Holy Family Chapel Quilt

Martha’s Quilters is a group at St. Martha’s church in Kingwood which has a mission of providing prayer quilts to parishioners who are ill. We were recently requested to make a quilt for the new chapel. It would be a special quilt in memory of one of the long time members of our group, Pat Reid, who donated the funds to build the new chapel.

We began by choosing a stained glass image of the holy family that we found on Pinterest. It was transferred to paper as a simple line drawing.

Original line drawing for quilt

Next, we auditioned many different fabrics for the various areas of the design.

We chose mostly jewel tones and batiks. They looked great against the black bias strips representing the leading for the “stained glass”. The faces and halos were painted using acrylics and fabric paint on white fabric.

After cutting and fusing the sections down, the black bias was carefully hand appliquéd in place. The family was then cut away from the base fabric and fused onto a new background of textured beige. The quilt looked good at this point, but needed something more.

Our friend Pat had been an avid gardener and a member of the Kingwood Garden Club for many years. To honor this interest of hers, it was decided to add a border of flowers and include many purple ones, because purple was Pat’s favorite color.

Adding the floral border

The floral border greatly enhanced the quilt by reflecting the colors in the family and introducing small details that could be found by close inspection. Birds, frogs, butterflies and angels can all be found within the floral border, as well as Pat’s own name (which had been on her well-used walker bag).

Addition of “Pat” surrounded by her favorite color : purple

Here is the inscription on the label:


Label inscription

And here is the image of the finished quilt:

Finished quilt

This project was truly a group effort of all of the members of Martha’s Quilters who spent long hours cutting, fusing, stitching, quilting, embroidering and binding the quilt. It reflects Pat’s love of gardens and flowers, her great faith and her love of all things purple. May she rest in peace.

Cana Jars

On a trip to Israel in October of 2017 with my church group, we visited the little town of Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding feast. A church has been constructed at this site and inside the church, on either side of the altar stood 3 stone jars of the type and form that were used during Jesus’ time. Here is a photo of what they looked like:

Church at Cana, Israel with 6 water/wine jars on the altar.

The jars really caught my attention and I knew that they would make a great subject for a quilt.

I began by making paper shapes of the stone jars and arranging them on my design wall. I imagined the jars to be painted different colors and started building them one by one using fabrics in a collage method.

Building the first jar

First two jars with paper outlines of placement of 3 others.

Next post will show the remaining jars and the finished quilt.

Cot Cover

This quilt was commissioned by Teresa McGlynn for her business of transporting bodies from their place of residence (or hospice) to the funeral home. She had contacted me about making something that could be used for her Catholic and Christian families.  She had been using a  plain upholstery fabric to cover the wrapped bodies. She allowed me to make all the design decisions, which included the cross  surrounded by a light to dark scale of watercolor fabrics. It was tied and the binding stitched by Martha’s Quilters.  Feedback from Teresa has been extremely positive, families feel a strong connection to the religious symbolism and are comforted by the quilt.
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Nativity Quilt

This quilt was made by Martha’s Quilters using a pattern published by Paper Panache.  It was paper pieced by a team of 6 women over a period of 6 weeks.  It was auctioned at the church Fall Festival for a price of $2200.  It was the most money we have ever made on a group quilt.