Christian Quilt Guild beginnings:
In December of 2015, my husband and I walked into our local Wal-Mart. There stood the Salvation Army Angel Tree with one, yes one, lonely Name Card left on the tree. I snatched it up and looked…and thought, “Josiah” (the little 11 year old boy on the card) would not be left out. I’d make sure he would get gifts for Christmas. I couldn’t believe I had waited so late in the season, only 2 more days to shop and get the gifts turned in to the collection site. Leaving the grocery list and shopping chore to my husband (he’s the best!) I ran to the Boys Department for a new pair of jeans, a new shirt. Then I headed to the back of the store to the Shoe Department for a warm pair of new shoes, and over to Toys to get him a set of Lego’s as he had requested. I met my husband at the check-out lane.
On the way home I was thinking about Josiah: 11 years old, probably growing in rapid spurts, eating like a horse…and the Lord spoke to my heart… “If Josiah doesn’t have jeans, shirt and shoes, does his family have enough money to keep their house warm? Will he be cold during the upcoming winter?”
That did it. Right there I knew …knew in my bones that Josiah needed a quilt. I immediately began planning in my mind what I would be able to do in a hurry. With only 2 more days to go until the deadline, I had an idea. I’d use fabrics I already had in my stash (Yes! There is a really good reason to have a well stocked stash! This proved it!).
Once home, I pulled solid fabrics in “guy” colors (and they were approved by my husband) and made a simple strip quilt. Once the top was made, I sliced it just slightly to the left of center, flipped the smaller end the opposite direction, added a black dividing sash and called the top: Done! I quickly made a back using my scraps and loaded it on my long-arm machine to quilt. I did a simple, linear “pipeline” design (look closely at the photo) and by 9:30 p.m. I was done. I am not a huge fan of bindings so I left that for morning. I machine bind all of my donation quilts so by 10 a.m. I was ready to send it off to the Salvation Army collection site with my delivery guy (my husband). 6 hours. I did this little quilt, from start to finish in 6 hours. The finished size was about 52 inches by 52 inches. (I’ll post the pattern on the Patterns page.) I thought I was done. Well, that’s not what happened.
I thought about and prayed for Josiah all through the holidays.In January of 2016, God laid the idea of beginning a quilting ministry on my heart. Together with some awesome friends who love to make children’s quilts, we began. We made kid sized quilts for the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. What a blessing it was to sew, share, quilt, and give—together! The mission continues this year as the need is huge. If you would like to participate, please, please let usknow. There are jobs for everyone…really! If you sew or want to learn how…this might be the place to jump in and help!
A year later, in March 2017, the Lord gave me the idea that it is time to form a global Christian Quilt Guild. Whether on-line or in-person, we can share our faith, be one community, use our gifts, learn more about quilting techniques, teach others how to quilt, serve others and praise Him.
If you feel the urge to join, please Do! And, share the news!
And most of all: Join us. In person or online!
If you’d like to start a guild and meet in person, as we are doing in East Texas, let us help you!
If you are a quilter who would consider sharing your quilts, your story or your testimony, please let us know. We are busy lining up those who are willing to share their stories, testimonies and quilts. Remember, we are just beginning so all ideas are welcome!
Help us make this meaningful to God’s Kingdom!
May God Bless You and Yours,