I’m (k)not quilting, and loving it!

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.

It is so much fun to see the quilts that members of the group have pieced together just for this purpose.

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.)

There are three layers — the pieced top, the sheet lining and another fabric for the backing.

The ladies who are very experienced at this, bring their own pair of pliers to help them get the big needles needed for the thick yarn through the three layers of fabric.

Then someone else follows along behind and cuts the yarn between the stitches and then ties a knot at each stitch.  That’s what I do so far.

By the end of the three hours, there are an impressive number of knotted quilts that are then ready for members to take home to bind the edges.  That is the finishing touch.

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.

8 Responses to I’m (k)not quilting, and loving it!

  1. Hilary says:

    Very cool, Sandra. For some reason, I’ve got this old song running around in my head.. “I got penty of knottin’ and knottin’s plenty for me” 😉

  2. C. Beth says:

    I love it! What a great way to fellowship, get crafty, and give warmth to someone who needs it!

  3. Linda says:

    I loved the hands in the photo with the needle and pliers. Those are the hands of a woman who has used them in the service of others. One of our friends gave us a knotted quilt for a wedding gift and had wedding guests sign it on the back. It was a beautiful and treasured gift. I’m sure the quilts you all are laboring over will be treasured by the recipients.

  4. Sandra says:

    Hilary — I love that! I think I’ll suggest that be the theme song for the group! 🙂

    Beth — I know. That’s exactly the way I feel about it. I’m even going to get out some fabrics I have and see if I can do a simple pieced top. Wish me luck! 😉

    Linda — They are a great group of women. I’m really enjoying working of this with them. And I do look at some of the quilts, like the one in most of the pictures, and think about some little girl who doesn’t have much to call her own, being given that quilt, and how special it might become to her.

  5. mary says:

    I think that should be there theme song too..that is actually quite clever…very nice!!!

  6. Dave says:

    Well done Sandra. You have found you knotch – Dave

  7. carlahoag says:

    I just love being in a stitching group, but haven ‘t done it for years.

    There’s a wonderful quilt fabric shop in Fort Worth. A few years ago I was in there and saw a group at the work tables cutting fabric into fat quarters (this area was out in the shopping area, not a back room). They were from a quilting guild and I asked if I could attend a meeting or help with the cutting, I was told ‘no’, which was embarrassing and a bit surprising.

    How lovely that your church has these groups.

    Cutting yarn, now that’s a job I could do!

    P.S. I’ve been wondering how you fared through all those storms. Were they near you? Are all your family members okay?

  8. Sandra says:

    Mary — I agree! 🙂

    Dave — Very clever. You and Hilary (who I know you read too) have the same kind of clever minds — which I enjoy. 🙂

    Carla — I’m glad that quilting group didn’t “accept” you — you wouldn’t have been happy with a group whose tendency apparently is to exclude rather than include! 🙂

    We’re all fine, but boy the southern part of our state really caught the worst of it. Thanks for thinking of us, friend. 🙂

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