Friday, June 2, 2023

Block 9 Virtuous Wife free BOM...


Today I have the free pattern for block 9 of our Virtuous Wife quilt project to share with you. 

Proverbs 31:22

“She makes coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.”

This verse describes another aspect of the wifely duties of our Proverbs 31 woman, how she chooses to make clothing and coverings from the best materials she could afford. The further we get into Proverbs 31 through this study, the more we grasp just how many necessary skills our woman has gained and put into practice as she goes about her business, day by day caring for her home and family.

In a time when the ordinary family had only a few items of clothing, this wife put great thought and effort into what was made, for indeed, most clothing was made at home by women. Today we can drop into the store to buy a new dress, or a warm cardigan, and wear it that very day…but to hand sew items (and often weave the cloth as well) for every family member, well, that’s a commitment, and a skill, rarely seen anymore.

I do not make my own clothes, though I did sew and knit for all my children when they were young. I learned to sew on a machine when I was in high school, and enjoyed sewing dresses and nightgowns for my girls, and dungarees and overalls for my boys. Knitting was my real love though. As soon as I discovered my first child was on the way, it was to balls of yarn, pattern books and tortoiseshell needles that I turned. I did most of this out of delight rather than necessity, but I’m happy to have learned those skills because should a time arise when choice turns to true need, I can make essential items to cover us.

Making and creating for ourselves, our family and our home, is etched upon our hearts I do believe; it is a God-given desire to nurture, nourish and protect. Making isn’t just sewing and knitting though. Making a home is by far the greater skill, and when attended to with care your home becomes a different type of covering. It is -

·        a sanctuary where those within feel safe and secure in familiar surroundings;

·        the door where open arms are the first port of call for a loved one in need of comfort or a welcome home embrace;

·        the table where a lovingly prepared meal becomes another way to say I love you, for food can truly be the way to someone’s heart;

·        a place where the example of Christ is taught in how we speak, how we act, what we believe and what we turn away from.

·        an escape from the world’s chaos, where we can talk from the heart and be heard, and in turn we can be quiet and listen.

·        a place where we are loved for who we are.

Home is a God-gifted ‘covering’ for His people, and we should be mindful of just how precious a gift that is for ourselves, and all those in our care. 

At age 64 I'm still honing my homemaker heart in thought, attitude, humility and action, and I daresay shall continue in learning mode until my eyes close on this earthly life - but that's exactly what God wants of me, and of you...that the things of this world will increasingly grow strangely dim, the longer we set our desires to living our lives to His glory, in our hearts and in our homes. 

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Anonymous said...

A beautiful post Jennifer- your thoughts about your continuing journey.

Elizabeth Bailey-Mitchell said...

I appreciate the grace of "catching up" with your current BOM, The Virtuous Wife. Back in March things got busy (we are moving in June) and I dropped some things. I am so grateful that you post a way to "catch up" with the blocks, and your study. Both are a balm to my heart. Thankyou!

Mishpacha said...

Thank you for yet again a lovely newsletter and block. I look forward to making them once the children are older.

Susan said...

I hope I never stop learning! Thanks for your thoughts about this. I have sewing skills, too, and plenty of fabric to make patchwork clothing, at the very least. I'm not as talented as the Proverbs 31 woman, but my family would be clothed ... hopefully warm, too!

Bless you, Jennifer, for all the blessings you share with us.

Joanne said...

Hi Jennifer,
At the funeral service at the church for a friend last Friday there was a part that would describe our friend as the Virtuous wife. She was always listening while seving coffee and cake being a great host while clothing her friends and family and making those feel welcome at the church.
Thank you for putting all these Virtuos Wife blocks together.
hugs, take care,

Ingrid said...

Gracias por compartirnos tantas cosas lindas. Cuando sea grande, quiero bordar tan bonito como bordas tú.
PD: Ya tengo 60 años. Creo que tengo que apurarme en practicar jajaja

Ingrid said...

Leyendo el post hay algo que llamó mucho mi atención. Soy tu seguidora desde hace muchos años atrás y para mi siempre has sido un ejemplo de entrega, dedicación e inspiración como mamá, esposa y ama de casa. Y leerte diciendo que todavía te estás perfeccionando, me genera una mayor admiración. Recibe un fuerte abrazo, querida Jennifer.

Carla said...

I love reading you beautiful blog posts. And I love block 9.
Have a wonderful day.

Tammy said...

Dearest Jennifer, Thank you for a beautiful post and another beautiful proverbs block pattern as well. I am so happy to hear that your hand is healing from the terrible burn you had. It is turning into summertime here. It has been very dry. I have to water the gardens ever couple days and my potted herbs daily. I have been very busy of late here at home. As I do all of the gardening and almost all of the house work and cooking. I need a a days rest for several days but i will not begetting it . As I have lots to do this week and the next several we all have quiet a few apointmets . Take care my sweet friend.

Carol Otter said...

Sorry to hear what you have been going through and hope you are doing much better. A few years ago I burned me hand with boiling water and went to emergence. I know how painful that is. Thank you for all you do for us.

Anonymous said...

Aunty Jennifer, these designs are so beautiful, every one of them. I am looking forward to stitching them one day. I have decided to make three quilts. One for me and one for each of my daughters for their glory box/hope chest. I still have quite a few years to work on them thankfully! Bless you for once again freely sharing the beauty and inspiration God has given you. Love Emily xox