Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Prayer Quilts


When I make simple quilts with squares or other nine patch designs, I often send forth the intention of their manifestation as prayer quilts. To me, a prayer quilt is simply a quilt in which you tie, rather than quilt, the three layers of the quilt fabric, together.

Tying each double, or even triple knot, gives you the opportunity to direct with the caring power and simple thoughts of blessing, directly from your heart, through your hands, and out into the heart of the person who will receive it. The hope is that the person who ends up receiving the quilt...in a nursing home or perhaps, even in hospice, will end up receiving not only a colorful quilt.... but lots and lots of blessings.

It doesn't matter if the quilt pattern is simple or complex, but the simpler you keep them, the faster you can make them! I like to make mine lap sized or a little bigger. This one is 52" x 75" and could be used for a wheelchair or on a cot. And as I love sending forth many quilts into the universe, I love making ones that can be made in a few days or a week's time, so many can be made and given.

Here, I was given some blocks and all of the strips, borders, and backing fabric by someone who didn't like how 'loud' it was. Well, when it comes to the need for healing energies or blessings or prayer...energizing with color can be a very good thing! And when it comes to how we think of color, pink is a powerful healing color and often used to symbolize hope, and purple is a strong spiritual color and often used for the energies of remembrance. So, I named this quilt "Hope and Remembrance."

And if you want to truly make it personal, or you belong to a church or other charitable quilting group...add a little pocket to the back and tuck in a special note or prayer of healing thoughts of your own. In any case, it is a gift that will be treasured, not only by the recipient, but by their extended family...just knowing that someone out there who didn't even know them..... still cared enough to make them a quilt.

Shown above:
Quilt #2: "Hope and Remembrance" a simple but meaning filled prayer quilt

Pattern ideas can be found among my free pattern lists:

  • Rail Fence
  • Mystery Nine Patch
  • Four Patch in a Square
  • Cross on the Back
  • Prayer Square Mini Quilt
  • Baptismal Square
  • Military Prayer Squares
  • 3" Pocket Prayer Quilts
  • Prayer Square Pillows/ Covers


  • No time to make a quilt? Make a String Pieced Prayer Pocket Pillow and still tuck in good thoughts and blessings :)

    Additional information on prayer quilts can be found at:
    Making Prayer Quilts Prayerquilts.org...a quilting ministry
    Prayer Quilts ...a beautiful Catholic quilting ministry with truly lovely quilts
    Making Prayer Quilt from...Visit our Simple Life
    A Quilter's Prayer ....shared by Bonnie of Quiltville.com


    Finn's New Year's Eve Small Projects Challenge:
    Small Project #14: Mulled Wine Mug Mat

    Finn's New Year's Eve Quilt Challenge:
    Quilt #11: Twilight Dreams
    Quilt #10:Far, Far, Away
    Quilt #9:Green and Scrappy Love
    Quilt #7 and #8: Follow Your Heart 1 and 2
    Quilt #6: Stringing Along
    Quilt #5: Within the Depths
    Quilt #4: Irish Eyes
    Quilt #3: Under the Pines
    Quilt #2: Hope and Remembrance
    Quilt #1 Hop to It!

    Finn's New Year's Eve Small Projects Challenge:
    Small Project #14: Mulled Wine Mug Mat
    Small Project #11-13: Two pillowcases and a senior bib
    Small Project #10:Follow Your Heart Potholder
    Small Projects #2-9: sr bib, potholders and a bag
    Small Project #1: Get Well Postcard


    4 comments:

    1. Another awesome quilt Michele. You seem to have the ability to gather the strengths of the Universe and direct them into something of your choosing. Even just reading the post, one can sense that this quilt truly carried with it healing energy and inner strength. I especially like that you emphasize that quilts don't need to be large or complicated. Much of existance is sustained by bread, water and love. Sending you lots of healing energy to kick that cold, big hugs, Finn

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    2. What a lovely and thoughtful idea! I often sign the quilts I make with an embroidered message "With Love in Every Stitch."

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    3. That quilt is beautiful and I really appreciate that you do so much for others. Giving of yourself is such a wonderful thing and I know many have been blessed by your hands...which are an extension of His.

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    4. It is beautiful - I think the purple and the pink are just gorgeous. I'm adding a prayer that it heals and comforts the recipient.

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