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Fabric of Faith: A Guide to the Prayer Quilt Ministry [Hardcover]

By Kimberly Winston (Author)
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For countless generations, patchwork quilts have been a visible act of love. In the Prayers and Squares Ministry, though, the quilt has become a visible act of prayer. Begun in California in 1992, Prayers and Squares now has some 200 chapters throughout the world.

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For countless generations, patchwork quilts have been a visible act of love. Pieced together from bits and pieces of material, they represent the handiwork and devotion of the quilter - and a deep and comforting connection with the person they're presented to.

In the Prayers and Squares Ministry, though, the quilt has become something more - a visible act of prayer. It's made not just with artistry but with purpose; not just with fabric but with prayer. From the time the fabric is purchased to the time the finished quilt is given away, a prayer quilt is prayed over by scores of people, from the person who cuts the fabric to the person who inserts the ties. And- most importantly - when the quilt is completed, it's placed before a congregation and every member is invited to bind a tie and say a prayer for the person it will ultimately comfort. A quilt is a prayer quilt because prayers are part of its fabric.

Begun in California in 1992, Prayers and Squares now has some 200 chapters throughout the United States, Australia, and Canada, representing dozens of denominations and faiths. Fabric of Faith is the story of this ministry. It chronicles the amazing ways Prayers and Squares has touched lives and hearts around the world. It offers directions and patterns for making quilts and starting a parish or community chapter. And it provides a selection of prayers, written from many faith traditions, to offer with each complete quilt."

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Studio: Morehouse Publishing
Pages   118
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.56" Width: 9.06" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
ISBN  0819221937  
ISBN13  9780819221933  

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More About Kimberly Winston

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Winston received her M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She became a newspaper religion reporter, and later a freelance journalist.

Kimberly Winston currently resides in the state of California. Kimberly Winston was born in 1964.

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Healing with Prayer  Mar 8, 2007
As each stitch is worked in the creation of a quilt for one in need, prayers are lifted up to the Lord. This guide has many wonderful examples of the Lord's grace as we use our hands and time to care for others.
Fabric of Faith: A Guide to the Prayer Quilt Ministry  Jan 12, 2007
Very disappointed in the contents of this book. I expected more information and patterns.
A how-to guide to the physical and spiritual process of creating a prayer quilt  Dec 9, 2006
Written by Kimberly Winston, recipient of the 2005 American Academy of Religion Award for Best In-Depth Reporting on Religion, Fabric of Faith: A Guide to the Prayer Quilt Ministry is a how-to guide to the physical and spiritual process of creating a prayer quilt. Chapters discuss a history of the prayer quilt, the basic methodology and finishing techniques for making a prayer quilt, the power of quilting contemplatively or quilting from the heart, spiritual expression through quiltmaking, and much more. Fabric of Faith tends to focus on the devotional side of quilting rather than "how-to" nuts-and-bolts instructions, and is geared more toward mildly experienced to intermediate and expert quiltmakers seeking to express their faith than novice quilters. Sidebars on most pages with insightful quotes from great religious leaders and an inset section of color plates enhance this superb introduction to expressing one's faith through needlecraft. A sample prayer provided for the dedication or rededication of quilts is, "Your promise, O God, Giver of all Life / That wherever we go / You will be with us. May we never forget your comforting care / And may our growing faith be a sign to [recipient's name] / That you will never stop loving us."
Capturing the Spirit  Jul 27, 2006
It is so important to know that we are not alone when we are in crisis. Kimberly Winston has captured the vision and the goal of the Prayers & Squares ministry. The idea that there is a tangible form of prayer with a quilt as the vehicle has touched a nerve across the nation. We are connected to the quilt recipient and to God by the knots we tie and the prayers we say as a community of faith. Kimberly powerfully describes both how it is done and how lives are changed when that person is covered in prayer.
Its subtitle should be "THE Guide to the Prayer Quilt Ministry"  Jul 21, 2006
At a recent appearance, Kimberly Winston joked that she took on writing this book because she is not in any position to turn down work. A religion reporter for her newspaper, she had grown a tad jaded about faith, especially her own. As she worked on this project, however, she found her edginess waning and her comfort with being a spiritual person returning. One might surmise some prayers were answered.
Founded here in San Diego County in 1992, the Prayer Quilt Ministry (Prayers & Squares) aims to promote prayer, and happens to use quilts as the vehicle. Prayers & Squares is non-denominational and non-judgmental. It recognizes that scary things happen to people, regardless of their religious affiliation. Prayer is something all of us can do to help each other through the rough spots.
As of this writing, there are 479 chapters of Prayers & Squares throughout the world. The ministry is growing, and you may be interested in starting a chapter in your community.
In this lovely and compelling book, Winston discusses the history of Prayers & Squares, the few rules for joining, some stories about quilters and quilt-recipients, and even instructions on making a simple quilt. But it isn't just a how-to book. Winston captures the spirit of the ministry perfectly by connecting it with the virtues of various traditions, non-Christian and Christian. Along the way she talks about her own experiences without ever hogging the spotlight. My favorite aspect of the book is the collection of quotations that appear in sidebars on many pages.
This is a terrific book for people who are curious about the ministry, are looking for ways to expand their own spiritual lives, are interested in quilts or other crafts, are looking for ways to create communities, or are exploring ways of deepening their lives through prayer.
Winston beautifully conveys the warmth and loving kindness of the Prayer Quilt Ministry.
I could not recommend this book more highly.


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