Last year at the end of March 2018 my sweet hubby and I had the privilege of flying to 29Palms, CA for the Constitution Ceremony of Pillar Church of 29Palms that our church had planted the previous year when three families were sent to the desert to plant said church.
My original intention was to create quilts to give to each of the families when they were sent off, but alas I had too many other obligations to meet that self-imposed deadline. After sending the families off, I immediately set a new goal of having all three quilts finished by the time the church was constituted, which was scheduled for May 2018.
But then God did a miraculous work. The church plant was growing so quickly they were ready to constitute much sooner than they had expected and they moved the ceremony to March and I panicked a bit, I hadn't started any of the quilts let alone picked out any of the fabric. Late-February I started digging through my stash picking out fabric. I finally started cutting out pieces February 27th.
|strips cut and organized, ready to piece|
|Quilt tops pieced and ready to sandwich for quilting|
|pinned and ready to quilt|
Amazingly I had all three quilts finished and ready to pack by March 21, just a day or two before it was time to leave. Normally I'm finishing up those last stitches on the binding while we travel to our destination. But this time, by the grace of God I was finished and I could breathe a sigh of relief.
These three quilts were almost the only thing in my luggage. I wasn't about to send them through in a checked bag and risk the possibility of losing my luggage.
We flew into Las Vegas and our friends came to pick us up for the drive to 29 Palms. Seeing the Grand Canyon from the air was pretty awe inspiring...now I just need to visit it from the ground someday. I can only imagine how amazing it is up close and personal.
|Grand Canyon as seen from the plane.|
We greatly enjoyed catching up with friends and hearing about the amazing work God was using them to do right there in the desert. What a blessing to be even a small part of their work and what an honor to be invited to be there for the Constitution Service of this new church.
|My sweet hubby was given the honor of installing both pastors.|
|Constitution ready for the founding members to sign during the service.|
After dinner one evening we finally had the opportunity to present all three families with their personal quilt made and prayed over with them in mind.
The crazy thing is I always worry that the recipients of the quilts I make won't like them. But gauging from the huge smiles and ohhhs and ahhhs we heard, I think it can safely be said that they were loved and appreciated.
|This label was on each quilt with each families name|
Before we headed back to Virginia we took a trip to Joshua Tree National Park for a short hike.
|My sweet hubby|
And much too quickly it was time to head back to Las Vegas for our flight home. We were on the road before sunrise which gave me the opportunity for some interesting silhouette shots as the sun came up.
|Coal Train at Sunrise|
|Joshua Trees at Sunrise|
Quilting Stats (each quilt is approximately the same):
Quilt Name: "Called By The Lord Your God"
Approx. Finished size: 48" x 66"
Quilt Pattern: LogCabin Christian Cross by QuiltFOX Design
Batting: Heirloom Premium Batting 80/20 Blend
Quilting Thread: 50wt. Aurifil
Quilting: Free Motion Quilted using Artistic Quilter SD18
Thank you for stopping by and sharing in my quilting journey!
Happy Quilting and God Bless,