Last week I should have mailed Christmas cards, wrapped gifts, baked cookies, and decorated the house. I didn’t. I did, however, make 34 quilts in two days. . . . .
Okay, so they’re bitty, bitty quilts. But they have a really special story, and I’m so tickled that I actually made and delivered them. Since my kids have been in school (seven years now), I’ve had the awesome opportunity to help with our school’s kindergarten quilt project. The kindergarteners bring in fabric from home (everything from felt to sport t-shirts to baptismal gowns, or plain cotton from the chain stores), and also make painted handprints on white fabric. Then I get all those squares, and turn them into two quilts, one for each kindergarten class. Then those quilts go to our church’s Respect Life ministry, where they’re passed on to mommies in difficult pregnancies. It’s a wonderful project, and a very special way for the kids to learn how to love and care for other people. This year, I wanted to give the kids a souvenir to remember their participation in the project, and a tangible way to see the Bible verse where Jesus says, “Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me.”
So I made the two quilt tops, photographed them, and printed the photographs on fabric paper (the June Taylor paper worked wonderfully this time!) Then I layered the photos with plain fabric, right sides together, and sewed the little quilts just like you would a coaster. After turning and pressing them, I topstitched all the way around the quilt, so I didn’t even need to handstitch the opening closed. Voila, quilts for kiddos in no time flat!
When we gave the quilts to the kids, we told them they could wrap them around the baby Jesus in their family nativity set to remind them of the special way they helped babies in our community, and Jesus Himself. I don’t know what the rest of the classes thought, but my kindergartener loved hers, and pestered me nonstop to set up the nativity so she could wrap up Jesus.
Now I’m off to wrap presents and all those other minor details that I pushed aside last week. I hope you and your family have a delightfully Merry Christmas filled with blessings. I can’t wait to catch up with you again in the new year!! 2014- what quilty fun we’re going to have!!!!