Next year on the blog I'll be sharing not one, but TWO free Block of the Month projects.
The first will be a Christian co-project with my dear friend (and across-the-pond prayer partner of many years) Allie Hartom of Allie-Oops Designs.
"Postcards From Heaven" will begin on New Year's Day 2016 when I'll share the first of twelve monthly blocks.
In February Allie will share block 2, and from there we'll tag team back and forth each month till December.
Here's a little sneak peek of my first block in "Postcards From Heaven"...
We'll share all the info about this 2016 Block of the Month in December.
The second free Block of the Month for 2016 is one that has been on my heart all year.
As you know, throughout 2015 I've been seeking to rediscover myself, the real 'me', the gal with the homemaker heart.
(if you're new to the blog please read THIS blog post from January to better understand my motivation)
2016 will build on that theme, but deeper than this year because much of these past ten months have involved challenging life lessons of letting go, working through who I am, who I've become, and who I want to be, as well as learning about priorities, saying no, and what I can do to create a calm, ordered and welcoming home atmosphere.
I've indulged in most of my mission statement goals from January but not all, so walking along this path into 2016 is quite delightful because I feel no pressure, just excitement at the prospects ahead of me...
Overall I've loved the lessons that have become clear about myself this year, and though I may not have liked them all, mostly they are helping mold me into a nicer version of who I was before, and that's what I call a positive outcome and one that is worth continuing the challenge.
2016 will see me expanding my horizons along this beautiful path to "living the gentle domestic life".
And this is where the new BOM comes in to play!
"Gentle Domesticity" will be a year long quilt project made up of twelve applique/embroidery blocks and bits of patchwork.
Scattered through the quilt we'll sew blocks which feature scenes wonderfully gentle and domestic, quotes to inspire, or moments that calm and revive.
This patchwork quilt will indeed be a 'patchwork' view of the gently domestic life.
There's no materials lists to share with you because it's all made from scraps...
...which is why I'm telling you about this project today.
You have a little over two months in which to gather your own tub of fabric scraps.
Mine are mostly pastels in blue, pink, green, aqua, and beige, with probably a few pops of red, brown and yellow along the way...
If you have a metre (yard) of background fabric for the stitchery/applique blocks that will be enough, but for the remainder of the project just gather scraps.
I drew up the first block on Tuesday and stitched it that night...
I'm designing along the way you see, but the picture is in my mind and there's a delightful calm as I work through the process of bringing it to life...
This will be a quilt for my own pleasure, a treasure chest of memories drawn from a desire to be a homemaker more than anything else.
As I stitch this quilt, I'll be praying my girls will embrace homemaking as the noblest of all womanly occupations in their hearts, though they live in a world which (in general) doesn't hold that position in honour or esteem much anymore, and that they pass this truth down the family line with grace and joy.
That will be a legacy indeed.
Will you be joining me next year?