I am so excited! I launched a four week quilting program for children at PWOC today! Long-time readers of my blog know that I help teach a Bible study group for women sponsored by Fort Bragg chapels (PWOC – Protestant Women of the Chapel). Our spring Bible studies ended in May, and the group of ladies will meet this summer only in July, anticipating a kick-off in September of the Fall studies. Since watch care for children is provided, I volunteered to teach “Introduction to Patchwork Quilting Design” to kids 8 years old and older. About 20 girls showed up today!
In developing a curriculum for the 4 weekly lessons, I selected four patchwork blocks with biblically based names: Garden of Eden, Jacob’s Ladder, Star of Bethlehem, and Cross and Crowns. Each week, we’ll do several activities centered around the patchwork block and talk about the Bible passage it is derived from. Rachel and Sarah are happy with their construction paper puzzle arrangements.
Today, the girls began designing a personal placemat made of 3″ print squares. And I’m planning a group project . . . making a “Chinese Coins” baby quilt for the NICU of the local hospital. (Although they are designing the placemats and baby quilt, I’ll probably do most of the sewing.) Throughout July, I plan to share with you the fun projects created in the class.
Here’s my block made with Civil War reproduction fabrics. The colors symbolize the concepts covered in the Bible lesson today. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and dark sin (black) entered the world. But Jesus’ took the punishment for our sins by dying for us (red); this washes our sins away (white). We can grow in our faith (green) and be with God in heaven (gold) when we die.
According to an internet source, the four diamonds are traditionally made with green fabric to symbolize the trees in the Garden, and the blue central cross symbolizes the four rivers that flowed out of Eden (Genesis 2:10).