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Thou hast revealed the earthly majesty of the dwelling place of the holy glory, O Lord, as the brilliance of the firmament on high. Make firm its foundation unto ages of ages, and receive our fervent supplications which are offered to thee, there in, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O life and Resurrection of all.

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Prayer Quilt Ministry

The Prayer Quilt Ministry was established at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church on June 8, 2007. What is the PQM? It is a group of ladies that make small “quilts” to give to those who need our prayers and support. On the back of each finished quilt we place a label with the name of the recipient that it was made by the Prayer Quilt Ministry, the date it was made and a little poem. The poem says, “This quilt sewn together with utmost care, made with our love, sending you our prayers.” When each quilt is completed members of the church tie a knot on the top side of the quilt. As that knot is tied the person says a prayer for that person. The quilt is then flipped over and the person can either just sign their name or write a brief message to the person to whom the quilt is to be given. When the signing is completed the quilt is then delivered to the recipient.

PQM meets twice a month or as needed to assemble the quilts. Since its inception we have distributed 39 quilts. Most of the supplies needed are donated, or purchased with money donated at a PQM sponsored coffee hour. Please join us in the important ministry. If you enjoy sewing please consider joining us but no, you do not need to know how to sew to participate in this work- there are many ways to assistant rather than with needle and thread!

Watch the bulletin and the website for information on meeting times and location.

Prayer Quilt Instructions.

  • Supplies: Crib size batting, 1.25 yards of 2 fabrics (top and back), 2 pkgs. Binding, thread and matching yarn or ribbon for tying.
  1. Wash, dry, and iron the quilt top and the backing material.
  2. Place the backing material on the table face down, the batting on top if that, then the quilt top face up over the batting, sandwiching the batting between the quilt top and bottom and securing the three pieces together with safety pins in a randomly spaced pattern to hold the layers in place. Trim edges to the quilt size needed.
  3. Finish the quilt edge with bias tape binding. Open the edge of the bias tape and align it with the edge of the sandwiched quilt on the wrong side. Pin in place. Sew the bias tape with a basting stitch in the fold line closest to the edge of the quilt.
  4. When complete, refold the bias tape to enclose the edge and top stitch to the right side of the fabric. Then, with a tapestry needle threaded with an arm's length of yarn (without a knotted end), insert the needle down through all three layers at the bottom-right corner of the quilt about 4 inches in from both edges, leaving a 4-inch tail of yarn. Push the needle back up through all three layers about ¼ inch away from where you inserted the needle initially. Cut the yarn, leaving another 4-inch tail. This creates one stitch.
  5. Using a paper template or grid of some sort, continue making a stitch at evenly spaced intervals until the quilt layers are completely secured with the checkerboard of stitches. Be sure to sew the yarn through all three layers of the quilt and leave the 4 inches of yarn on the top of the quilt to tie later.
  6. The label is then attached to the back of the quilt. Whenever someone knots the tails together they say a prayer for the intended recipient, and then turning the quilt over and using an indelible cloth marker, write their name or a note over the back side of the knot. This is done for most yarn stitches. When complete, the knot tails are tied and trimmed to about 1 ½ inches.