Remember when I joined the quilting circle at church? I hadn’t quilted in many years, but assumed I could pretty easily pick it up again. Wellll, it wasn’t easy to get back on that “bike”, and besides, the quilting circle quilts for people who have pieced (generally very beautiful) quilts, but don’t have the time or patience to do the quilting themselves. So, not only was I in a re-learning mode as I tried to make tiny, even stitches, but I was doing my learning on a quilt that someone was paying to have quilted! That just didn’t seem fair to those people, so I told the quilting circle that I really enjoyed their company (which I did — they were so friendly and supportive of my efforts), but I was dropping out. They were gracious about it, but they understood and I’m sure agreed with my reasoning.
So, about a month ago, one of the ladies from that circle asked me why I didn’t join the “Not Quilters Circle”. I immediately asked her if that was a support group for those who have found out they can NOT quilt! She assured me that that wasn’t it. It was a KNOT quilting circle, i.e., they quilt by tying knots!
That sounded perfect to me! So I’ve joined the Knot Quilting Circle and have found my quilting “home”. We meet twice a month during the winter for three hours. There are usually four or five tables with four women working at each and each table completes the knotting of between three and five quilts in that time.
We are very fortunate that the local Holiday Inn supplies us with the sheets that they are required to replace frequently (I’m told the chain requires each hotel to replace all their sheets regularly so that guests are always sleeping on fairly new sheets.)
In a church service in May the quilts will be displayed on the ends of the pews. And during the service they will be dedicated to God’s work in the world. After that they are sent anywhere blankets are needed.
What a wonderful ministry! I am very humbled to now be a part of it.
And may I just say, Wahoo! I’m no longer NOT a quilter, because now I’m a KNOT quilter! God has a place for all our “talents” we just have to look until we find them.