Scrappy Gift

DSC_0905Originally, this quilt was destined for the women’s shelter in a neighbouring city.  All winter a colleague and “Sister” in ministry was living in the local RC rectory because her apartment was damaged in a fire.  April 1st she returned to her home and I gave her this quilt as a “welcome back” gift.  It is simply quilted, with parallel lines of stitching at varying widths.  Quick and effective.

Luke 8:39

“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.

Four to Go

The church quilting group is working on quilts to be donated to a woman and children centre in Grande Prairie.  I finished binding my contribution last night.

Taking a picture of the finished quilt really makes the large floral fabric obvious.  It doesn’t seem to jump out so much in the actual quilt.

This pattern is called ‘Trip Around the World.’  Four inch strips were sewn together and then into a tube, cut into four-inch strips perpendicularly, opened at each subsequent block and then sewn back together to create the pattern.  It was fairly easy and sewed up really quick.

Now on to a project I promised someone over a year ago.


A New Thing

Ecclesiastes 1:10   Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has already been, in the ages before us.

A little after Christmas last year, I took interest in something new.  A new hobby.  Not new to the world, as the wise king of Ecclesiastes tells us, but new to me.  I started quilting.  There are a few ladies in the congregation that gather on Thursday afternoons to quilt in the lower hall of the church.  I couldn’t stay in my office, writing, or reading, or any of that other stuff that a minister is supposed to do when in the office.  The creative process occurring beneath my feet pulled to0 strongly, so I joined them.  At first I cross stitched, my first love.  As time progressed I was bitten by the quilt bug, compounded by the temptation of rapidly accumulating a stash as the local fabric store was closing and all their fabric was available at very reasonable prices.

I couldn’t have picked a more difficult project for my first attempt.  I didn’t have the knowledge of how the corners would stretch out of square because of sewing such small pieces on the bias.  Persistence and a new sewing machine eventually brought success.  I gave the finished project to my sister for her birthday.  I’m well satisfied with the way it turned out.  It was enough to get me hooked on a new hobby.  One which my husband is willing to indulge, likely more so if I managed to complete his quilt…