Happy New Year!
Here in Australia we've just woken to breakfast on January 1st and like most people I'm hopeful of a very good year ahead; a year of learning, settling, refreshing, contentment, and growing deeper in my faith.
Part of this 2016 journey will be studying with focused attention the things our Heavenly Father speaks into our lives through His Word - and etching them deep into my heart and upon my mind.
"Postcards from Heaven" is a project Allie Hartom (Allie-Oops Designs) and I are going to share with you this year. Allie is a sister-of-my-heart, a sister-in-Christ and a faithful prayer partner since we met online about 7 years ago. We put plenty of prayer into this year of God-breathed promises and hope that they bless you from the top of your sweet head to the tip of your toesies.
We're tag teaming our blocks each month and I drew the January straw. My inspiration was easy...
His love for me, His love for *you* is from everlasting to everlasting...that's His promise.
As I stitched my block the truth of God's words sunk deep into my soul and I felt hope and acceptance filling the empty spaces of my heart.
I pray you let Him do a work in your heart too, as the gentle rhythm of sewing holds you captive...
A word about stitching this postcard...
I know that some people find hand-embroidering words a trial of patience and skill, especially when they are small, so I've left a few parts of the design 'free' from thread.
The waves on the stamp, 'postcard' and Jeremiah 31:3 Scripture reference were drawn with a 0.4 brown pigma pen which won't wash out.
"My love for you is everlasting" was sewn in backstitch with a single strand of dark brown thread, but if that is too challenging for you just draw the words and leave them un-stitched as well.
You'll find this information and a few more tips in the pattern which can be download as a free gift HERE from my shop. This pattern will remain free all year.
Next month Allie will be sharing the February postcard.
Why don't you visit her now and say hi?
You can also bookmark her blog HERE so you don't miss next month's free pattern, plus have a look at her free 'Scrappy Harvest at the Cabin' quilt along. It's the perfect stash-busting project!
Remember that the first block of my new BOM "Gentle Domesticity" will begin on January 5th!
I'm so excited to be sharing two BOMs this year because each of them is about nourishing the soul of women, and my prayer is that we're all blessed abundantly as we stitch, ponder, and live satisfying lives.
My prayer for each of us as we embark on a new year is to laugh more, be deeply satisfied as homemakers, find each new day more blessed than the one before, have increased confidence in sharing and teaching what we know to the next generation and those who need assistance, to look for opportunities where we can continue to learn and grow, have hearts that seek Jesus more than ever before, be hearts that find Him.
happy new year, lovely friends