Patchwork and Song Memories

October 17, 2008 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

Back home again after an amazing couple of weeks “on the road” with Patchwork and Song. We loved meeting so many dear people, and we were deeply moved by your responses to our stories and songs.

The mountain of quilts piled up at the end of the day looked the same, but each place we visited was a little different:

Gull Lake, Alberta was the temporary home for a delightful group of quilters ranging from teens to grandmas. I got a chance to teach the 8-pointed star technique for those who were working on the Shepherd’s Light quilt, and to offer advice and suggestions for others just beginning the Word in Patchwork sampler. Best of all, for me:our Patchwork and Song presentation was preceded by a “trunk show” of their quilts from The Word in Patchwork. Every one was unique, and uniquely beautiful. Unfortunately, my photos of the Gull Lake quilts are still in Saskatoon on Gaye’s computer, but I hope to have them uploaded in the Quilters’ Neighbourhood gallery soon!

Thanks to Gaye’s Aunt Gladys and Uncle Gordon for your hospitality and for an evening of heart-to-heart conversation. As always, I felt as though I have been adopted into a very loving clan: God bless you both!

Saskatoon Church of God is Gaye’s home church. Praying with Pastor Bob early in the afternoon certainly helped us prepare for the evening with a small but very friendly group. It’s always a treat to see Gaye’s friend [and mine too!] Sharon, and to reconnect with Gaye’s daughter Bonnie [who was one of our “Vannas” together with Sharon’s daughter Claire….thanks ladies!]. We met new friends too as we had some time to chat at the end of the evening. It was fun to have Gaye’s husband David join us to sing with Gaye on a couple of songs and to man the sound system for us.

Bethany Manor in Saskatoon was our last stop, and what a wonderful way to finish! Our biggest audience by far, there were over 100 seniors [including a handful of gentlemen!]. We presented a shorter program, using wall space and chair backs to display the remaining quilts. David joined us again, and the two Kurtzes chose some more traditional songs to fit the themes of the quilts. The highlight for us was hearing these dear Mennonite folks sing “Silent Night” in German with beautiful harmony. I’m grateful for waterproof mascara: it may have been October, but I certainly had Christmas in my heart after that amazing treat!

Our time at Bethany Manor finished up with a wonderful time of fellowship with a dear couple and their sister-in-law who hosted us for scrumptious cinnamon buns and tea accompanied by thrilling conversation about their lives and ministry on the mission field in Africa.

I had much to mull over on my return journey. From my vantage point behind the microphone, I could certainly see that God was working in your hearts and spirits. We saw lots of laughter and more than a few tears as you responded to the quilts, the stories and the songs.

If you attended Patchwork and Song, we’d love to hear from you! We’d certainly like to know what has happened to any seeds we may have planted–A friend calls it “Holy Curiosity”. At any rate, we’re trusting that God will send along others to water and harvest. We are privileged indeed to be among His workers!

God bless!

Kim and Gaye

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