Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Stitchin' Mission Moves On

If you've perceived by the title of this post that Stitchin' Mission is leaving Iowa, you are correct. The reason Stitchin' Mission is leaving is because I am leaving.

My husband and I have made the decision to leave West Des Moines after more than 22 years of making friends and memories. God willing, we're anticipating another 20 years of making new friends and memories living in The Villages, Florida.

We are thanking God that He has orchestrated all our plans, sending a buyer for our house on Good Friday (April 6) after it was on the market for only 35 days. We are certain God has been working through all this as we have purged, sold and donated nearly everything - except personal items and quilting stuff, of course! Even our furniture and my beloved silver Volkswagen Beetle have found a new home here in Iowa. Our last day here is May 3.

These are huge changes.

I am grateful that Stitchin' Mission quiltmaking lessons have continued throughout the Des Moines area, and once in Sydney, Australia, during the past six years. Prayers now are that God will lead us to: a new house, a new church, and a situation in Florida where Stitchin' Mission can again reach those quilters and quilt recipients who will benefit from this ministry.

I'm happy and touched that my friends are hosting a
Stitchin' Mission Farewell Open House.

You're invited to Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, April 28, 2012. From 1 to 3 p.m. in room 212. Please come to socialize, enjoy some treats, and say good-bye. (No gifts please!) Feel free to bring along an in-progress or completed donation quilt for some Show-n-Tell.

If you learned quiltmaking through Stitchin' Mission, I couldn't be happier that you had the opportunity to participate at some point since 2005. If you've developed a love for making quilts, I couldn't be more happy! If your enthusiasm for quiltmaking has spilled over into making quilts for those who are less fortunate, I'm ecstatic! Bless you!

The Stitchin' Mission website and blog will continue to be the place where Stitchin' Mission activities appear. At this point, only God knows when and where the next series of lessons will be. Watch this space!

Thank you to those of you who have phoned or spoken to me in person to say how Stitchin' Mission has "changed your life." Together, let us lift hands in grateful praise for what God has done and continues to do. Linda

For more information about Stitchin' Mission, go here to the Stitchin' Mission website.


KaHolly said...

Stitchin' Mission is an incredible idea! I hope you are able to continue it in Florida. Who knows, maybe someone in DesMoine will keep it going!

Linda said...

Actually, I own a registered federal trademark for Stitchin' Mission, so no one can (legally) implement it without me. Several years ago I hired an attorney to trademark it so I could ensure that the integrity of the program is maintained. So for the time being, Stitchin' Mission goes wherever I go. Linda

kathleen said...

So thrilled that everything is in hand, God's hand ...Linda for your huge move

I loved seeing you in action at St Mark's in Sydney and think you will take to Florida well and just know that Stitching' Mission will as well

Hope the farewell went well and the move is well underway