Between April 2006 and May 2007, 48 women from Des Moines area churches met at Lutheran Church of Hope to make 101 quilts for C-on Kinshuko, a Christian family camp in a north prefecture of Japan.
All the quilts - made 54" X 90" to fit the camp beds - were displayed at Hope during the month of October, 2008.
The "Leftovers" quilt pattern is an original design meant to use up donated fabrics. Each quilt included at least 72 "loaves" (3-inch by 6-inch rectangles) of scrap fabrics.
The quilt's center medallion, 18-inches square, was where each quilter could experiment. Techniques lessons were offered in bias and triangle sewing, Sashiko, machine- and hand-applique, and foundation paper-piecing, among others, during Beyond Stitchin' Mission lessons.
On Thursday, 11 people left Des Moines to deliver all the quilts to the camp. Missionaries are, left to right: Julie Siefken, Rowena Schweitzer, Karin Hamilton, Barb Hyler, Norma Hamilton, Brittany Burkund, Sharon Beerman, Brianna Klaawon, Kim Ogle, Emmaly Burklund, and Anne Regnier.
Quilts were packed in 10 boxes and check onto the plane as missionaries' second piece of luggage.
The boxes also contained 30 softcover Bibles, and pin cushions made by Hope Quilters from the group's fabric stash.
Saturday morning an email was received from Tayori, at C-on Kinshuko, letting us know of the team's safe arrival. Please continue to pray for them as they lead a quiltmaking camp, teach English, and share with 30 campers the everlasting love of Jesus Christ.
Follow their activities on this blog: www.MissionKinshuko.wordpress.com