21 September, 2007

Our Closet Overfloweth

On Thursday mornings I hang out at church with The Quilters. We've been blessed with a constant stream of resources to this Quilting Ministry ever since it began almost seven years ago. We never want for fabric and the small financial reserve has grown and multiplied, we use that for supplies that must be purchased, like batting. We have a small, 'working' closet to use for our quilts-in-progress and a designated storage closet for finished, tagged quilts. The quilts go everywhere imaginable: group homes, battered womens shelters, nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospice homes and to those who are homebound, the cancer center, as well as to every baby baptized in our congregation. The quilts are needed and appreciated. Just this week one was delivered to a mother who has been sleeping on a chair in her daughter's hospital room every night as the young girl awaits a bone marrow transplant. Every quilt could tell a story of its own! The Quilting Ministry takes a break over the summer. During these past few months boxes upon boxes of flat folded fabric appeared like orphan babies dropped off on the church's doorstep! So much fabric came in that our closet was in danger of exploding, the sheer amount was daunting! Our blessings abound, I was overwhelmed, in every sense. While exceedingly grateful, I worried that we would never manage to return this closet space to any sense of organization or order. The Quilters didn't bat an eye, they jumped right in and started sorting the fabrics and tying the quilts like they have done every week since January of 2001. There's still much organizing to do, but I noticed yesterday that we can once again close the closet door without fear of damage to the hinges. That's progress!Life is Good!

11 comments:

YankeeQuilter said...

What a great group! I'm sure all of those quilts are really appreciated.

quiltkeemosabe said...

I love the pictures! and it is a wonderful group. I've got to get back to it!!!!

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

You and your group are truly blessed! You all are making great quilts to share with others.

Tanya said...

How wonderful! To be able to use your talents and the generosity of others to spread cheer around. I wish I could come and sew with you! I have a sort of one-man prayer and square group but can't get anyone else interested. (They all claim they don't like sewing! How is that possible?)

Faith said...

Isnt that lovely a bit like santas magical workshop where all the magical toys and gifts are being made ready for christmas by special little santa workers.
As the handmade quilt opens the magical stars leap out making the new owner very happy and loved.

Simonetta said...

Wow!!! Great group!All this shows the strength of the union of the women.
Thanks for the beautiful things that you tell us :)))

Shelina said...

It is a wonderful group - and how wonderful to have this kind of problem - I'm sure you will turn all that extra fabric into quilts in no time!

Sue "Sioux" Seibert said...

You all are such blessings. I was never able to get anything started...at least not so far, but I certainly admire your work and generosity.

Patsy said...

Do y'all have the Prayers & Squares ministry? I've read about it and think it is a wonderful ministry.

meggie said...

Great pics. Lovely to think all those people care so much.

Nan said...

What a wonderful group! You are giving of your hearts and talents for those less fortunate - there's nothing better than that, is there?