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Thursday, July 13, 2006


Prayer quilts provide peace

By Richard Dymond

MANATEE, FL - With its textured feel and patchwork of colors, a quilt can delight the senses and create a rush of happy memories.

But a group of local women say a quilt may even possess the power to heal and bring peace to people going through tough circumstances.

"I was nervous about my upcoming surgery so I had the nurses put my prayer square under the table in the operating room," said Judy Bogue, a local woman who needed elbow surgery after a fall. "It made me feel comfortable."

Bogue is among 20 people, including some premature babies and other youngsters, who have received prayer quilts and smaller prayer squares sewn by Prayers & Squares, a national prayer quilt ministry with a local chapter based out of The Church at Bradenton - First Church of God, 2520 43rd St. W.

The chapter was started by church members Wendy Jo Lowe and Nadine Cunningham.

"I find the work immensely satisfying," Lowe said of her new volunteer life as a quilter. "It's a multi-generational activity. We have kids of all ages taking part."

Read the entire article in the Bradenton Herald now.


Housewarming quilt captures spirit of renewal

Housewarming QuiltBy Karen Middleton

Athens, AL - One-hundred and fifteen squares of inscribed fabric tell the story of a community’s regard for a man.

On Saturday, friends and family of Richard Martin gathered for a housewarming at his rebuilt Elkmont home and presented him with a quilt comprised of personalized squares, each constructed by family and friends.

Lightning struck Martin’s three-year-old “dream house” on Jan. 13 while he was in Atlanta visiting a daughter. Elkmont firefighters, friends and family were able to save most of Martin’s business files and historical research documents from his home office, but several prized pieces of antique furniture fell victim to the flames.

The roof was completely burned off and there was heavy water damage throughout. After considering his options, Martin decided to bulldoze the walls and completely rebuild the house.

He hired ABC Builders Inc., owned by Brian and Robyn Abernathy, and the contractors rebuilt the house in less than six months using the plans from the first house.

“I added a room in the back,” said Martin. “I call it a fight room for the grandkids.”

Martin’s sister, Mamie Neese, and his sister-in-law, Mary Pat Martin, came up with the idea for the quilt as a housewarming gift and sent out requests and quilt blocks to his many friends. Then they took the 115 returned squares to Rena Turner, who put them all together, added a border and had the piece quilted.

Read the entire article at the Athens News-Courier now.

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