Don't we all want our homes to be blessed? When you have lived in as many homes as we have over almost 30 years of marriage (twenty two homes, no joke) and all but the last home was a rental, you get used to praying a blessing over the new dwelling and sometimes that blessing is prayed multiple times during your residency.
In September 2018 we bought our first home, bringing an end to the cross-country rental living we'd known for so long. It felt so different, and even today I find it hard to describe, but there was an even greater sense within our hearts to walk the boundary line day after day during those first weeks, praying for the blessing of God and a cleansing of the land on which we now lived.
But then I realised how important it was to be a physical part of the blessing, as well.
Every day when I tend my home, I bless it. Every meal made with love and eaten beside my husband, is a blessing in our home. Every new garden bed, every tree or flower or vegetable planted, is part of how we bless this house. Every time I scrub the shower, sweep the floors, wash the windows, hang fresh curtains...I bless our home. Every hour spent tending this quarter acre on the outskirts of town, is another hour of blessing.
Since we moved into our house almost three years ago, I've come to understand that when I ask the Father to bless our home, He expects me to be a tangible, practical part of the blessing too, and it's another reason why my heart has been drawn into a deeper love for homemaking, and why I love to encourage your homemaker heart as well.
I first created the "Bless Our Home" pattern in 2017 and later on gifted it as a tiny wall hanging to a friend. Last week I saw a lady on Instagram (Yvonne) had stitched my design and it reminded me to make it again, but this time for my own home. I don't know why I'd not done so sooner, but then again, this was probably the 'right time' because now it means so much more than it did in 2017.
So, if you'd like to make your own, use the link below to download the pattern.
In the pattern you'll see that I drew a 5.5" square and turned it on-point before tracing the stitchery design onto the centre. I've cut out further than the traced line for the photo below so that you can see what I'm talking about...
Then I added a 1.75" wide border all around...
...and then a 1.5" wide green border, before fusing a square of scrap Pellon behind the block.
I love to hand quilt small projects and used three different Perle 12 threads to stitch inside the borders.