January 16, 2018

Divided Quilt Pattern Release

I am pleased to release my Divided quilt pattern today! It is made with one simple, machine appliqued, orange peel block and finishes at 52" x 70", perfect for snuggling on the couch with a good book or movie.

This design was inspired by the shirt a man wore to church one Sunday morning, which proves that quilting inspiration really is everywhere!
Divided Quilt Pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I had a lot of fun making this quilt, even though I made it in only 9 days while also working full time. The power of deadlines, lol 😊 I made it with Me + You fabrics from their Indah batiks and solids and I really love the feel of the fabrics. Plus, since it's lightly quilted (that deadline was looming!), it stayed super soft and drapey.
Divided quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Divided quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Divided quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Divided was first published in Quilty magazine and the editors wanted to see it with different colours for the stripe, so I thought I'd share them here too. I have to admit, I wasn't sold on the black when that was what they chose. I thought it looked a little bland without the pop of a bright colour in the stripe. In the end, though, I really love the elegant look of the black 😊
Divided quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Divided quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Divided quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

You can get your copy of Divided in my Payhip shop or my Etsy shop.

Tell me, what colours would you use for the quilt? Would you go with a bright, contrasting, pop of colour for the stripe?

Get your copy of Divided

January 15, 2018

Piled Up

Devotion for the Week...

This time of year in Newfoundland usually requires a lot of snow clearing. We shovel our driveway rather than using a snowblower and the sides of the driveway can really pile up high if we get a lot of snow. Years ago, Paul taught me that it's important to throw the snow as far as you can at the start of the winter, rather than just dumping it at the side of the driveway, because if you throw it then the pile starts farther back, giving you more room for the snow that will come later in the year. Even with that, though, there are years when by spring everyone is saying "there's nowhere to put more snow!"

Sometimes we've been blessed by a snowplow driver who would take the snow at one side of our driveway and push it farther into our yard, giving us more room. What a huge difference that makes!

I remember being out one day, though, when a plow drove by as I was shoveling. The driver stopped and said he would help, but there was no where even for him to put the snow. The pile was already so big, and had been pushed back so many times, the plow just wouldn't be able to push it back any farther.

Now that's a lot of snow!

We were out shoveling a few days ago and Zach was just dumping the snow by the side of the driveway, so I told him to throw it back and explained why. After, I kept thinking about the pile of snow and how it's harder to deal with as it gets bigger. It made me think of people who think their pile of sin is too big for God to deal with.

Thankfully, God is more powerful than I am, and even more powerful than a snowplow. There is no pile of sin so big He can't remove it. Paul wrote, "But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 5:20,21).

No matter how big the pile of sin in a person's life, the power of God's grace will always be enough to remove it!
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Those who don't yet know Jesus as Savior may think their sin is too big for God to deal with, especially if they have done a lot of wrong in their lives. It is wonderful to be able to say that, no matter what you have done in the past, when you come to God asking for forgiveness, He gladly removes that whole pile of sin. Not only that, but all of heaven celebrates it! Luke 15:10 says, "In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

But it's not only those who aren't believers who think their sin is too big for God. Sometimes believers do something that is so wrong they feel like they can't ever be forgiven for it. Thankfully, that isn't true. No matter what we do, God is always willing to forgive us when we ask Him to. 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

He will purify us from all unrighteousness. No matter what the sin is, or how much the sin has piled up, He will forgive us and purify us.

Isn't that a wonderful thought?

January 08, 2018

The Something for Everyone Pattern Bundle

Today is our first day back to work after having two weeks off for the holidays. I haven't at all been looking forward to needing to set the alarm again, so I decided to make this week a lot more fun by creating a new pattern bundle.

Introducing the Something for Everyone pattern bundle!
Something for Everyone quilt pattern bundle | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
This pattern bundle includes 5 of my favourite patterns: Love Birds, Mix it Up!, Flower Box, Rainbow Ripple and Friendship Galaxy. Friendship Galaxy includes 4 sizes/layouts for a total of 9 possible quilts!

The bundle is available this week only (through Thursday) for the introductory price of only $25 😊

With this bundle you'll have patterns for mini quits (4!), baby quilts, a throw and a full size bed quilt. Two patterns use machine applique, while all the others are made with traditional piecing. Having 9 different patterns means you can spend less time browsing online for the perfect pattern and more time making. And that means you'll get to make more quilts!

Get your copy of the Something for Everyone pattern bundle


Which one will you make first?



January 07, 2018

Reflection

Devotion for the Week...

One day last week we went out of town for the day and drove back home after dark. It was a beautiful, clear night and we drove for hours in the dark, mostly with nothing but trees on either side of the road.

The moon was two days past full, huge in the sky and incredibly bright. Hills far off in the distance, that would normally be hidden by the darkness, were clearly outlined against the brightness in the sky. The moonlight illuminated clearings and made trees cast shadows across frozen ponds.

As we drove I couldn't help but be amazed at the fact that the moon produces no light. There we were, driving through a night much brighter than normal, with the moon glowing in the sky, and yet the moon cannot produce light at all.

All that light? It was actually coming from the sun.

Obviously, I knew this already, just like you do. But as I looked at the shadows cast by the trees, it seemed amazing that all the moon can do is reflect the light from another source. And that made me think of us.

Jesus said, "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:14-16).

You are the light of the world. How is that possible? How can we possibly be the light of the world when we are simply human, the same as all the people around us?

The answer lies in something else Jesus said. "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life'" (John 8:12).

Jesus is the light of the world. It is His light that illuminates the darkness.

