Thursday, September 3, 2009

SM #18 - First Class

The first lesson of Stitchin' Mission #18 began Thursday evening at Johnston Evangelical Free Church. We had a great turn-out with 27 newbies! They will be learning with invaluable help from 11 Rebekahs. Thank you, Rebekahs!

One sweet young lady had already prepared four quilts for us.
She spent considerable time making them too.
Can you see what they are? They're cookies!
Susan Cerrillio is the lovely, and thoughtful talent behind these clever quilt cookies.
She recreated each of the four Stitchin' Mission patterns from individual cookie blocks.
This is the "Quarry Stone" quilt.
"Noah's Ark"
"Fishes and Loaves"
Every Stitchin' Mission seems to hold an unexpected, but always happy, surprise. Cookie quilts are a new one, and were much appreciated. They not only looked adorable, but tasted wonderful. Thank you so much, Susan!

Taking care of all the behind-the-scenes preparation for SM, are our gracious coordinators: Jane Davis (left), and JoAnn Christians.
They collected a very nice selection of donated, 100 percent cotton fabric. Everyone seemed to be having fun making their choices during end-of-class "shopping." No charge!
Shopping couldn't have been handled so smoothly without help from our dedicated Rebekahs who measured and cut fabric for newbies, just like in a fabric store.
Everyone - including Michael from the Des Moines Register, who is writing a feature story about Stitchin' Mission - is looking forward to seeing the quilts that will come from this class. We're certain the quilts will bless the children in a Romanian orphanage. And after the positive response to this first lesson, there's no doubt we'll all be blessed by sharing in this wonderful experience. Definitely more fun is in store!

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