Monday, August 13, 2012

Now I Can Tell All

My church quilting group was asked, back in February, to make preaching stoles for the nominees for Moderator of the United Church of Canada. They thought they would need 8 stoles. Since there were 8 of us in the room at the time, we thought, sure, no problem, one each.
A week later, they wanted 10, then 12, then 15....and of course, with a budget of next to nothing.
We quit believing the numbers, and bought fabric for 22 stoles. We found a lovely, light weight suiting for only $5/m, so we took all that Fabricland had, then bought more at a second Fabricland.
With the weather in June turning very warm, very quickly, we joined together and turned the church into a "sweatshop" (most of the sweat was because of the heat).




We had stations for cutting fabric and interfacing, serging the cut edges, fusing the interfacing, kitting the stoles, basting the embroidery patches, and sewing the final seams. As well, the cutting ladies moved to turning around the finished stoles, later in the day.
Finished Stole
We didn't manage to get all the stoles finished that day, but we had enough done that they could be completed easily at home. Last week we sewed labels into 21 stoles.
It's no wonder I can't get my own work done.

WIP Update:

I have finished most of the quilting on my wall hanging. I think it needs a little more quilting in the corners, but I have to decide what I want to quilt there. I have found the rest of the fabric, that I was saving for the binding. The wall hanging should be done this week.


11 comments:

  1. Bravo, Kate - the stoles turned out awesome under your very capable leadership. I love the sign on the post in your work space!

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  2. just curious, did they publicly thank you for your work and expense? Sure is alot of work and beautifully done at that!

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  3. Kate, those are absolutely fabulous. I'm with Susan. I really hope all your hard work was recognized.

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  4. the stole looks great ... I have be thinking of making one or more for a few pastors I know and of course for our current pastor. That maybe a fall project.
    in stitches

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  5. the stoles are lovely. Looking forward to seeing the finished quilting...

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  6. very pretty stoles....isn't it fun working together

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  7. What a great collaborative effort!

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  8. Yes I hope they acknowledged the efforts of all the ladies who participated:)

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  9. Beautiful work! Well done! A bit of a 'loaves and fishes' story, eh?

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  10. That's a labour of love for sure. Well done!

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  11. Love the sign, the collaboration, the thriftiness, your generosity and hope your work was was publicly praised!

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