Thursday, January 5, 2012
Mission Memory Quilt
When my son left for two years to serve a mission for our church I decided that I needed something to keep my hands and heart busy when those moments of missing him were at their peak. I designed and put together blocks for different memories that he was making while he was on his mission. The border and back is fabric exclusive to Kapaia Stitchery in Kauai. I was thrilled when he sent home pictures of sea turtles because I'd found the pattern of sea turtles first and that became the anchor block for the quilt.
The "Jays" came to mean so much to our son and also they sent us some bags from their business so I made a block for them.
This is the mission motto.
Here are many of the words we frequently read in letters from him (he was allowed to write home once a week and to email us once a week, no phone calls except at Christmas and Mother's Day).
He was there for the rededication of the Laie Temple.
His scriptures and testimony were a vital part of his mission and he learned and grew so much spiritually.
Palm trees everywhere and he loves them.
Companions. My daughter-in-law drew on the faces for me in an archival-safe, fabric-safe pen.
A close-up of the faces.He did service several times aboard the U.S.S. Missouri and gained great respect for what happened in Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack that got us into World War II 70 years ago.
While assigned to labor on Kauai he wrote much about the chickens. Two of them he named "Winston" and "Churchill" since they hung around his apartment a lot.
A member carved a tiki for him and it's gorgeous. I took a picture of it and turned it into a block. The quilter did a fabulous job of putting the details on him.
Here's a close up of the mission name....
and a closer look at the turtles. I love the swirls in the ocean!
The blue border represents the blue centipedes. He was bitten by one that sent him to the emergency room. I think he'd rather forget about those though.More close ups of turtles. The turtle base was all one big piece of fabric and I used the freezer method and cut work to make them. I loved every aspect of sewing the turtles and was so happy he had memories of them for the quilt.
He learned the proper way to cut a pineapple. He never liked pineapple before serving in Hawaii but he loves it fresh now. He says what we get here is nothing like it is in Hawaii and I'm sure that's true. I did small 1" nine patches for the pineapple and then my quilter did the wavy lines to make it look more like pineapple. I love the effect!
I love the ferns that the quilter stitched on the outside border. She caught the vision of the quilt and did such a beautiful job.
Hope you enjoyed this tour of my son's mission memory quilt. Every stitch and design element helped me not to miss him so much and to remember to focus on the reasons he went on a mission. He went to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people not of our faith and to serve as the Lord would have him serve. He was faithful and obedient and returned with honor in December of 2011.
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