Thirty three newbies and 11 Rebekahs (helpers) - 44 people! - turned out for the first beginner quiltmaking lesson at Faith Lutheran Church.
Several other newbies will join us for second and third lessons, so our whole group totals 50!
God is definitely teaching us about working together in community, and demonstrating how we can serve Him without traveling far from home.
This is such an attentive, cheerful group! They make it exciting to be teaching again.
Here I'm showing what a fat quarter is - an approximately 18" X 22" fabric rectangle with the same number of square inches as a 1/4 yard cut of fabric.
Toward the end of class, everyone received a demonstration of various ways to find a scant quarter-inch seam on the sewing machine.
We're starting new quilters off on the right foot... a quarter inch sewing machine foot. (Pun intended.)
While the seam width demonstrations continued, newbies shopped with the help of our awesome Rebekahs. Norma (pink shirt) has attended nearly every Stitchin' Mission during the past six years. Linda (orange shirt) too has helped with many of them.
If Deb (right) looks like she knows what she's talking about, she does! She's been a Rebekah at least a dozen times.
A lovely mother (red top) and daughter (black top) team signed up to be first-time Rebekahs since participating in the last Stitchin' Mission at Lutheran Church of Hope. Yay!
Another first-time Rebekah, Sara (pink top) is helping a returning newbie.
Everyone who participates in a Stitchin' Mission for the second, third, or fourth time, learns something new - and even better, enjoys doing it again because we're just so much better when we're together!
It's exciting to see this many people interested in learning how to make a quilt, especially knowing that they've been asked to give that quilt away.
This time, our quilt recipients live locally. They are children between infancy and nine years old who are in difficult circumstances due to separation, abuse, or other desperate family situations. For that reason, we cannot expect to see pictures of these kids with the quilts we make. But we understand and will be prayerful for them as we sew.
Several local fabric stores are having weekend Columbus Day sales. Between the wonderful fabric donations, and sale fabrics available, we can expect to see many beautiful quilts coming from this group. Please tag along!
On Tuesday evening, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. I'll be at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny, Iowa, giving a program to the Ankeny Quilt Guild. If you're interested in learning more about Stitchin' Mission and picking up a few tips about making charity quilts, do come. Linda