A Birthday Quilt for Beth

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I wanted to do something very special this year for Beth Moore's birthday. God has used Beth to teach, encourage, and equip me as a pastor's wife, as a mom, and as a woman for the past 13 years...  I could never repay her or thank her, but I wanted to try.  A few months ago my bff Lanie and I attended a beginning quilting class together.  We had a blast! I did not win any "best of class" awards, but I discovered that I really loved quilting.  So I decided to make a quilt for Beth for her birthday. It is flawed just like me, but I somehow knew that Beth wouldn't mind my mistakes. She's the real deal.

Here I am in class at the quilt shop (the shop is called A Scarlet Thread  and is owned by Christians). Beth's quilt pattern is called "Take 5" because there are 5 coordinating fabrics and each fabric is in the block in five varying positions throughout the quilt.  I think that's what the instructor said...remember, I am a beginner.
Here are the five different fabrics in the quilt.  I sent an email to Nancy Mattingly (I met her at the So Long Insecurity Conference and LOVED her) at Living Proof Ministries to ask her what colors Beth liked...and she said "pink."  So I bought fabric that had lots of pink!  The material is called "In the Garden." (Now there's a subject I know and love, gardening!) But I did have a blast learning to quilt. It's just hard for me to be still that long.
My sweet husband set up tables for me in our living room so I could lay the quilt out to baste and get ready to quilt...there is a label on the back with a note from me for Beth!
It wishes sweet Beth a Happy Birthday and reminds her that she is "covered in His love."
Here is the Birthday Girl and her beautiful office manager Sabrina Moore, holding up the quilt. Beth was sweet enough to let me know that she had received her quilt. (In fact both Sabrina & Evangeline at LPM went out of the way to let me know the quilt had arrived. Beth's staff serve with hearts of gold!) I hope that every time she snuggles for a nap or takes some Sabbath rest, Beth will feel just how much I love her! God has used her ministry to bless me, and I have attempted to bless other women as I serve in women's ministry at my church out of the overflow of His grace in my life. 

I am so thankful that we are all covered in His love!  Happy Birthday Bethie! :)

9 Responses:

Lauren & Eddie said...

What a GORGEOUS, thoughtful gift! It's beautiful!

Tara G. said...

My mom quilts up a storm- you've done a fine job for a beginner!!

fuzzytop said...

Beautiful gift and beautiful sentiments Miss Jan!

Love and hugs,

HisTreasuredPossession said...

Mrs. Jan,
this beautiful labor of Love is amazing. To have you as a friend is a gift indeed, quilt or no. We are all blessed by you and by this post!

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

What a precious gift!! Beth and I share the same birthday!! I had forgotten about that. I love quilts and have many ofmy grandmother's quilts. One is a cathedral window and was the last one she made before Alzheimer's took her mind away. It is a treasure worth more than any amount of money.

Blessings to you sweet Jan.

Patty said...

What a wonderful gift! The quilt is so pretty and I love the colors.

Marc and Charity said...

Wow, that is beautiful and so thoughtful! I am certain she loved it! :) Hugs, from Wales!

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

Only you, GJ. Love you like crazy.

Pat said...

How very precious GJ.
I'll just bet there are lots of women who sit under and with you who love you that much as well.
What a blessing you are sweet lady.



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