Finish It Up Saturday ~ It Is Well

I’ve been hearing this song over and over in my head in recent weeks. This little piece feels a bit like a companion piece to Mourning Has Broken.

There is an Accuquilt downloadable embroidery file you can use to applique these skinny letters down, but I prefer fusing and then quilting tightly over top. Matchstick quilting can be very meditative, and it was certainly called for here.

I love text quilts, but making letters is a daunting task. Or it was, until I got an alphabet die. I used a solid white for the backing and facing.

This message was not to be constrained by a border or binding.

Yes, they seem to belong together, though one is very traditional and the other, very modern.

Here are the lyrics to this hymn., written by Horatio Spafford.

  1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
    When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well with my soul.
    • Refrain:
      It is well with my soul,
      It is well, it is well with my soul.
  2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blest assurance control,
    That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
  3. My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
    My sin, not in part but the whole,
    Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
  4. For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
    If Jordan above me shall roll,
    No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
    Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
  5. But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
    The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
    Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
    Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
  6. And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
    The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
    The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
    Even so, it is well with my soul.

I pray all is well with your soul today. Have a good one.

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About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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14 Responses to Finish It Up Saturday ~ It Is Well

  1. Anita Segers says:

    Commenting again…my grandmother used to play this( by ear) on piano! This is comforting now as I am dealing with covid….rough night, but praise God, good this morning. No monoclonal antibodies available,,,on a waiting list. Y’all, please pray for me & hubby.

  2. JanineMarie says:

    You know how you just associate some songs with a person or event? We sang this song at my mother’s funeral so it forever connects me to my memory of her. Beautiful quilt in its simplicity. I can read some of the words in the text print background but am wondering what it is from. Is It a quote from a book?

  3. This song! ❤️❤️❤️
    We are a very musical family, and this summer we visited my husband’s grandparents in their nursing home. My daughters played hymn duets for them on their violins. Papa couldn’t really speak much anymore, but he sang along when they played It is Well With My Soul. It was the last time my girls saw them before he passed away. And my girls played it again for his honor at the funeral. Such a beautiful tribute to a Christian life well-lived! I will love this song and it’s lyrics forever.

  4. jean says:

    There is a wonderful story to go with that hymn. I hope you have read it. It is encouraging that in spite of the heartache and pain that he, the writer, still believed in God’s hand in his life.

  5. Diane says:

    The music to this is beautiful if you haven’t heard it before.
    I memorized this hymn years ago and sing it as I drift off to sleep! This is my favorite stanza.

    That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

    Thank you for the blessing!

  6. Dotti in CT says:

    That hymn along with Great is thy Faithfulness are favorites of mine. Outstanding!

  7. quiltipatti says:

    thank you for the words of the entire hymn (never knew it had so many verses). that is the exact background i would have chosen. amazing to see how well they go together. very good week you’ve had. thanks so much for sharing. good words to hear these days. patti in florida

  8. Anita Segers says:


    Sent from my iPad


  9. Joan (Optional) Herrick says:

    Possibly your best post ever!

  10. Janice Holton says:

    One of my most favorite hymns. I didn’t know it had 6 verses!

  11. lois92346 says:

    The quilts are simply wonderful together, Katy. This lovely hymn is certainly needed for all during these trying times. What a sweet blessing.

  12. Sandi says:

    I love this!! Hugs,

  13. carole pepin says:

    one of my favorites. Calms the spirit.

  14. johannes123qqq says:

    Thank you , i can use it at the moment.

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