We are like the moon. We can't produce light on our own, but we can reflect the light that comes from another source, and so we reflect the light of Jesus into the world around us.

This is no small thing! Jesus is not here, physically, to shine light into this dark world of sin, but because we can reflect His light, there is light in the darkness.  When surrounded by darkness, light draws attention.
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In the same way, when surrounded by sin, Christians draw attention. Our task then is to make it plain that the light doesn't come from us. When we point others towards Jesus, the source of our light, then we make it possible for them to move out of darkness too.

And the more of us reflecting His light, the brighter the light will be in the world.

January 05, 2018

Scraps Squared in Make Modern

I love the days when I get to share secret sewing projects! My Scraps Squared quilt is in the latest issue of Make Modern magazine (issue 20), which is now available 😊
Scraps Squared Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I had been making scrappy, colour coordinated 4 patch blocks for years as my leaders and enders project. I have a few hundred of them, but I wasn't quite sure what to do with them, lol. So, as part of the 30 Quilt Designs challenge in early 2017, I designed a quilt around those 4 patch blocks.
Scraps Squared Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I have always loved bright colours against solid black, but the design seemed like it needed a little something more, so I added some medium grey and changed those blocks to feature 2 1/2" squares (I've been cutting those from my scraps for a while, so I have a nice collection of them, too).
Scraps Squared Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
With my 4 patches already made and the 2 1/2" squares already cut, the quilt top came together really quickly. If you want to make this one, and you're not in a hurry, I'd definitely recommend making the 4 patches as leaders and enders. It makes sewing all of them feel painless and then the rest of the top is a breeze.

I had a little hiccup with the quilting design I chose, which you can read about here. I ended up loving this square meander, though, so it all worked well in the end 😊 I also mused about quilting this quilt in this post about imperfections.
Scraps Squared Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I quilted the black with Aurifil 2692 and the  grey with 2610. All while I was quilting the background, I debated what to do with the 4 patches and 2 1/2" squares. I was inclined to leave them unquilted, but I wasn't sure. I polled IG and FB, where the vote was evenly split between quilting them and leaving them as they were, so I took the easy way out and left them. I really do love how they pop against the heavily quilted background!
Scraps Squared Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
The backing is a gorgeous Northcott print, from their Sandscapes line. Seriously, I wish I had this is every colour available!
Scraps Squared Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Scraps Squared Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Issue 20 of Make Modern is available now. Click here to get your copy 😊 Use the coupon code MM20for6 to get the issue for $6 AUD (the coupon code is good until January 7th).

If you make Scraps Squared, I'd love to see it, so be sure to tag me on IG (@devotedquilter) or on FB (@devotedquilterdesigns).

I still have hundreds of 4 patch blocks, and I'm curious to see how different this design would look with a different background, so I'm considering making another version soon. I just have to decide what colours to use for the background, lol. I've thought about white and a light grey, two shades of blue, two shades of green, grey and teal...I just can't make up my mind! What background colours would you suggest I try?

I have two more quilts scheduled to be in Make Modern in 2018, and both of them are designs from the same 30 Quilt Designs challenge. There are several more I want to make from that challenge, and some still from the first challenge in 2016 too. I know one thing for sure - I'm never going to be bored!


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January 01, 2018

Monuments

Devotion for the Week...

Happy New Year!

This time of year certainly encourages looking back, doesn't it? Not only is the year coming to a close, but also the decorations and traditions of the Christmas season evoke remembrances of years gone by.

I find it happens especially when we decorate our Christmas tree. Since I make special ornaments for the boys each year (see this year's ornaments here), there are a lot of weird things on our tree. Nathan especially, will ask things like, "Why did Zach get a spider ornament?" Because he was really into insects that year. "Why is my first ornament a worm in an apple?" Because you were the squirmiest worm of a baby I have ever seen. And, "Why does Aiden have a black ship?" Because he was fascinated by pirates that year.

It's fun to look back and remember what the boys were like when they were smaller. The ornaments serve as monuments, to help keep those memories in our minds so we don't forget the things they were so fascinated by. I love that every year, as we decorate the tree, we go over the reason for each of the ornaments again.

Did you know God gave the Isrealites instructions for building a monument to help them remember something? It's recorded in Joshua, chapter 4. The Isrealites were entering the Promised Land and the first thing they had to do was cross the Jordan river. God told Joshua to send the priests into the river first, carrying the ark of the covenant, and when the priests were in the river, God stopped the flow of water so the whole nation could walk across on dry ground.

"When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, 'Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.'" (Joshua 4:1-3).

Why?

"In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever" (vv 6,7).

God knew that they would need reminders of the things He had done for them so He encouraged the Isrealites to make one, a very obvious and hard to miss physical reminder. It was one that would make people ask questions, giving the Isrealites a chance to tell the story again, which would serve both to let others know what had happened and to remind those who had been there.

Our memories aren't any better than those of the Isrealites. As time passes, it's not unusual for us to forget what God has done for us. Even the things that were spectacular when they happened can slip our minds at times.

It's a great idea, then, to make ourselves physical reminders of what He has done for us. While we probably aren't going to pile up big boulders on our front lawns, there are lots of ways we can link an object to memories.
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Some ideas include a piece of jewelry with a special stone or symbol; a piece of wall art featuring a favourite Bible verse; a photograph of a place or a person; a quilt, a tattoo, a special plate or a specific recipe, a stuffed animal...the list could go on and on.

Whatever will make you think of what God has done for you in the past will work. It's even better if it will also sometimes cause other people to ask "Does this have special meaning?"

God has done so much for us. Monuments help us remember.
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