According to Margaret Trail, “Quilting Queen
Bees [is] a group of ladies who have a desire to learn how to quilt or to advance
their knowledge of quilting, even learning new quilting patterns.” The QQB
began about a year and a half ago when the Lord put the idea into the hearts of
two Colonial ladies.
Sandra Ferrell, aware that Eloise Kerr did much quilting, suggested that Eloise
start a quilting group at the church. The Lord had already laid the same idea on
Margaret’s heart. The two ladies got together and began a growing ministry
which now has about 17 members. “We help each other,” said Eloise who
has created many exquisite quilts, including 15 baby quilts and a king-sized Cathedral
“Our purpose includes fellowship, outreach, encouragement, and help in honing
the skill of the craft,” said Margaret. The Queen Bees includes several ladies
who might not know Christ, so at each meeting, the ladies take turns leading a devotion
to encourage other members to “grow in their knowledge of the Lord and His
plan for our lives. We are like little queen bees, busy quilting for our families,
friends and others.”
Shirley, a regular attendee, is working on a 100-year-old quilt made from feed sacks
that was started by her grandmother and mother. The sacks are colored in different
patterns and look like regular material, and the sewing has all been done by hand.
“I probably would never have gotten around to working on the quilt if this
group hadn’t started,” Shirley admitted.
Christine, who knew nothing about quilting, but knew what she wanted to do with
the material she had, is making a scout quilt for her nephew using badges and patches,
including the eagle level, that he earned while in scouting.
Rae had never quilted in her life but wanted to learn how. “Since I have just
started quilting this past year, this is a great encouragement to me. You can teach
an old dog new tricks!”
Rae is presently working on a lovely wall hanging. “I think one of the most
important things about the group is the fellowship and the chance to share the Gospel.”
Several members of the group are working on a quilt that was started by the late
Caroline Beck, a Colonial member and the first paid Colonial employee. When the
quilt is finished, it will find a home in Stephen Davey’s office. “It
will be draped over a chair and perhaps on my knees when it’s cold in the
room,” said Pastor Davey.
Quilting isn’t the only craft being worked on. One lady is knitting a pair
of fingerless gloves; one is working at cross stitch, and another is hooking a rug.
Still another is embroidering squares which will eventually be put into a quilt.
Unki is working on a 70-year-old silk pillow cover that her aunt made for Unki’s
mother. “My mom was a Buddhist who came to Christ before she died.”
This piece is meaningful to Unki because her mom wanted to do something with it
but never did.
“Since we have quilting as our common thread, we are forming friendships that
we would otherwise not have. It is a joy to sit, sew, and fellowship with friends
as we quilt our designs the first and third Tuesdays [of every month]; two days
I very much look forward to each month,” said Margaret.
Quilting Queen Bees meets on the first and third Tuesday
of each month in Room FC205 from 10am-2pm. All are welcome, and members bring their