Mission of loving stitches
For nine hours on Saturday, Feb. 25, seven women from our church and another from the Hope Gate Way congregation in Portland united for the single mission of providing warmth to recent immigrants from Burundi.
Led by organizer Judith Hill, the women created seven quilts from scratch, stitch by stitch, painstakingly focusing on each panel from a rainbow of colors. By the end of the afternoon, the quilts were spread across the Narthex floor, reflecting the meticulous work the women had accomplished and the pride with which the church will present these gifts on March 11.
The participating women from our church included Jane Beckwith, Gail Parker, Kay Young, Shirley Maxwell-Royall, Margaret Braun, the Rev. Ruth Morrison, Judith Hill and Lisa McNeil from Hope Gate Way. Viveca Kwan was not able to attend the Quilting Saturday, but did work from home and contributed a quilt to the Burundi families.
Each woman selected and purchased the colors of fabric for their quilts and worked independently, with Judith’s guidance, for a brilliant array of blues, reds, oranges, golds, pinks and whites. The final products were distinctly the result of individual preference.
Some members of the Burundi community attended a Martin Luther King Day event at our church in January.
While the quilters worked almost non-stop from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, they did break for lunch when Steve Hill delivered a kettle of homemade pasta-bean soup.
After serving his pasta-bean soup for lunch, Steve Hill took this photo of his pleased customers.
Thank you to all the women who made this quilting marathon possible and also to everyone who plans to attend the special event on March 11.
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