Prayer quilts

I started a prayer quilt ministry at my church and have posted photos of the quilts on Facebook.
I have had lots of interest in the process so I decided to post here about how we make the quilts.
First I cut batting squares at 6 1/2″.

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I bought an accuquilt die cutter that we use to cut 8 1/2″ squares of the front and back fabrics. These squares have fringe precut all the way around.

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We make a “sandwich” with the back – batting – front.

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Next we sew an X across the squares.

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The squares are sewn into rows and the rows sewn together with the fringe pointing out on the right side.

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The quilt is washed and dried to make the fringe bloom. A yarn tie is put in each square.

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The yarn is left hanging free with no knots.
A label with the persons name is sewn on the back.

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After the quilts are blessed in Sunday worship the congregation is invited to say a prayer for the person and tie a knot with a set of threads. When the person receives the quilt they know every knot represents a prayer that was said for them.
This past Sunday we had two prayer quilts….one for a young woman battling breast cancer and one for a young soldier deployed defending our country.

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If you are interested in finding out more about the prayer quilt ministry go to Prayers and Squares.
Or check out the Fabric of Faith book.

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About Debbie Maddy

I am a quilt designer, fabric designer, author, lecturer and international traveling teacher. I love sewing, quilt making, jewelry making, fabric dyeing, cooking and traveling to teach. I especially like meeting new people ..... Seeing old friends.
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