A group of us gather one Saturday a month to make 'Prayer Knot Quilts'--lap quilts and pieced throws for people who are in need of prayer. We use donated fabric and sometimes it is a stretch to imagine that the mismatched pieces and scraps that we are given will amount to a "thing of beauty to behold!" For instance, the batik fabric pictured here would never have been my choice to use but it turned out beautifully!
Once the tops are pieced, they are layered with batting and backing and stitched with colorful thread, ready to be tied by members of our church.
The prayer knot quilts are displayed in the sanctuary, not to be shown off, but so that everyone can participate in this ministry by tying knots and praying for the quilt recipient. Cards are provided to write personal messages.
My favorite thing about this ministry is that EVERYONE in church can be involved. It just takes a moment or two to tie a knot and say a prayer.
I also love the parable these quilts can tell. We are all a little scrappy and mismatched. We aren't going to be in l-o-v-e with everyone else in our church. But with some teamwork and a little trimming and some strategic color placement, we can make a beautiful body of believers to represent God's love!