I met Margaret 8 years ago when she joined my church family. She is an amazing woman. She was born deaf, but was able to have her hearing in one ear restored to 80% of normal when she was 9. She has a number of other disabilities, but she hasn’t let them keep her down. She is one of the most encouraging people I know, and her love for God and sharing His word is huge. She is a blessing to me.
So when she decided to move to Mt. Pleasant, WI to be nearer to her adopted family, we were all saddened to have her move away, but grateful for the new adventure she has ahead of her.
Last week our mutual friend Ann was planning a Sunday School lesson focusing on how much Margaret means to all of us. She asked if I had a small quilt or table runner we could give her to go along with the lesson. My first thought was “why didn’t I think of that?” My second “I need to make her a lap quilt to snuggle up in when she wants to feel the love from her Calvary family”. So, I dug through my UFO bin and found a stack of “25 patch” blocks I’d collected in an exchange at Patched Lives Quilt Guild.
I squared them up and sewed them together. It was a joy and they went together effortlessly. Then I made the quilt sandwich and had fun free motion quilting spirals in the dark squares,
leaving the light squares for signatures! I signed first and here’s what I wrote:
Everyone in class signed it and this week we had more of Margaret’s church family autograph her friendship quilt as she said here good-byes.
We had a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch and took the opportunity to have a picture taken of our Sunday School class. I’m blessed to have all of these wonderful sisters in Christ in my life.
Dear Margaret, May God bless you in your new home. We are all so glad to call you our friend!
Just a short message to quilters in southeastern Wisconsin
I have been teaching at Waukesha County Technical College for over 23 years, and it’s been a wonderful ride. Recently the college announced they will be discontinuing the adult enrichment classes. These include Quilting, Sewing, Reupholstery, Drapery, Clock Repair, and many more.
I feel it is sad that these classes, which are really important to the retired members of our community, will disappear.
SEW – WHAT CAN YOU DO???
Well, the college will be having a hearing concerning these classes this Tuesday, May 14th at 5pm, at the Richard Anderson Center on the Pewaukee Campus. In the past these types of decisions have been overturned if the outcry from the community is big enough.
PLEASE CONSIDER SHOWING UP! You don’t have to say anything, but we’re hoping for a huge crowd to show support for our classes. So, bring your friends and be there :-). Thank you!