count it all joy ~

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morning glories ~

i love how this turned out, and i can’t wait to make more! many of you know know how much i enjoy exploring the written and quilted letter ~ this project was no exception.  

a very plain turquoise, but absolutely drop-dead gorgeous hand dyed becomes the canvas for the quilting, with the words done in a golden yellow magnifico thread, red daisies, and purple ribbon accents and centers.  finished with my signature stitching style of binding finish, with metallic thread in golden yellow to bring out the major theme of the piece, couched into the binding with the bernina #39 foot.

i will tell you the real key to writing, quilting style:


and i’ve done it enough so that i share this tip, also.  you must know how to stitch the words and letters backwards, as well.

i go forward, and when each phrase/word is finished, i repeat going in a backwards direction.  that’s it.

and it helps tremendously to do it ~ practice it ~ on paper until you are comfortable with the process.

and of course, it’s very important that you are very comfortable with free motion by the time you progress to letters.  {in my opinion}.  at least ~ that’s my story of how it progressed for me, personally.

 and a little change up in pattern, for the reverse side:

every stitch.  
{even the “unstitching”} 
is counting it all joy!

{that’s the real joy}.  even when you fail, 
struggle, or muddle through… count it all joy!
in life, and in quilting.
james 1:2 “my brothers {and sisters}.. count it all joy when you fall into various trials… “
soli deo gloria.

Comments 6

  1. Beautiful! Thanks for the advice. It comes at a perfect time for me as I have been struggling and practicing.

  2. Great advice as always! One day I'll have time to sit and practice this art. I'm counting on it!

    P.S. Your Montana photos took my breath away.

  3. Gorgeous! This morning my devotion was 7 Sources of Joy. The scripture was 2 Cor 7:4 – In all our affliction, "I am overflowing with joy". This can be a very hard lesson at times, as we experience heartache and disappointment. But I rejoice in remembering and knowing that our GOD is ever faithful.

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