Friday, January 10, 2014
Gifts of LOVE
First I need to explain what "home teaching" is for those of you who don't know. In our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we have a program called Home Teaching. Each of the men in the congregation are asked to look out for several families in the congregation, checking in on them, helping them when needed,
"For Christmas 2012, I made a Christmas mouse ornament for our seven home teaching families. I wanted them to have something that was made just for them....The families were gracious about the gift, but I felt they deserved more. I resolved I would make each of them, as well as my home teaching companion, a Christmas quilt for the following year.
Once I had the patterns for the blocks, I looked for fabric. I tried catalogs, quilting stores, Walmart, any place that had fabric I found some fabric with panels of the items: the Nativity
For the outer edges, I decided to make a piano key border. I would use the reds and greens from the borders and principle features. In addition,
The first of December I asked Greg (my home teaching companion) and his wife, Carlene, to come to our house. When they arrived I showed them the quilts and asked her to pick which one she wanted and which one should I give to each of our families. They took their quilt home and hung it on the wall and were very pleased Over the next two weeks, Greg and I visited each of our families and presented them with their quilt. They all seemed happy to receive them as I explained their meaning and how I thought they could be used to teach children and grandchildren the true meaning of Christmas."
I just can't tell you how impressed and inspired I am by this story. What a labor of love each quilt is and Brad made EIGHT in one year. The families he looks after and cares for must indeed feel his love and THAT is the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you Brad for sharing your story!!