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Thread: Prayer Shawl Quilt pattern and question

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    Hi- I've been interested in making a prayer shawl and need to pick your wise brains. The patterns I've come across are for knitting and crocheting, two talents I do not possess. I did see a book advertised for quilted ones and before I take the plunge on that - Are the knitted and crocheted shawls basically a rectangle that are draped across the shoulders? Seems to me that you could use the same dimensions for a quilted one and be as creative as you wanted. What are your thoughts on this?

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    Prayer Shawls can be rectangle or triangle, doesn't really matter. They are usually longer than a scarf so it can wrap completely around the front so feel more like a hug.

    As far as an actual pattern to follow, sky is the limit. According to "legend" the knitted or crocheted shawl was to have a prayer attached to each stitch for the recipient. You can do the same with a quilt but the prayer would be on each piece of fabric on the quilt.

    Hope this helps. Basically if you are making it a quilt you could think of it as a very long table runner.

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    Bless you crashnquilt :) :) :)

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    I saw a book on quilted prayer shawls at Hobby Lobby. I believe the idea is to be in a prayerful attitude while working on the prayer shawls. I don't think the pattern matters as much as the intent.

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    I am at present knitting a prayer shawl. I have made two for gifts and, yes, you are to pray for the person that is receiving the shawl as it is made.

    I would think that a quilted one would be quite heavy. The ones I have made take 3 skeins of homespun yarn. Also, knitting is very easy.

    Do you have a place near you that offers classes in knitting, crocheting, etc? That might be the way to go.

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    I was in the LQS the other day and there was a lady in there buying a Pashmina (sp) shawl that she was going to machine embroider. She said it would be a prayer shawl for her sister.

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    I have the Prayer Shawl Quilts Book, there are 9 patterns in it. Looks like the Leisure Arts Books, but is put out by DRG ,306 East Parr Road, Berne, IN 46711 Telephone 260-589-4000. Also has House of White Birches. All the patterns are nice. I bought mine at A.C.Moore, hope this helps you out.

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    I will check when I go tomorrow to see if there are anymore. With a 50%off coupon and my employee discount, I can get most everything dirt cheep!!!

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    I don't think a quilted one would be so heavy, depending on what you make it with. I think it would be of comfort, I know that if I were to receive one it would mean the world to me.

    You've given me a wonderful idea for a gift for a dear friend that is going through a tough time, though.

    Hugs,
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    I'm thinking that a lightweight quilt might work out very well. I work in a hospital and thought maybe I would make a few to give to our pastoral office. The triangle shape just might be the ticket here. I have taken classes on crocheting to do rugs, but I'm soooo not good at it. My mother tried teaching me to knit and thought about poking me with the needles a few times hahaha..... what an incredible gift though, a physical sign of prayers- there is nothing stronger!

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    Oh Cathy, i've never heard of a prayer shawl, that shounds incredibly awesome! I know the lap quilt Henry made me, every time i wrap up in it, it feels like a prayer quilt, like prayers are being said for me. That is an awesome idea you have, to give to the pastoral team, there is nothing people like better, than the comfort of a quilt wrapped around them. You are too awesome! Show us pictures when you get some done for sure!!! :) :) :)

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    Cathy ~ I am the coordinator of The Prayer Shawl Ministry at our church. It is truly a very meaningful ministry! When I started the group, I got most of my information from the world wide website: www.shawlministry.com/ Yes, most of the shawls are knit or crochet, but a quilted shawl would be wonderful as well. The shawls made by the women in my group are as unique and beautiful as the person who creates them. Some are rectangular, some are triangular, some are a small wrap and others are the size of a lap robe. There are really no "rules", per se, other than it should be created prayerfully, comfortable to the touch, and easy care machine wash & dry. As I say to my ministers, this is no time to invest in scratchy wool that needs to be hand washed and blocked! A simple lap sized quilt done in soft flannels would be perfect. Please do not hesitate to PM me if you would like any more information. I think you will find the website helpful and inspiring. Again, this is a beautiful ministry and I'm excited to see it grow. Bless you, bless you, bless you ~ Nita

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    This is going to be so fun! I will certainly post a picture when the idea gets jelled out :):) Right now its a rumblin' around in my brain for a pattern hahahaa...

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    prayer shawls are a true blessing. When my then 7 1/2 year old DD has surgery last year, she received a prayer shawl from our Ministry at church. The woman who picked it out went into the storage area, prayed about which one to choose, chose it and then gave it to my daughter. Ended up that my daughter's school secretary was the one who knitted it! What a God-thing! It's been almost a year and the shawl is still on the foot of her bed...and will go to the hospital with her for her next surgery in March!

    Blessings to you!

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    I agree, God does guide us in these things. To me its always amazing when I shut up and actually listen, the answer is there :) :)

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    I think there are lots of patterns you could use that could symbolize dif things. For instance, diamond patterns, diamonds can represent the love and strength of god, 9 patch chains, can symbolize that we are not alone, we are all linked together, hearts, flowers, all these things, you will find something to portray your special message, and it will be beautiful. A quilt label with a prayer or scripture verse, all these things, whatever you think of, will make your quilts precious :)

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    Hey Barb M- those are great ideas :) :) :) thank you :)

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    What a wonderful gift a quilted prayer shawl would be.

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    Cathy ~ My ministry attaches a Presentation Tag to each prayer shawl we give. It reads as such:

    This shawl was handmade for you.
    As it was created, I prayed for you.
    I asked the Lord to heal you
    in body, mind, and spirit.
    When you wear this shawl
    may you be cradled in hope,
    kept in joy,
    graced with peace,
    and wrapped in love.

    Prayerfully made by
    ____(insert name)___________

    Unfortunately, it is a bit "wordy' to use for a quilt label. but you could make a pretty tag to attach to your quilted shawl. Ours looks sort of like a bookmark, made out of layered card stock, pretty sticker, ribbon to attach (my passion before quilting was rubber stamping/card making).
    Nita

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    Nita- thank you so much for your post. What a kind prayer- you know, everyday I am reminded of how wonderful people are on this earth. :) :) :)

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    I use amazon.com a lot, I got a brand new book for 20 cents, 3.99 shipping. I ironed the ribbon book mark and gave it as gift. it was in perfect condition. I get quilting books for 3-10 depending on the book. check it out. I only once had a problem with a book being delivered late, in about 6 years.

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    I am a member of the Prayer Quilt Ministry and we make quilts to be provided to those who are hurting or need prayers just like the recipients of the prayer shawls. We make our quilts lap sized, no wider than a width of fabric so we do not have to piece the backing. If the quilt is wider, we insert a large cross as the fill in to make the backing wider. I also was given a prayer shawl by one of my daughters and it is rectangular and lap sized.

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    I have not been able to do this yet, but have this website flagged for my "to do" list for the year: http://www.prayerquilt.org/

    Lots of great information! What a ministry, too!

    Good luck,
    Sara Street
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    I also belong to a shawl ministry where they are either knitted or crocheted. My website is http://www.chancy.org/family/Shawl%20ministry/index.htm

    Our church also has a quilt ministry called Prayers and Squares. These are not shawls but more like lap robes or crib size quilts. The idea is that each square is hand tied and each tie is a prayer. http://www.setonparish.org/index.cfm?load=page&page=347

    I also belong to the Linus Club and while they dont necessarily pray over the quilts they go to a great cause. http://www.pldallas.org/

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    Thank you everyone for your help about the Pray Shawl. I can hardly wait to get started on one.
    Bettybrown

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