Last week I showed you my early progress sewing the Apron (Kindred Kitchen) block which was shared as a free pattern by the lovely team from Fat Quarter Shop.
I'd decided to add my own little twist to this pretty block as I love the idea of personalizing projects so that they take on true significance in my life, and this being my Year of Gentle Domesticity the addition of a Scripture verse which spoke of my heart for homemaking seemed quite appropriate...
I also added an extra row of grey pin-dot above and below the block to finish it as a mini quilt and to complete the project the final touch was a pretty fabric flower with vintage button centre...
I finished this sitting quietly yesterday, reflecting on Blossom's intimate 21st birthday dinner and the joy shared across the table with those whom she loves and who love her.
I'll share photos in a few days, but right now I feel the need to hold them close and private for a little while longer. It truly was a beautiful evening, and we felt your prayers - thank you.
So as I let the memories of twenty one years with a precious young woman to love and nurture fill all the quiet corners of my thoughts yesterday, I hand quilted slowly...
...and created my own mother's birth-day gift to hang on the sewing room door and remind me of what Blossom remembers as being the most important thing I do.
"She watches over the ways of her household." (Proverbs 31:27)
May I never slip from that again as I almost did these past few years when work and income, technology busyness and emails, threatened to become more important than family, home, and God.
You see, I intend leaving a better legacy tomorrow than I have today.
And it's not about 'things' to pass down.
It's about inspired and warm memories of mothering & being a wife, gracious and steadfast love even when it hurts, every-day Faith, forever Hope, the constancy of a life lived with goodness of heart and a humble spirit, a state of mind that is satisfied and at peace with where God has me and His reasons for that - even when I do not know them.
I'm not quite there yet, but these are my life goals now because I want my family to have a greater inheritance than my earthly possessions.
And all these deep thoughts began with a pretty apron block to sew and a birthday to celebrate.
You just never what God will use to teach, do you?
If you'd like to sew this block it is here at the Fat Quarter Shop blog, and if you'd like to make it as a mini-quilt and stitch Proverbs 31:27 onto the pocket as I have done you can download my template to trace the Scripture here.
Bless you heaps,