We are no longer surprised by how much the quilts mean to those who receive them, or by the "coincidences" that occur. An example is a woman who received a quilt with a pansy print fabric. She said it was a great comfort and that pansies had been her favorite flower from childhood.
The tops are composed of small blocks of fabric sewn together in patterns. The backing is usually a single large piece of fabric. Cotton batting is placed between the top and back to provide warmth and softness. The layers are fastened together with ties, the quilt is bound and a label is sewn on. It can take members three or more weeks to complete a quilt. There are many processes that involve many hands.
Each Knot Represents a Prayer
The idea behind prayer quilts is simple. The quilt layers are hand tied together rather than traditionally quilted. A heavy thread is used to take stitches through the quilt layers, and the ends are left free to be tied with square knot. As each knot is tied, a silent prayer is said for the person to receive it. Prayer Quilt members sign each quilt with a personal message. The quilt is blessed then delivered. Quilts have been made for the ill at every stage of life and for those struggling with difficult situations.
Prayer squares, mini quilts, are given as an expression of compassion and/or support. Sometimes a situation is urgent but not critical.
Military squares are small enough to fit inside a helmet but big enough to transmit the message that all of our soldiers are precious and that their loved ones have chosen this very personal way to reach out to them.