Praise !

"NOW THANKS BE UNTO GOD, WHICH ALWAYS CAUSETH US TO TRIUMPH IN CHRIST !"

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear....Psalm 27 1-3
Psalm 31: 7, 8
I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy; for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; thou hast set my feet in a large room.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Edited with measurements--Been doin' a little bit of sewing.........


........I finished the borders that I crazy-pieced the other day, and they came out just like I had hoped !

  The idea for the project actually began in a Wednesday night Bible study a few weeks ago.   My brother, John, was teaching, and he asked how many of us had the ten commandments displayed in our home.   I initially responded that I did, but then realized that it is the Lord's Prayer that I have on the wall.
It turned out such a nice size for the quilt rack.

  He poignantly pointed out that, since the commandments are being removed from most public places, our kids and grandkids just don't see them if they don't see them in our homes.  So, from that moment on, I kept thinking that I could make a little wall quilt with the commandments.  It took me a while to be brave enough to attempt fitting them all onto a piece of white background fabric, fearing that I would run out of room, or not balance it all well.

It turns out that spacing wasn't a problem, but I did go a little wacko.   I wound up mixing new and old language together, using the word 'you' some places, and then 'thy' in the same commandment.  I may make another attempt at this some time correcting that, plus the 'You shall not covet' command........since it should be elaborated on to say 'your neighbor's wife, goods, etc.'.   After all, we ARE told to covet the greater gifts !

Oh, well,..........this one will do for now, I think, and it is a very good daily reminder.   I know that Jesus said that all the commandments are summed up in two........Love the Lord thy God, and Love thy neighbor as thyself; but I feel that it doesn't hurt to see just WHAT other things that covers !

I've hesitated sharing the photo, because this has felt like a very personal project to me, but I think that it would be wonderful if others felt led to display the commandments in their homes too, in whatever format they desired, so I'm sharing this with you friends.

I've had a request for measurements, so although I've given them in the reply, I'll add them here for those who don't read the comments.........

 The overall size of this quilty is about 22 x 29 1/2 inches.
  I measured the finished white area, and it is now about 15 1/2 x 23 inches. I spaced the lettering in lines 1 inch apart, drawing the lines lightly with pencil. I also drew a line down the center to divide the two halves, and lines 1 inch in from left and right sides to keep from lettering too close to the borders. I started with an oversized piece of background and then trimmed it down when finished writing.  I used a permanent fine-line Sharpie pen, going over each letter an extra time.

For the borders I cut thin fabric at 3 1/2 inches wide x more than the length needed, did my crazy-piecing on them oversized a bit, and then trimmed them to 3 1/2 inches when finished piecing.

8 comments:

  1. I like it! What a great idea and a lovely quilt. Those scrappy borders are cute as can be!

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  2. Your ten commandents wall hanging is beautiful and impressive. We need more heart-attitudes like this. We have had the Ten Commandments displayed in our yard along with many others around here due to a public challenge. ~~ I love your header quilt picture, its amazingly beautiful! And...I too love lilacs. We planted them all down our driveway and they grew to be about ...8 feet tall or so. I never thought they would grow like that. I hope its a good year for the blooms. I also love my pussywillow tree. Hopefully it will 'bloom' in time for Easter. I like to hang colored eggs from pussywillow branches, it looks so nice.

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  3. God bless you, Dolly! He gave you a wonderful gift - to quilt - and you are using it to His Glory. PS. Love the brightly pieced border!

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  4. Hi there
    After knitting lots of fingerless knits from a pattern you posted in 2008 I have made a couple of designs myself - using your pattern as the basis.
    You can find them on Ravelry - free download -
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/birdies-mitts
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bonnie-jean-mitts
    or check them out on http://shoeboxsally.blogspot.com
    I can email you the pdf's if you like
    My email is: juliadaviesnz@me.com
    Kind regards - Julia Davies
    ps I love all your quilts - they are works of art

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  5. I really L.O.V.E. your project, Dolly! I have strong feelings regarding God's Word being posted on the walls, it is practicing Deuteronomy 6, after all! I have The Ten Commandments posted in my classroom, and before my second graders leave my class each year, they are taught all 10 in lessons, and have them committed to memory. I'm glad you shared this little project, it is inspiring and very dear to my heart ~
    :-}pokey

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  6. That is a very good idea! I think I will make one for my house. I know you don't generally reply to comments, but could you let us know what the dimensions are of the white area and then the border? Also, I so enjoy the pictures of your cat--so pretty! What kind of cat is it?
    Susan

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    1. I'll be happy to reply ! I just measured the finished white area, and it is now 15 1/2 x 23 inches. I spaced the lettering in lines 1 inch apart, drawing the lines lightly with pencil. I also drew a line down the center to divide the two halves, and lines 1 inch in from left and right sides to keep from lettering too close to the borders. I started with an oversized piece of background and then trimmed it down when finished writing.

      For the borders I cut thin fabric at 3 1/2 inches wide x more than the length needed, did my crazy-piecing on them oversized a bit, and then trimmed them to 3 1/2 inches when finished piecing.

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  7. Absolutely love this, Dolly! What a meaningful project. Thanks for the idea.

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