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    Our church is starting a prayer shawl ministry and I am in charge of it. Does anyone have any suggestions on prayer shawls that are super quick and super easy. No one quilts or even sews except me, so it will be quite a challenge. Everyone is willing to help in whatever way they can---cutting, tying, picking out material, etc. SUGGESTIONS PLEASE. Thanks everyone.

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    It sounds like a big undertaking for one person. I don't have any suggestions, except I'll be saying a prayer for you for patience and endurance. God Bless

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    LOL, I would start teaching someone to sew. At least the straight line puts and you can do the more difficult parts.

    Hats off to you and good luck.

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    How about knit or crocheted pray shawls?

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    Contact a local Quilt Guild or two and let them know what you are doing. We usually get a couple of quilts/shawls every month or so from those wonderful ladies. Do an online search for prayer shawl/quilt. We do 45"x60" as a general size. Non-sewers in our group do a Linus Project type fleece blanket in that size. Rail fence, D9p and Jelly roll are 3 easy/quick ones. Non-sewers also just take two lengths of fabric, sew up pillow case style, turn, stitch around edges and hand tie. Fannel is a good backing because it does not slip off beds or laps as easily. Good luck, be patient!! It is a wonderful thing you are doing and such a blessing to others and yourselves.

    There are also books available at amazon.com about prayer shawls and ministry that are full of great info and inspiration.

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    The church I used to go to always had knit or crochet prayer shawls. The quilters would work on quilts to be donated to Lutheran World Relief or to the local women's shelter.

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    Our church does knit prayer shawls.

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    I have only crocheted prayer shawls. you might have to search the web for a pattern

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    The only prayer shawls I have seen are either knit or crocheted. Have been on the receiving end and must say it was greatly appreciated.
    Vivian

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    http://www.ehow.com/how_7201961_make...awl-quilt.html
    http://www.e-patternscentral.com/det...l?prod_id=4227
    http://www.shawlministry.com/
    Here you go, just a few links for you to explore. I would think a shawl made with beautiful fabric and a simple design would be a great way to enter into prayer.
    You might find some special designs here http://gospelglass.com/
    Let us know how you go with it and show us some of your shawls.

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    http://quilttherapy.com/?p=1332
    Here's another picture of a simple shawl thought you might like it.

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    I am part of our church Prayer Shawl ministry. At this time, we only crochet ours. Most of the time we chain stitch around 69-73 and then we do three rows of triple crochet (stands for the Father, Son, & Holy Ghost) and then a row of singles (stands for us, the sinner) until we have the desired size.

    None of us knit.

    If you are asking about quilted prayer shawls, there is a book out, I believe it is by Leisure Arts also. I have seen it at Wal-Mart by the yarn and the knit and crochet books. In reality, a quilted Prayer Shawl is a bed runner only shorter.

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    My BF made me a "Prayer Blanket" when I found out I had uterine cancer; was in hospital for nearly 2 months with chemo and radiation; each day I placed my PB over my heart when I did my radiation; it gave me comfort and seemed to ease the anxiety. The blanket is a one yard square of light fabric with the edges either folded over or she may bind it. She puts a little pocket on each one with a verse. She has made numerous of these and has each one blessed by her Priest. It probably has the same meaning as the shawl. I keep mine folded and placed by my bed. I sometimes just touch it and feel comforted.

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    I thought a Prayer Shawl had something to do with someone's praying, but thick headed ME, found out that the prayer shawl was made by a group of folks that PRAYED over the shawl/blanket before presenting it in hopes that the prayers would be conveyed to recipient. For a short time I was part of a group that knitted prayer shawls and witnessed one lady in particular soulfully praying over a shawl we had completed and it was a very moving experience. Too, I've heard through this group that those that received the shawls were greatly comforted by them.

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    What denominations use prayer shawls? I haven't heard about them before.

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    I only know of knitted or crochet prayer shawls. I did do a lovely quilt once for my sick sister. I then sent the quilt around to all our friends and asked them so say a prayer while holding it. The quilt was such a joy to her to know that so many people prayed on it and my family said she was always wrapped in it, she said it gave her such comfort. Her son has the quilt now, my nephew.....

