Simply put, I crochet. I have tried my hand at many different crafts but I always come back to my first love of crochet. Over the years I’ve crocheted for several charity causes, Stitches from the Heart, Warm-Up America, Prayer Cloths for the Troops and numerous others.
For the last 5 years I’ve crocheted for the Prayer Quilt Ministry at a local church in our small community of Hurricane, Utah. I crochet thread crosses which are sewn to the back of the quilts we give away. Anyone can receive a Prayer Quilt. Prayer quilts are freely given. Quilts are requested by anyone, for anyone with a critical health problem, facing major surgery or terminally ill.
When one the ladies proposed a Prayer Quilt group, my first thought was I don’t know how to sew, so what can I possible do? She then proceeded to share the details, and show samples of what her previous church was doing. When she turned one of the quilts to the reverse side, there was an 8” crocheted thread cross sewn to the back. She turned to me and said, “I was hoping you’d crochet the crosses.” My heart leaped for joy. You see, I recently moved from California to Utah (alone), and didn’t yet feel at home in my new state. Now it’s been five plus years of joy in participating in this wonderful charity.
Our small group (6) makes quilts in advance to have a “stash” of quilts ready to select when a request is received. We ask for the recipient’s favorite color or a hobby, and one is then selected.
The ties in these quilts have not yet been knotted. The quilt is presented to the church where we share a bit about the person who is receiving the quilt. Then at the end of the service, all the members pray for the person and tie a knot in the quilt ties. Each knot represents a prayer that was said for this person. Then the quilt is delivered to the recipient. The ties are made extra long so that others who know, visit or support the person can add their own prayers and tie a knot.
We have received several thank you letters and stories back from people who have received or requested a quilt, which are filled with what can only be described as miracles. These quilts provide comfort and peace to the person, their families, their caregivers, the doctors, nurses and friends who visit. They know people are praying for them and when they touch the knots in the ties they have a physical way to remember that each knot represents a prayer that was said for just for them.
Through this ministry I have had the opportunity to teach those who want to learn how to crochet. And I’m learning how to sew and quilt. One of the photos is me and my first finished quilt (with lots of help). To date we have given 64 quilts to people from all walks of life, infants, elderly and those in-between, local folks and those out of state.
Through charitable work, one discovers the truth of the verse “It IS more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35)- We give the gift of our hands, and I give the gift of crochet by teaching.
Lastly I would say to anyone who has the smallest idea in the back of their mind, don’t wait act on it. Make your idea a reality. Teach someone to crochet, knit, do a craft or hobby; then share the output with others. No matter if it’s the size of a bookmark or as large as a blanket, made with yarn, thread, paper, fabric, flowers or food. Share it, give it, and let it bless as you bless others. 3-1-14 vv