoors stitching in front of the air conditioner! The result is that I have completed another row of my new QAYG quilt and all the appliques are done on a different section so it's ready for quilting - still deciding how I'm going to quilt this row, but it's certainly easier for me to manage just an 8 inch strip than manoeuvering a whole quilt under the needle.

Before I get to the machine again, I have another job on my list - to preserve a case of plums. They have just become plentiful in our area, which means they're at a good price. It's a bit of work now to process them, but the result is that we can enjoy them on our cereal throughout the year.

Melting heart moment of the week was when Grand-daughter skyped us and asked could we order some play-dough 'food' in her pretend cafe! Thanks to the wonders of technology, we watched her more than 1000 kms away, prepare our nachos, hot dogs, and dessert, all beautifully presented - it actually made us feel hungry!  We are blessed to have such beautiful grandchildren.

May you know many blessings in your life too.



  1. Thank you Val, what a great quilt. So nice to have a wonderful family, take care. Guida

  2. Thanks for sharing that moment with your granddaughter. How sweet! Technology is wonderful. Thanks, too, for the beautiful block and sentiment. I'm going to love this year's BOM!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this! This is one I have to make. Will be sharing it also.

  4. It's so nice to see that you're stitching and sharing as much as ever. What a pretty BOM with wonderful Biblical significance. Just lovely. You are a beautiful person, Val.

  5. I really love this and have decided that it will be a perfect addition to our new home that we hope to move into this year (just have to sell this house first). I've popped the button onto my sidebar. I've also managed to begin choosing some fabrics from my stash . Thanks so much for making this a free pattern for us to share.

  6. Love the way you spread the word of God by your quiltdesigns....

  7. Has block 2 been posted and I missed it?

  8. The link to Block 2 is here Sharon: http://val-laird.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/free-block-of-month-wall-quilt-block-2.html


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