Block #9

10 12 2016

Date:     December 8, 2016

Location:     Winnipeg, MB


Quilt:  Square in Squares

Quilt Recipient:   My Significant Other

God has blessed me with a soul mate.  We make a good pair.  We met online, each of us not long after our previous marriages.  Two children each, almost all the same age.  We married within three years.  He asked my father for permission and in doing so, made my mother cry.  He is very much like my father.  I love him with all my heart.

Lord Creator God, you are breath and life, who formed dust and dirt and ash and made creatures in Your image.  You crafted us as companions for one another, placed us with families that we might love and support one another.  Your compassion for our needs is beyond all imagining.
I give you thanks for my husband, for his strength and courage, his love and care for me.  I give you thanks for his amazing sense of humour, his sensitive heart, his willingness to grieve, his open nature.  I give you thanks that my life is better for his love, for his willingness to sacrifice that I might follow your call on my life.  Give him patience, tolerance, gratitude and joy.  Give us peace and contentment all the days we share together.  Amen.

Genesis 2:18
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the Adam should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.”

Block #8

6 12 2016

Date:     December 4, 2016

Location:     Winnipeg, MB


Quilt:  Seasonal Bowties

Quilt Recipient:   Personal

Fabric:  Seasonal Gatherings

Hospitable and welcoming Lord of life, you are the source of abundant life and all blessings.  Place you protecting hand upon our house, may it always be a refuge and rest.  May those who reside here reflect the warmth and light of your love, and all who enter be blessed and welcomed.  Help us to be faithful witnesses to the Christ through showing hospitality and acceptance to our neighbours and travelers on our street.  May they find confidence in the peace and protection only You can give.  Amen.


Sirach 29:21
[ Home and Hospitality ] The necessities of life are water, bread, and clothing, and also a house to assure privacy.

Block #7

5 12 2016

Date:     December 3, 2016

Location:     Winnipeg, MB


Quilt:  In the Bulb

Quilt Recipient:   For Sale

Church Bazaars are a popular way of meeting church budgets.  Typically they are held around the beginning of Advent.  This year I donated a quilt for the craft table.  Our efforts this year realized the highest receipts ever.

I pray that my church be a witness to the Good News, that we remain a service to the surrounding community.  May we look beyond our walls, be bold in reaching out, have courage in the face of injustice, advocate for the poor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked.  May we resist the temptation to erect boundaries, judge others, oppress the weak.  May Christ always be our example and receive our love and obedience.  May all we do, all we say, all we sing be to God’s praise and glory.

Revelation 7:12
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.

Block #6

27 08 2013

Date:     August 25, 2013

Location:     Dawson Creek, BC


Quilt:    Ordination Stole- Ordinary Time

Quilt Recipient:    the Reverend JY

Saturday our Presbytery had the privilege of ordaining another amazing woman into the ministry.  Again I was commissioned to design and quilt a stole for her.

I pray that God’s joy and love accompany her in all her endeavours.  I pray that her congregation love and support her, that they partner with her in worshipping and serving the Lord.

Jeremiah 1:9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth.”

Block #5

4 07 2013

Date:     June 29, 2013

Location:     Dawson Creek, BC

DSC_0183Quilt:    Ordination Stole

Quilt Recipient:    the Reverend MP

In March of 2012 I had the privilege of ordaining a colleague as a Minister of Word and Sacrament.  It brought to mind my own ordination in September of 2009.  It is an exciting, humbling and extremely anxious moment.  You second guess yourself, wondering how God managed to get you to agree to this huge responsibility.  Somehow, there is some expectation that you are different.  A difference that is as varied as the number of people who either have been along for the entirety of your life’s flight or briefly alight and flit away.  It is a calling filled with doubt and uncertainty.  It is a calling resisted by the greatest prophets in the Bible.  For the least and lesser of us, not having a similar resistence might reveal an arrogance undesirable for effective mininstry.

I prayed for and over MP when we laid our hands on her.  Prayers for faithfulness, earnestness, humilty, God’s guidance and grace.  Prayers for her congregation, their love and support, their aid and committment as the body of Christ to walk alongside her, assist her and recognize her as one set aside for a particular priesthood within the priesthood of all believers.  We prayed that she continue to rely on God for strength and steadfasness and praise.  Prayers all of us pray for ourselves every day as those called as mininsters for the people of God.

Exodus 4:12  “Now go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you are to speak.”

Praying for Success

28 05 2013

No, this is not a ‘prosperity Gospel‘ theology but an offering of prayers for the victims of the Oklahoma tornado.  I will be praying for the efforts of various organizations that are responding to provide comfort and assistance in the wake of the devastation.  I will be donating a quilt to this cause through ‘Quilting for Others‘.  Of course, fabric from it will be incorporated into a future crane block.  Watch for it!

Deuteronomy 30:15  See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity.

Block # 4

10 05 2013

DSC_0024Date:     May 9, 2013

Location:     Dawson Creek, BC

Quilt:     Black Snowballs & Summer Flowers

Quilt Recipient:     Livingroom Couch

This is one of the first quilts I attempted.  It has more than fulfilled its purpose.  I enjoy it almost every night while reading, writing, thinking or watching the tube.  Of course for this block I had to use one of my favourite fabrics, something from Barbara Brackman’s “A Morris Garden”.

Today’s prayer is one of gratitude, thanks for a warm home, leisure time, an education that enables me to read, the resources and ability to pursue creative activities, for my husband that is central to my life and sits in company with me in the evenings whether I am paying attention to him or not.  I am so blessed, all thanks be to the Creator.

Judges 19:9     When the man with his concubine and his servant got up to leave, his father-in-law, the girl’s father, said to him, “Look, the day has worn on until it is almost evening. Spend the night. See, the day has drawn to a close. Spend the night here and enjoy yourself. Tomorrow you can get up early in the morning for your journey, and go home.”