Asbury’s Prayer Quilt Ministry began in 2003 when Sheri Crabtee’s husband Rick was diagnosed with cancer. Their home church Maumee United Methodist in Maumee, OH requested a prayer quilt be sent to them and it meant so much, that Sheri started the prayer quilt ministry at Asbury in hopes of reaching out to those in need at our church.
Here’s the idea! A prayer quilt is constructed and commissioned for an individual by a member of the congregation. Then the quilt is displayed on the
kneeling rails for the traditional service or in the Acts 2 contemporary service for the congregation to say a prayer for the individual, then untie a bow and tie a knot. Each knot in the quilt represents a prayer said for that individual or family. The quilt is then given to the individual to be with them during treatments or difficult times to remind them that many prayers are being said on their behalf.
Yours in Christ,
How To Request A Prayer Quilt
Church members may request a quilt for friends or family. To request a prayer quilt contact the church office. (505-299-0643) or email to the office at firstname.lastname@example.org The church office is open Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.
The requester is responsible for delivery to the recipient. We do not deliver quilts.
Prayer Quilt Meetings
The prayer quilt ministry meets Tuesday morning’s 9:30 am and the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Hospitality room for fellowship and group quilting activities. Check the Church Calendar for notes.
Each quilt takes about 15 hours to assemble, and involves several steps.
- Collecting the fabric
- Cutting the fabric and sorting it into like colors
- Choosing five colors to put together for the top and a coordinated piece for the back
- Assembling cut fabric pieces into a kit
- Sewing the pieces of the top together
- Washing and ironing pieced tops
- Sewing together the top, batting and back
- Tying bows
- Labeling finished quilts
Prayer Quilts Instructions
For the basic pattern (shown below) you need 5 coordinating fabrics. Cut 18 each 4-1/2 inch squares of each material. You will need 90 squares in all. Place the squares in the pattern below. (Tip: it is easier to sew each strip and then sew the strips together.) Then make a quilt sandwich using the completed top, a light weight batting in the middle, and a coordinating piece of yarn. Tie the quilt in the corner of each square with the yarn, making a bow. The bow will be untied, prayed upon, and tied back as a knot. Each knot representing a prayer said for the recipient.
Alternately, you might consider one of the other patterns below that use a different number of squares of each color.
For more information on the Prayer Quilt Ministry, please contact: Vicki Kerley.