She shared these words with us:
A United Methodist Tapestry
Inspiration for the 2009 ordination stoles began with current events, the economy, the environment, and our world.
This crazy quilt style stole was pieced using repurposed fabrics representative of our United Methodist lives and faith journey
Grandmother’s sweater—honoring tradition and heritage
Scraps from a child’s quilt—hope for the future
A few neckties—United Methodist Men
A woman’s blouse and slacks—United Methodist Women
Reds from a quilter’s fabric stash—sharing and caring
A tea towel and apron—hospitality
Fabrics from previous ordination class stoles—your colleagues, mentors, and friends
Aloha fabric because we can all use a little aloha in our lives
Discontinued designer samples—a little style
Denim, the workhorse of fabrics, seems an appropriate backing. Much of it was harvested from worn or outgrown jeans from family and friends, both young and old. A preschooler’s pet rock was rediscovered and carefully removed from his outgrown pocket. Jeans have very practical pockets so each stole has one ready for a note (a thought before it is lost), a tissue or change (remember change can be a good thing).
The Pentecost cross is symbolic of the Great Commission. Here it is made from a tablecloth, representative of the invitation to come to the many tables of our faith…for communion, caring for the hungry, church picnics, and pot lucks.