I make prayer quilts for my church ministry. Prayer quilts are quilts with prayers tied into them. 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.
My Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year, in 2012. Naturally, I wanted to make a prayer quilt for him. I spoke to my sister, Georgia Girl Quilter, and she and I were going to make the quilt. We brainstormed ideas and it evolved into getting my siblings and Mom involved in helping to make the quilt. Three out of the five (siblings) live out of state from my parents. My parents and two siblings live in south Louisiana, one is in Texas, one is in Georgia and myself in Arkansas. The out-of-state siblings were alternately visiting my parents often to help care for Dad, and we planned to be there at the same time in order to make Dad's quilt.
I wanted to share some of the photos with you of all of us making Dad's quilt. I hope I do this correctly as I'm new here and the first time to add media.
The above photo is my sister, Georgia Girl Quilter, cutting fabric.
The above photo is my sister from Texas ironing fabric.
The above photo is my brother from south Louisiana piecing a block.
The above photo is my sister from south Louisiana sewing rows together.
The above photo is Mom sewing the blocks into a row and I'm watching her.
The above photo is me, from Arkansas, quilting Dad's quilt.
The very first photo is the finished quilt and below is another photo as well. We picked a snowball block and selected novelty fabrics of his life interest. He delivered the Baton Rouge newspaper for 60+ years and there is newspaper print fabric in the quilt. He loved western movies and there is western/cowboy fabric. He loved drinking coffee and we found coffee fabric to include. He loved riding his Harley Davidson and we found motorcycle fabric. He loved music and dancing, so we found fabric with music notes and dancing motifs. (there is more, that is just some of examples)
On August 23, 2012 Jesus came and reached out his hand for Dad and Dad took it. Dad's quilt was filled with prayers/knots and he was able to be covered in everyone's prayers for about 4 to 6 weeks before he passed away. We all find peace when we are covered in Dad's prayer quilt now. Thanks for letting me share this with you.