Friday, September 21, 2018

Week 4 and 5 alphabet pincushions...

It's settlement day for our first (and last) house purchase, and we are just hours away from being handed the keys, the title, the ownership, of our forever on earth home.

A calm excitement is slowly filling every part of me, and I know that sounds odd, but it really describes the emotions within my soul. 

Having waited all my life for this event and knowing that later today such a heartfelt and often heart-weary dream is about to come to pass, brings praise from my lips for our God who is faithful beyond measure, Who's timing is perfect in His great plan for our lives, Who has never failed me and never left me without hope.

Two more sleeps and we move in.
Two more sleeps and we plant ourselves in holy ground, for this new home has been covered in prayer for as long as I've known Jesus and the three times we have walked through it's rooms during the process of purchase we have sensed His hand on our shoulders, His joy surrounding us. We are wrapped in His grace, beneficiaries of His provision.

So as we face a pretty big week or two ahead of us, moving and unpacking, setting things up the way we like them, and the much needed rest and recovery afterwards, I'm going to share two alphabet pincushion patterns today and then step away from the blog until October bids us welcome.



When I chose the fabric for 'D' I could see this pincushion being made for a child, perhaps a little girl's first sewing set?

Stitched on white linen I've added a narrow border down the left side and a wider border to the right, then stem stitched in the ditch between the embroidered centre and the borders.




I've used lazy daisy stitch for the flower petals and the leaves but you could also backstitch them if you like. The flower centres are made with a colonial knot. 
The D itself is a mix of chain stitch and backstitch, as are all the alphabet letters in this stitch-a-long.

And now the 'E' pincushion...



Can you guess who I gave this one to? 
Perhaps you do not know but my sweet Blossom's 'real' name is Elizabeth and this very tiny pincushion now sits on her ironing board for it is perfect for holding little pins as she presses seams and sews fabric together when making outfits for her little girls.

'E' was stitched onto white linen and I trimmed the block to 4¼" before adding flying geese style corners all around. You could cut the corner squares any size you like for this effect and then trim the excess if they're too large, but mine were 2" squares. 




The "D" and "E" patterns were free until October 5th.

If you'd like the set of patterns for A - E they are now in my shop as a $2 purchase.

Hope you have fun with these two newbies! Your basket of pincushions will be filling now and soon there will always be a sweet gift to give friends who stitch or post off in swaps, or simply to use yourself as the mood strikes if you're making them all in different fabrics and styles. 

The five patterns shared so far are only free to download until October 5th.




So that you don't miss any of the free patterns for this 26 week stitch-a-long sign up to my free newsletter. It arrives knocking at the door of your email inbox each Friday, though I shall skip next week due to our move.  



Now I'd best get back to packing these final boxes, hanging the last of our washing on the line, and gathering all the pot plants together. Then it will be time to visit my dear Blossom and her girls for a much needed cuppa and lots of warm and cuddly 'huggles' before I meet Mr E in town to collect the keys to our new home. 

I think we're having Thai takeaway sitting on the floor in the empty house tonight...how very special that will be.

God bless you and keep you,
May His favour be upon you,
May His arms hold you close to His heart,
And may you never, ever doubt His eternal love for you.

hugs
PS: If you need anything else to stitch while I'm on leave from blogging have a wander through my shop over here...there are lots of lovely freebies that may tickle your fancy, but I'd best let you know that in October I'll be updating the shop and removing quite a few older patterns. Another fresh start. xx



28 comments:

  1. Thank you SO much for the patterns! And also for the heads up about them coming down soon! May God bless you in your move and settling into your new home. You share so much happiness with others, may even just a portion of those blessings come back to you and carry you through the busy days ahead!

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  2. Thank you for the patterns! May your home be blessed and full of happiness!

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  3. Many blessings on your new home. I look forward to pictures as you decorate the rooms with your beautiful handwork. I would love to find some of the cute pins you have in the pincushion pictures.

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  4. I think, looking at the time, that as I write this you are a home owner! 😊 😊 You have no idea how happy I am for you both to finally reach this place in your lives together. I’m sure you will make it your peaceful sanctuary. Enjoy that very special first meal in your new home tonight. BTW, your latest pincushions are too cute. I remember getting my first little sewing basket when I was little. It was such a special thing to have my very own kit.

