Turtle Prayer Quilt

posted by Gina
Sun, Dec 16 2012


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This turtle design is a Drunkards Path block with the block components turned to look like a turtle. I freehanded the head and tail. They are stitched in the curves, then I zig-zagged appliqued them down. This prayer quilt was made for a young boy that liked turtles. This was the first time using a template in a long time and stitching curves!

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MNnancy wrote re: Turtle Prayer Quilt
on Sun, Dec 16 2012 4:33 PM

I love your turtles, Gina!  Sorry if this is a dumb question...how is  a prayer quilt used?

Stephanie wrote re: Turtle Prayer Quilt
on Sun, Dec 16 2012 8:06 PM

This is adorable Gina.

Gina wrote re: Turtle Prayer Quilt
on Sun, Dec 16 2012 8:22 PM

Thank you very much. I think the turtle shells would look good in batiks too.  

MNnancy there is never a dumb question as far as I'm concerned. Thank you for asking. After the quilt is complete, long threads of #5 Pearl cotton are stitched in the center of the blocks and left untied. We present the quilt to the church, saying who the quilt is for and what prayers are needed. After service the quilt is placed on a table and everyone (individually) says a silent prayer for the recipient and ties a knot in the pearl cotton thread. Each knot represents a prayer. Knots can be tied on top of knots, prayers on top of prayers. The recipient is then covered in everyone's prayers.

If you look closely, for instance at the blue one in the upper right corner, you can see the thread in the center of the turtle shell. This picture was taken before the knots were tied/prayers were said. Leaving the threads long (I cut them 5 to 6 inches) it allows for multiple knots on one thread and it makes it easier for tying.

Anonymous wrote re: Turtle Prayer Quilt
on Sun, Dec 16 2012 9:24 PM

What a great quilt!  Just beautiful and fun!

Gina wrote re: Turtle Prayer Quilt
on Tue, Dec 18 2012 12:45 AM

Thank you Candis!

MNnancy wrote re: Turtle Prayer Quilt
on Tue, Dec 18 2012 10:24 PM

Thank you for the explanation.  What a wonderful gesture of faith!

Janice Carole wrote re: Turtle Prayer Quilt
on Wed, Jan 2 2013 11:28 AM

i have a turtle quilt my grandmother made in about 1940.  I love the pattern.  it is on my bucket list to make.  she put the names of family members in opposite non turtle blocks, but i think i will make the turtle shell  so it will be able to hold the names.  thank you for sharing your quilt, maybe i will share my grandmothers.

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