Welcome to TGIFF at Faith and Fabric! My name is Jen Frost, and I’m a Christian quilt pattern and fabric designer. I’m so glad to have you here!
So, let’s talk about quilts. My first real experience with quilting was about 15 years ago through my mother-in-law. Recently retired, she took up quilting as both a hobby and a way to connect with her girlfriends. I remember going up to my inlaws’ home for Christmas one year, and she pulled beautiful quilt after beautiful quilt off the shelf, showing me each quilt and sharing the story behind each one. I loved sitting there listening, and I still do when we go up to visit.
It’s really true that every quilt tells a story…and that’s what I’m sharing this TGIFF, because, seriously, thank goodness it’s finished Friday! My share is a quilt that both has a story and – quite literally – tells a story. So, grab a cup of tea as I share the story with you.
Eight years ago, one of my best friends and I wrote a book together called Our Family’s Jesse Tree. Together, we sewed felt ornaments that encompassed the 25 (plus) days of Advent, wrote morning-time games families could play with their children tied to that day’s ornament, and included child-centered prayers again focused around that day’s theme. Fast forward to today, and the little guy I played those games with eight years ago isn’t so little anymore…and the ornaments we have, though still hung on the tree each year as we count down the days to Christmas, all show the signs of lots of love.
I really wanted to create a new Jesse Tree, but didn’t want to make another set of ornaments…so I prayed about it, and almost instantly (thanks, God!) felt the pull to turn those ornaments into a quilt. Thus, the Jesse Tree Quilt and pattern (#jessetreequilt) was born! It’s been a mad race to create the blocks, have the team test them, and publish each week, but I’m so so thankful to everyone for the support and love that the quilt has been receiving.
My Friday Finish is sharing with you that all 25 blocks are now finished! Woohoo! I’m going to be piecing them together these next few weeks, but having them all complete just feels *so good* – you know that feeling, right?
…but back to the story. This is the backstory of the quilt, the “why did you make it” story. The quilt itself, though, tells a story – our salvation story. Starting at creation and ending at the birth of Christ, the quilt brings each step of this story to life! I’m so in love with how it’s turning out. Please forgive the afternoon sun and shadow on the wall; I have the most perfect natural light pour into my new quilt studio, but it doesn’t lend itself to afternoon photography 🙂
So that’s the story of my quilt, and the story within my quilt. Your turn: what have you finished this week?
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Rebecca Grace says
First: I love your quilt, love the idea of your book of Advent activities to do with children (how I wish I’d had something like that ~15 years ago when I was trying hard to keep the focus on Christ for our little ones (fighting the constant bombardment of advertising that insisted Christmas was all about buying — and receiving — the best and most expensive gifts. AWESOME idea, and I love the quilt version as well. It would make a fantastic wallhanging for a Sunday school classroom, or would just be great to get out and put on the couch at the start of Advent every year, sparking conversations about what the different blocks symbolize. I love how your quilt conveys that God was working on a plan for our salvation from the very beginning of Creation. I know you made this quilt for Advent and that’s why the baby Jesus block is the last one, but I would love it if there was another version that brought the story all the way through to Easter: debts paid, sins canceled, salvation assured. Would you consider adding a few more blocks with an alternate layout?
Rebecca, I’m actually working on a Easter quilt that carries it all the way forward. Coming out in February – can’t wait!
LA Paylor says
oooo I have to come see your studio next… I like your blocks a lot
LA, definitely check out the studio next! It’s my happy space 🙂
Karen Moore says
Your blocks are amazing. Beautiful work.
Aww, Karen, thank you! It was truly enjoyable to make this block!
Anja @ Anja Quilts says
What a great story. The blocks look great.
Anja, thank you! It’s always fun to learn the story behind the quilt.