Monday, November 18, 2019

Block One - Words of Life free stitchalong...

As I told you the other day we're starting a new stitch-along this week. 
It's fairly simple, perfect for stitching and quilting newbies, and will run for two weeks.

I'll be sharing one free stitchery block each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from today November 18th, through to Friday November 29th.

Five of the six embroidered designs were originally shared back in 2015 when I hosted a stitch-along to make a Christmas wreath and the assembly instructions for that project are still on my blog so if you'd rather finish these blocks as a wreath instead of the table runner we're making this time just go HERE to see the steps. 

For the "Words of Life" table runner stitch-along I have omitted the Merry block from the original wreath set and created a new design, HOPE, because I find myself less inclined to decorate for Christmas and more inclined to display Christ-inspired stitcheries and projects permanently through our home. Jesus isn't a once a year celebration for us, He is our purpose and joy in each new day and every day with Him is a blessing. There's no day greater than another when you walk with Jesus and isn't that simply remarkable to think about?

Today we shall begin this project by stitching HOPE. 
Hope is something all believers have, a sure and true knowing in our hearts that Jesus is all He says He is, and will do all He has promised. 

Just today our sweet Blossom called and encouraged me with Scriptures of hope, one after the other, and my heart soared with delight, for when we hear the word of God it has power to lift as nothing else can.

But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

(Isaiah 40:31)

The updated set of words we'll be stitching include little pops of applique, because you must know by now that they're almost a signature piece of most Elefantz designs. I love choosing the right fabric for each tiny shape, but if you're not confident adding applique then don't. Simply embroider each word and shape in backstitch as I did back in 2015 with the wreath project.
Work to your comfort level because if you find even a small part of this pattern frustrating or stressful then the delight will soon evaporate, and I would dearly love for you to enjoy every stitch.

Here's the completed "Words of Life" table runner.
Finished, it measures 14" x 30".

I'll share the final assembly instructions on November 29th with the final stitchery block.

Gather your fabrics first before choosing your embroidery threads. In the HOPE pattern I've included the list of threads used in my blocks just in case you have some of the older Tilda prints that I've used to complete my pattern.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, 
plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

I'll keep this project as a permanent freebie and will add a link in my sidebar for future reference.

Tomorrow Blossom, Cully May and Rafaella are coming to visit and we're planning a tea party with some rather cute vintage melamine cups I found at a garage sale recently. Bloss is making red velvet cup cakes and I have a pineapple fruit cake and some tiny toddler-size crackers to serve with cheese so I think we'll be feasting well!

May the HOPE of Christ fill your heart and mind today, drawing you closer to Him and more 'hopeful' for what is yet to come as we follow His word.



  1. THanks Jenny!
    Seeing the dates written two weeks November will be over ! I will be doing this in Winter fabrics. Now I can go choose the threads :)
    Melamine is popping up here too! Sounds like a very tasty and fun afternoon :)

  2. Your runner is so pretty Jenny. I shall collect the embroideries but have no time to join in at the moment. But as you say it is suitable for any time of the year. Thank you. xx

  3. Thank you so very much for the beautiful embroidery design!

  4. This is gorgeous! I'm so glad it will be available for awhile as I am travelling and unable to download. I really enjoy your designs. Thank you!

  5. Beautiful table runner with these special embroidered Words. Hoping I can stitch along. Thank you, Jenny!

  6. Hello, I'm your fan. I love your works, they are of an endless delicacy!💕

  7. This is sooooo beautiful! Thank you sooooo much!

  8. Lovely table runner. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your beautiful designs. I am off to select fabric from my stash! Pam

  9. Wow what a gift! ♡ We've been redoing a bedroom turned computer room now being turned back into a bedroom and I need a table runner for my vintage dresser - this is just perfect!!!! ♡ Sadly, this new venture plus getting Christmas shopping and just life in general has prevented me from getting "fun" stitching done. Will save till after the Holidays. Bless you Jenny for sharing His love! Kathy xxx

  10. Jenny-girl this is just gorgeous!! Thank you! Sounds like you're going to have a lovely day with the girls - melamine is perfect for little ones, I used to have tons of it, takes me right back to the 50's!

  11. Jenny, thank you for the lovely designs. I had a question. The adorable little cloth appliques that you put in your designs - are the edges turned over or are they raw edges with your hand stitching over them. I am amazed at the tiny bits of fabric that you add. They are lovely additions to your beautiful designs.

    1. Martha, I'll do a little tutorial later this week on that, but yes, they are raw edge.

  12. Thank you! I look forward to your postings.

  13. Here's one from my Hebrews study last week, one I love. Hebrews 6:19- Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; . The idea that hope of my Savior is the anchor of my soul, and continues from this life on into eternity - that's a wonderful hope. It's where Paul is talking about God being willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel. Being an heir of promise is another wonderful blessing, isn't it? We could talk about this all day, couldn't we? =) Thanks for redoing this pattern. The timing is just perfect, and I like the table runner, and your idea that it isn't just a Christmas thing, but our daily walk with God and our Savior.

  14. A tea party sounds like so much fun-enjoy. Thank you for the lovely designs. I must have started following you after the wreath project because I can't find the patterns in my documents and don't remember it. Although I may have lost them when my old computer crashed too. I think the wreath is gorgeous because I love Hexies but also love a simple table runner-I may have to make both. Have a lovely day

  15. Thank you so much. This is beautiful!

  16. Thank you for the lovely table runner. Enjoy your day with Blossom and your granddaughters!

  17. Thankyou for this beautiful tablerunner

  18. Jenny - I love you. Happy Teapartying.

  19. Thank you Jenny. How beautiful this is....Enjoy your wonderful tea party tomorrow with the girls...I know you all will enjoy every single moment of it.... Wish I could join your tea party..What fun it will be...Hopefully one day I will get to enjoy a tea party when my daughter finishes college and marries and has children. What fun that will be...Hugs and prayers for you my friend

  20. What a lovely post. You always come up with inspirational words and beautiful designs.

    Hope you have had a wonderful day with your girls. Gid bless.

  21. So cute runner and love your fabric combo.Thanks for the patterns!

  22. Thank you Jenny for the lovely stitchery. My husband and I haven't "decorated" for Christmas in many years. Last year I didn't even get the nativity set out. We prefer to dwell on the real meaning of Christmas.

  23. Thanks Jenny,I am reading along ,but not sewingxx


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