During the 1970s, the women of Grace Lutheran Church initiated a group called the Sewing Circle. To this day, women (both church members and friends) gather at Grace to share freely of their time and talents to make quilts and lap robes for persons in need. During the morning they work and enjoy fellowship with one another.
How Quilts Are Assembled
- The first step in making the quilts and lap robes is to cut the fabric into sized squares. Then each square is sewn together using a sewing machine. (a lap robe is sized to cover a persons lap and legs)
- While the cutting and sewing of squares is being done other persons are working on making the backing; cutting and sizing.
- When the squares (patches) and backing are ready it is then time for them to be put into a quilting frame. Here they are knotted: in the center of each square is sewn a knot using crochet thread. The final step is to hem the quilt. This is done using a sewing machine.
At a yearly worship service, the whole congregation blesses quilts that are then donated to the Zionsville Area Food Bank. If you are interested in participating in the Sewing Circle's ministry, contact the church office for more information 610-966-3325 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Materials and Donations Appreciated
The Sewing Circle relies on the generosity of Church members to donate fabric, preferably cotton, but all fabrics are appreciated. In addition, sewing thread and crocheting threads are also much needed. Also requested are old blankets and sheets. These items are used as backing for the quilts. From time-to-time monetary contributions are graciously received and are then used to purchase necessary materials.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Beginning in 2013, a Prayer Shawl Ministry was launched at Grace. Twice a month, these knitters gather to share their gifts as they work together to craft Prayer Shawls which are blessed during worship each quarter and then distributed to people for whom we have been praying during worship. To date dozens of shawls have been made, wrapped in love and then presented to those for whom we reach our with God's Grace.