Sunday, April 14, 2013

April Work Day

Praise God!  What a wonderful day of quilting with Hope Quilters sisters in Christ!   Several quilters have joined the group in March and April.  Welcome to Hope Quilters, BJ, Connie, Georgia and Melissa.  God continues to provide new talent to Hope Quilters.

Quilt tops were sewn, bindings sewn down, quilts labeled.   Batting was cut for a number of quilt tops, along with backing fabric picked out and prepared.   Everyone was busy.  And lots of laughter, sharing and great fellowship.

So much work, so little space, Linda used the hallway to spread out this quilt. 

Hope Quilters are working with the Care Ministry on a couple of projects – bright pillow cases for breast cancer pillows and lap quilts for members who are ill and/or in medical treatments such as chemo or dialysis.  Bonnie, a Hope member dropped by with fabrics from her Mother’s stash.  Jody took some of the pre-cut blocks along with coordinating fabrics and designed kits for the small pillow cases.  Another “God thing” .  Thank you Bonnie for bringing these fabrics in at just the time they will be used in this project.

Four more Okoboji quilts, along with five or six others, are ready to be quilted.  Seven completed Okoboji quilts will be delivered this next week to the Bible camp.  We’re closing in on finishing the Christopherhaus Dormitory project.  What a great group of quilters working together – we’ll have made 37 quilts for the dorm rooms since last August.  Another Praise God!

Still ironing fabrics for backings.   These are some big pieces, but they'll be nice with no wrinkles when Kaaran finishes with them!

 There are several quilts completed and are being labeled for the 2013 Riverside Bible Camp Auction.  A couple more are in progress, tops are done, ready to be quilted.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April 13th Work Day

Spring is finally here – did we wonder when it would finally quit snowing?  Although I remember several snowstorms/blizzards in this area in April.  Just like the proverbial spring house cleaning, I’m trying to clean my quilting area.  And we need to do that with our Hope Quilters fabrics –get them out, use them up.  We have been alerted that more fabrics may be coming, this time from a long time quilter, in neighboring Nebraska.  We give our thanks to God for all the fabrics that are donated to Hope Quilters.  And when there are some that we don’t use in our quilts, My Brothers Keeper is the downstream recipient.  As we always note – nothing goes to waste.

We have a new / resurrected opportunity to do some sewing for the Care Ministry here at LCOH.  Several years ago we made tote bags and also small lap quilts for breast cancer patients.  Recently as you know we made a pillow case and gave a small pillow for Linda H. to use during her breast cancer surgery and follow up treatment.  A couple of Hope Quilters have purchased additional pillows and made pillow cases for other breast cancer patients.  We’re proposing Hope Quilters make more of these as well as some bright, cheery lap quilts to be used by anyone needing to feel God’s presence in time of need.  More information along with several of the pillows will be shown at the April 13th work day.

Here are several pillow cases and  pillows for breast cancer patients.