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    I think the Nov 2010 issue of either McCall's Quilting mag or BH&G Quilting mag had a pattern. I have it downstairs, but my back isn't currently allowing me access to it :lol: I don't know as though it was actually called a prayer shawl or not. I also don't think it is limited to any particular denomination. The pattern I reference is wide enough to cover the back of one's neck and go part way down the back, then come over the shoulders and down the chest. The pattern also had pockets. It would also work great to keep shoulders and neck warm in the winter when you sit in your chair or instead of a bed jacket. My plan is to make one for my neice who will start chemo soon , and as we are Catholic, send along a rosary in one pocket. I would think you can pretty much make any block you want and string them together til you get the right length. My second one will be for an elderly aunt who doesn't like the draft on her neck in winter. The pockets could hold her tv remote, kleenex, etc. I'm going to attempt to back it with minkee..or flannel!

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    I'm Methodist and had never heard to them before until I attended a small Methodist church in MO (when I was recovering from heart attack); now that I'm back in Ga and the Methodist church I now attend haven't never heard of them......so, not sure it is a denominational effort......

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    I'm not sure it is any particular denomination. I am Baptist and I had never heard of one until my preachers' wife was presented one while sitting with a very sick daughter.

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    I'm Baptist and I haven't heard about them. They must have some psychological value, but if you don't know about them, then I wonder if perhaps that is lessened. Not their comfort value, just their psychological impact. Just wondering.

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    Prayer shawls have been around since the days of Abraham. They are meant for your own devotional time and also for prayer of others. We use them every Friday night for our family dinner time. They help to keep mind focused on the Lord. They are not actually "denominational" they are for those who wish to pray or receive prayer. When you make them, be sure to note the colors of the shawls. They are not made from cotton per se, but of a weaved fabric. You can view them at Simchat Torah in Colorado. That is where mine came from when I received it from a friend. I know that my old church in Billings, Montana we had them in the prayer room and some even wore them during service prayer time at New Life Church. If you use the weaved fabric, then you will have little to no sewing. I know that the tassels are a certain length and have meaning. The colors on the robe have certain meaning as well. I may have given to much info here to confuse you more. You can PM me and I can give you more details if you want. I just get pationate about them because they help you so much spiritually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jodyma
    Our church is starting a prayer shawl ministry and I am in charge of it. Does anyone have any suggestions on prayer shawls that are super quick and super easy. No one quilts or even sews except me, so it will be quite a challenge. Everyone is willing to help in whatever way they can---cutting, tying, picking out material, etc. SUGGESTIONS PLEASE. Thanks everyone.
    I have made prayer shawls out of fleece. The fleece is wide enough that I could fold it into a square and then cut it diagonally so that it made a triangle. I then used my June Taylor strip ruler to make fringe. I attach a card with appropriate verses from the Bible or appropriate words of wisdom from other sources. These may not be as "elegant" as you want, but they are warm and the people who have received them have seemed to appreciate them. froggyintexas

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    Thank you so much. That is a great idea. The ladies in the church could do that. Sounds good.
    Quote Originally Posted by FroggyinTexas
    Quote Originally Posted by jodyma
    Our church is starting a prayer shawl ministry and I am in charge of it. Does anyone have any suggestions on prayer shawls that are super quick and super easy. No one quilts or even sews except me, so it will be quite a challenge. Everyone is willing to help in whatever way they can---cutting, tying, picking out material, etc. SUGGESTIONS PLEASE. Thanks everyone.
    I have made prayer shawls out of fleece. The fleece is wide enough that I could fold it into a square and then cut it diagonally so that it made a triangle. I then used my June Taylor strip ruler to make fringe. I attach a card with appropriate verses from the Bible or appropriate words of wisdom from other sources. These may not be as "elegant" as you want, but they are warm and the people who have received them have seemed to appreciate them. froggyintexas

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    I've only knitted or crocheted prayer shawls. The fleece ones sound like a great idea for people who don't sew.

    Pat

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    Just a thought here, if you are going to make prayer shawls to show people how much you really care about them, enough to make the shawls and add Bible verses to them and pray for the people receiving them, then do you really want to do the quickest and easiest construction method you can find? Aren't these two ideas at odds with each other? It doesn't sound exactly like "When you care enough to send the best."

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