Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of June 23, 2003
Quilters' gift says 'thank you' to parish
By RAMON GONZALEZ
WCR Staff Writer
The Patchwork Network, a non-denominational group of local quilters, has given Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish a gift to remember.
The 45-member group presented the parish with a biblical quilt for the church's art collection. Msgr. Jack Hamilton, the parish pastor, accepted and blessed the quilt June 6. The 8.5-foot-by-7.5-foot quilt now hangs in the church's main floor lobby.
The group made and donated the mostly green and purple quilt in appreciation of the support it has received from the parish over the years. OLPH Parish has been hosting The Patchwork Network since the group was created in 1995.
"It's a gift from us that interprets our faith," said Suzanne Biamonte, one of the group's coordinators. She estimated the value of the gift at $2,500.
The quilt design is called Bible Block and features 19 quilt blocks, each representing a Bible verse. An accompanying plaque with the verses will be put up soon. It took the all-female group about 17 months to complete the spectacular quilt.
The Patchwork Network goals include promoting the art of quilting in the community, to offer fellowship to one another and to make charity quilts for distribution to those in need. This year 49 quilts have been distributed throughout Edmonton and Strathcona County, with 16 more near completion.