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  5. The impending move is making even me feel excited for you! Can hardly wait for the pictures.

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  6. Thank you so much Jenny.Wishing you much happiness in your new home.

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  7. I'm so happy for you!! Praying for a smooth transition into your forever home. I love these alphabet letters too... you are the sweetest!

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  8. This move will be exhausting and I pray for your health and safety. Then a lifetime of wonderful memories for you and Mr. E and your entire family as you Live the Dream! Thank you dear for these precious designs and your generosity from your heart and soul. Blessings...<3

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  9. Jenny, your words about walking through your house made me tear up with joy for you. A home with Christ in it is the very best kind. He has prepared a place for you, even as he promised, here and beyond this life, too.

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  10. So so happy for you Jenny. Love and hugs. xx

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  11. So, so excited for you and Mr E!!!! God has gone before you and led you to this home. I know He will bless you and use you to bless others. Enjoy the process of making this house “home!”

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  12. When we closed on our second and our forever home here on earth it was Jim's birthday. I had ordered an ice cream cake from a store close by that makes their ice cream on premises that Jim especially liked. We had that for dinner sitting on our hearth in our empty house. We talked of where we put pieces of furniture. We looked forward to the future and had a wonderful evening. I am praying that the two of you will have such an evening. It is just fantastic to experience your home in it's bare self. This is probably the only time you will have to do so. Soak up what God has ready for you.

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  13. So happy that you have found your home and are moving in soon. Take care not to overdo things and exhaust yourselves. It's your home and you can take as much time as you need to put things the way you like them. I look forward to seeing pictures when you are ready to show us. I am very excited for you and Mr E.

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  14. I am very happy for you, many blessings in this new beginning for you and your husband !! karin

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  15. I am so happy everything is finally working out for you!! Now you will have only good stress as you go about decorating your home and making it yours. Thank you for the pin cushion patterns.

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  16. Congratulations on your new house! Hope the move goes well and your house remains comforting and trouble free for many years to come.

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  17. How wonderful that your ownership day has finally arrived. May you find joy and contentment in your new home. Thanks again for the lovely alphabet patterns; I look forward to them every Friday.

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  18. Dearest Jenny, I am so happy and excited for you,was thinking of you this morning while doing my domestic bits and praying that all goes (or went) well, not sure of the time difference! Anyway all the best and I am sure you will enjoy the unpacking knowing that this will be the last time you have to do it. Can't wait to see the pictures of your beautiful forever home. Love and blessings to you both xx

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  19. Thinking of you today although you probably won't see this comment lol. Beautiful pinnies again. Hugs xx

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  20. Jenny, the last comment is from me, Ondrea. Using hubby's tablet. Sorry,

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  21. Love the little pincushions, Jenny. You've given me an idea for a lovely gift for a friend who likes to sew. Meg:)

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  22. Thank you - all the best for the move.

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  23. Dearest Jenny, have followed you for so long and listened to you longing for a home of your own. IT IS HERE!!! It is amazing the joy you have filled many hearts with knowing you found your forever home. So many have prayed for this time to come. Bless you and Mr E. for your patience and resting your faith in our Lord. We are all totally overjoyed for you. Please, post photos and go slowly enjoying the moments of this place of faith, and love. Oh and love that take-out meal (the first) in your new home. HOME.....AHHHHHH DIANNE IN TEXAS USA

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  24. So happy for you and Mr.E ! I wish you all the best in your new home. Kathy in Connecticut USA

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  25. I know how excited you must be to be settled in your forever home. Congratulations but I don't envy the work ahead of you. I'll be there in about 2 months our home should be finished. Those pincushions are adorable but I would like to know if you made all the pins in them. Especially the one with beads?

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  26. Hi Jenny, I'm sure you are excited and exhausted at the same time. I hope you are able to take breaks during this life changing move. I was checking in on Instagram but now it isn't working. When I click on it this is the message I get----Sorry, this page isn't available.
    The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed. Go back to Instagram.--- I can't remember your Instagram user name so I will have to wait until you can post on here. Take care.

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  27. Love these dear heart, get some rest as you can - praying so hard for you both!!!

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