Greetings from Ohio!
I'm Linda from my.sewingroom. My main goal is quilting for charity. However, a few years ago I moved back to Ohio after 11 years in Arizona. I bought a home in Bedford (SE of Clevleand) and have spent some time making the house my own including some quilts. I also had a raised garden put in now that I'm disabled. I had taken a course on gardening for the disabled gardener. It has done very well and I've been able to fill my freezer with various vegetables. My flower gardens do quite well too. This has been my dream home. I love it here, especially since Indy joined my family. He has brought a lot of joy into my life.
Once upon a time...sounds like I'm going to tell you a fairy tale doesn't it?...I was a Civil War re-enactor. In those days I made women's and children's Civil War era clothing and other historical clothing. I still will, but , honey, it will cost ya!!!! I now spend my winters back in Arizona with friends. Last winter I clothed a few Renaissance pirates and their wenches as part of my room and board. At the last minute I decided to participate as a kidnapped maiden. I understand that this year I am being kidnapped again. I guess when we go to the Renaissance Faire I'll have to half-heartedly again say "help, help, I've been kidnapped by pirates." It's all a lot of fun.
While in Arizona I also made a lot of church banners. I think there is one posted in my gallery. Once I find the rest of the photos, I'll get them posted too. The banners are a ministry of mine. I don't charge for them, but people insist on giving me donations. When I make a banner, I feel God is calling me to make it and donate it to the church. There is a small church in Tempe, AZ that I've made almost all of their banners. One Advent season my church had bulletin covers that really moved me. The next Advent season I had reproduced them (with permission of course) and they now hang on the wall of my church in Arizona.
I also belong to a quilt group called Reap What You Sew in Phoenix. We quilt all year long. In November is distibution night where over 2000 quilts are given out to charities such as Ronald McDonald House, children's hospitals, foster care, veteran's hospitals, hospice, shut-ins, etc. They have so many quilt tops turned in that just need to be completed into quilts. So I started a small RWYS chapter at my church in Scottsdale. We take the quilt tops, add batting and backing, tie them, bind them, and return them to the main RWYS group. I am so proud to be a part of Reap What You Sew, and I miss them so much now that I'm in Ohio. However, I would like to start a RWYS group here in Ohio. Any Ohio quilters near Bedford out there? Bedford is a SE suburb of Cleveland. We will start up in the spring when I return from Arizona. If you are interested, please email me at email@example.com.
I finished the project for the alzheimers patient from my church in Arizona. I'm not sure what that plan is now for the quilts. I still have a wall hanging to hand quilt, which we feel should be returned to the family. Just have the outer border left and the binding. I've also had another member bring me fabric and ask me to make quilts that can be auctioned for the church. Another gave me fabric to make her grandson a valor quilt. I am so honored that I've been asked to take on quilting in Christ's name. I will definately be praying a lot before, during, and after each project! But I'm slowing down so I don't know how long it will take me to get to all of the quilts, but with God's help they will be done.
There is also a retreat center being created west of Phoenix that ministers to military chaplins and their families and ministers and their families.On their list of needs was 12 quilts for the common areas. Dave Anderson is the head of this ministry and after living in Scottsdale for nearly 11 years and attending many of his concerts, I am a strong supporter of Dave's latest ministry which has been in the making for over 20 years. The retreat center is called Standing Stones. Of course, when I saw that Dave needed 12 quilts I immediately sent off an email telling him that need is taken care of. Dave immediately called me and said to take my time. He knows my work and my health situation and he'll take them as he can get them. I pray for the success of Standing Stones. Our minisiters and their families need to have someone to support them too. We congregation members don't always realtize that our Pastors and families have problems too because they devote so much time to helping us. God's blessings to Dave, Barb (his wife), and Kelsey (who has been with them from the beginning).
We have an amazing and awesome God! His plans are greater than mine!