Sunday, December 15, 2013

December Meeting

Hope Quilters are using fabrics from Ghana to make altar cloths for the new churches in Ghana,
These ten are ready for the next mission trip in 2014
Hand work and disscussion
Laying out the fabrics - "auditioning" colors

Seams to be pressed


More quilts for the children in the PICU
Hope Quilters makes tote bags for LCOH Care Ministry

This tag is enclosed with each tote bag.

Another tote bag in progress    


Monday, November 11, 2013

November Work Day

The day began with Hope Quilters planning on learning a new pattern to make tote bags for LCOH's Care Ministry.  The ministry distributes these totes to members who need something to hold their items while undergoing chemo, etc. 

We welcomed first time attendee Cheryl M. to the group.  Devotions and a bit of business followed.

But first we were honored to present a quilt to David M. a Hope members who is on the board of Family Promise of Greater Des Moines.  Formerly known as the Interfaith Alliance, it is a unique shelter program run by 14 congregations (including LCOH) in the Des Moines area, which has provided 3,300 nights of shelter and 10,000 meals to families in need, according to an article in the Des Moines Register.

This is the quilt donated by Hope Quilters for an auction to raise much needed funding for the Family Promise program.

The planned day then moved in a different, God-driven direction as Karen R. brought in her entire collection of fabrics, along with a sewing machine, books, patterns and notions.  I cannot properly express our thanks for her donation to Hope Quilters.  We were understandably overwhelmed by Karen's generosity.  As the church always says, "It's a God thing!".  And it truly is.  There is no other way to put it when God is at the heart of how we live our life story.  God brought Karen to Hope Quilters.  We will use her generous gifts to make the quilts, totes, breast cancer pillows and other items to bring comfort and warm those in need.  PRAISE GOD!!

We did pick out fabrics for the tote bags, and several cut out the pieces and will make them at home.  Tiffany worked on the Ghana altar cloth she started.  Linda B. selected backing for another Mercy PICU quilt.  Rachel S. found several fabrics for the backing for a larger quilt top made by Jean D.  Several HQers sorted and put away the newly donated fabrics and other items.

Pictures tell the story of Karen's donation to Hope Quilters.
Thank you again for your generous gift to Hope Quilters and our projects.

This is a quilt top, batting and backing donated by Karen R. which is ready to be quilted.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Hope Quilters in October

Quilters worked on cutting fabrics to make kits.  They also brought in finished quilts and Ghana altar cloths.  Here are a few pictures of the activities, quilts and altar cloths. 
Bright colors  - someone will be very happy
Another bright quilt

Fabric gets ironed
Quilters admire each other's work - but don't step on the quilt!

We're so fortunate to have a large area to make our quilts
Cutting fabric to make kits

Another Ghana altar cloth - beautiful fabric

Monday, September 16, 2013

September's Work Day

Hope Quilters September meeting in pictures.

A few of the Ghana Altar Cloths ready to be labeled.  Karaan V is attaching the labels; they'll be ready for the next mission trip to Ghana.
I also have to add this from Pastor Sam on the Ghana Missions Facebook pages - ". . . From June 2012 through September 2013 GlobeServe have planted 117 Churches with majority of them in a place I was once not sure of success for Church Planting, Northern Ghana. Today over 8,000 new people have come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.   From September 16th through 27th we are going to baptize these new believers (currently am aware of 2,000 people and the figures keep growing, am expecting 3,000). . .   PRAISE GOD! !


Quilting in September.

Monday, September 9, 2013

September Work Day

Saturday, September 14th        8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.             Room 212

Bring a sack lunch and drink or you may also step out to one of the nearby restaurants.
Friday at 1:00 p.m. is “set-up time, bringing the fabrics, ironing boards, etc. from the storage area to Rm 212.

With Rally Day activities in Hope, the Church year begins anew as it does every fall.  School has started, summer activities begin to wind down.  It doesn’t seem like fall is upon us with the unusual high temperatures we’ve been having.  But the rooms are cool and we can enjoy getting together to catch up with each other and sharing our love of quilting.

Those who want to work on the altar cloths for Ghana are certainly encouraged to continue the effort.  Others who aren’t interested in that type of sewing are encouraged to come and work on quilt tops.  By meeting and working together, we’re living the Hope Quilters story – sharing in fellowship with each other, and making quilts for the missions of LCOH.  Last year we sent 16 quilts with the ASP team, provided more than 15 quilts to Mercy PICU, made 37 quilts for Okoboji’s Christopherhaus Dorm, and sent 14 quilts to Riverside for their quilt auction.  There were other missions that received quilts as well. 
What will we accomplish together in the 2013-2014 church year?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

August Work Day

Usually August brings hot weather to Iowa.  Not this year - yet.  The Iowa State Fair is in full swing; families are on final vacation before next week's school year begins; and the weather is a bit cooler than usual, with folks taking advantage of the great weather to be outside. 
But a few quilters stayed inside to work on Ghana altar cloths.  We also sorted through the wonderful fabric and thread donations just received the past several weeks.  We're so grateful for these donations which enable us to continue to make our quilts for those who need them for comfort and warmth.

 The families of Mrs. Joan H. and Jan B. have given Hope Quilters large, beautiful stashes of fabrics and quilt kits.  Connie H. dropped off another large stash on her way to the fair.  Just when we begin to run low on some fabrics, God provides through wonderful people who donate their no longer used fabrics.  A huge Thank You to all for your generosity.  These fabrics will be used in quilts and some in the Ghana altar cloths.

Christie E. brought in the large supply of threads which will help us sew and quilt the quilt tops we make for our missions.  We even used some of the thread this day sewing on the Ghana altar cloths.  What a wonderful gift to add to the Hope Quilters "stash".

This day we worked on making altar cloths using the Ghana fabrics and fabric out of our Hope Quilters supplies.  These altar cloths will be taken to the Ghana churches that have been built from the "40 Churches in 40 Days" 2011 LCOH Lenten project.  Praise God!  There have been well over 100 churches built!  We have a lot of work to do to make altar cloths for all of these churches.  

While a few Hope Quilters work on these, others continue to make quilts for those in need, using the newly donated fabrics shown above.  GOD is good, and it's great to be in the family of quilters doing HIS work.

A few of the altar cloths being constructed.