St. John’s has a long standing practice of gifting individuals receiving baptism, graduates of high school and university, and others going through life transitions. It began with the baptism of infants. They were given a receiving blanket embroidered with their name and date of birth with the assurance they were, are and will always be ‘wrapped in God’s love.’ In the past recipients were typically children, but since my call to the congregation it has expanded a little. The recently widowed, widower-ed, moving away or into assisted living were given a prayer shawl or quilt, because in my mind, we are all ‘wrapped in God’s love.’
Recently in the presbytery there was an ordination of a young woman as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. It was a month short of my tenth anniversary of my own ordination. I was reminded of the prayer shawl a congregation in the presbytery gifted me on the night of my ordination. I had just finished a quilt intended for a congregation member recently entering a nursing home. Sadly, they only lived a few days beyond the transition. It is a quilt drenched in prayer and who needs it more than someone newly ordained.
This was intended to be a simple Trip Around the World quilt. Once I began placing the blocks on the design wall I decided I had to line up the strip blocks as much as possible. Durn OCD. Solving the puzzle was worth it, I think it turned out awesome!
Exodus 29:29 The sacred vestments of Aaron shall be passed on to his sons after him; they shall be anointed in them and ordained in them.
I’m only a year late posting last Christmas’ quilt and realizing it is time to start thinking about this year’s Christmas projects. This fabric was another find I couldn’t leave behind. It was a layer cake I bought at the IQS in Gimli, MB. The result was a lap quilt to donate to the church’s annual bazaar.
Alas, it did not sell. I gifted it to a wonderful and faithful member of the congregation. She does not get out to Sunday morning worship any longer. She has type of dementia that she handles fairly well by leaving post-in notes everywhere as a reminder. She would call me Mondays after she had attended church with appreciative words for the sermon. Not long after she would call again, same reason. And then again, and again, until she remembered to throw out the post-in note reminding her to call me to tell me she appreciated my sermon. It was a blessing.
I gave her this quilt at the end of the bazaar, just as she was preparing to leave. During her ride home she mentioned to the driver someone had given her a lovely quilt. The driver answered, “Yes, I know, the minister gave it to you.”
“Did she?! How thoughtful of her. A good preacher and generous too! To bad I won’t remember to thank her.”
Psalm 119:49 Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.
I’m being very deliberate in attempting to finish some projects. I’ve had these bow tie blocks finished for some time. I bought four charm packs of Seasons Gatherings in Fort St. John, BC over four years ago. I love this fabric, it began my love for reproduction/traditional/civil war type fabrics.
I had no motivation to finish this one since I didn’t have anyone in mind to give it to, and I didn’t have suitable fabric for the back. When we moved into the new house we needed living room furniture. A local furniture store was having a sale and we picked up a lovely chocolate brown leather couch, chair and loveseat. This quilt compliments perfectly, recipient me!
I pieced the back with more Seasonal Gatherings fabric. I used a variegated thread for the quilting – perfect on the solid black back. The only drawback is a solid colour shows all the dog hair, so don’t look too close.
Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!
At the beginning of November, with the church bazaar approaching fast, I embarked on designing a nine patch quilt. Something quick and simple to donate for sale. I had a jelly cake roll that would fit the project perfectly. This is the end result.
The layout reminds me of a map. I added two other fabrics from my stash to make the quilt crib size. The quilt was priced at $125.00, I donated my time, only wanting the cost of the fabric. A deal! It’s still available.
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
The hostas are spectacular this year. The holes in the leaves of the first two photos are the result of a recent heavy hailstorm. I adore the purple flowers.
The hail struck down everything that was in the open field throughout all the land of Egypt, both human and animal; the hail also struck down all the plants of the field, and shattered every tree in the field.
Sometimes it’s a colour that catches the attention. Sometimes it’s a fabric print. Other times it is a technique that just begs to be tried. Once in awhile it is a convergence of them all. Such a convergence happened when I happened upon the fabric palette used in this project. I always wanted to sew a jelly roll race quilt. Jelly rolls are pre-cut strips of fabric 2 1/2″ wide and WOF (width of fabric 42-44″) There is usually 40 strips in a roll. A race is joining all the pieces together end to end. Next fold the the long strip in half, right sides together and sew along one edge. Cut at the fold, press open. Fold in half, right sides together and repeat. This is the finished project.
I had been keeping my eye open for the perfect fabric. Almost perfect, the polka dots don’t quite fit, but I love the rest. I’ve decided to name it “Raindrops on Glass.”
This quilt is for my husband’s sister in-law who recently underwent surgery for ovarian cancer. I really like the way the border and the back co-ordinated with the top. I quilted it with a varigated thread that has all similar colours in wavy contoured lines.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it.
I absolutely love this fabric. I’m not too crazy about the partridge with the pear, but it is seasonal, so I can make allowances. I bought 4 charm packs and some yardage of Seasonal LIttle Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings from my favourite quilt store in Fort St. John. I am doing my utmost to be very deliberate in the construction of this quilt. Already I have made a couple goofs and am upset with myself. I wanted all the pieces with parallel lines to go in the same direction. Third block, fail! Sigh.
To this point the planned layout is as shown. Once I took the picture and it presented as quartered snowballs rather than bow ties has me second guessing the plan. Either way, I am going to be snuggly and warm on the couch with this new lap quilt.
Mark 8:18 Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember?