Here you are lovely friends, the first two blocks in my free Christmas 2020 stitch-along JOY TO THE WORLD!
I pieced it all together on Tuesday, hand quilted on Wednesday and Thursday, then added the pretty red and pink floral binding this morning (Friday). My fingers look like a sieve because I couldn't find my quilting thimble, but then yesterday afternoon, concerned about getting blood on the quilt, I wrapped three Bandaids around my middle finger and ploughed on until it was done.
I do love a nice stretch of hand quilting but admit without my trusty thimble a bit of pain was felt this time. Still, I'm very content now that it's complete, quite joyful in fact and excited to hang this Nativity story on the living room wall because I'll use it to share the story of sweet Jesus' birth to Cully May and Rafaella.
I thought I'd share the blocks in order of events, beginning with the angel Gabriel's appearance to Mary with the news of God's plan to bring His Son into the world through her virgin womb...
...and then the beauty of this gentle mother heavy with child, still in awe of conceiving this precious gift whilst yet untouched by her husband.
I had morning tea with Blossom, Ross and their girls today. Bloss's own weary and heavily pregnant body made thoughts of those final weeks of Mary's pregnancy very pronounced in my mind. Did her feet swell too? Did she find it difficult to move around, were her nights sleepless?
I wonder how this young handmaiden of the Lord prepared to bring her promised Son into the world, and did anxiety creep in when the first signs of labour began unexpectedly so far from home?
Genesis 4:1 tells us that God helped deliver Eve's first son, so I can't help but think He was right there helping, though unseen, to deliver our Messiah as well.
One thing sweet Blossom prays is that the Lord will be with her, assisting, when the time comes for her little boy to enter the world.
Just as God was there for Eve, just as He was surely there with Mary, so He is with you dear one...through all your joys and all your trials, in sorrow and celebration, HE IS THERE.
I love Psalm 139:5 - "You hem me in, behind and before, and lay Your hand upon me."
Isn't that beautiful?!
I hope you'll be stitching along through November with me. You can download the pattern for blocks 1 and 2 using the link below -
After the weekend I'll give you a view of our almost-Summer garden plus share a couple of recipes which will kick off a Recipe Book project we can work on over the next year.
Bless you heaps,