I think these are wonderful elements to incorporate into one's family life and for us, that means bringing our children up within the Jewish community.
We went away on a weekend retreat with our local synagogue community last year and I (perhaps stupidly) volunteered to run a "quilting workshop".
Well, that turned into a massively popular workshop where participants (young and old) used various materials to make blocks to be incorporated into a Bimah cover (and made by me).
I gave the theme "nature" so as to give some direction to those who would struggle with a totally open slate.
Materials / techniques used included:
- Fabric markers
- Applique using fusible webbing (and in some cases ... basic craft glue)
- Machine piecing (some people learned to make pinwheels)
The blocks became part of 4 panels hanging down from the table / Bimah with a plain fabric on the top so as not to distract from the reading of the Torah.
Here are some details of the many and varied blocks I had to work with:
When I said earlier that volunteering for this project may have been stupid, I don't think I really knew how much time and effort would go into putting it all together.
It has been such a challenge that it has sat untouched for months at a time in my WIP pile, as I have been too daunted to get stuck into it.
The final nudge came from a friend who's daughter is having her Bat-Mitzvah next week and asked if it could be ready for her ceremony. That was exactly the nudge I needed.
I think it will be well loved by the community.
Personally, I think it's wonderful but I'll be VERY glad to hand it over and not have to worry about it any more!!