While Quilters Without Borders is unique in its own right, meshing fabric with faith happens among quilters nationwide.
Among the groups that draw faith-filled quilters:
• Prayers & Squares, the prayer quilt ministry that grew out of an informal quilting group in 1992 at Hope United Methodist Church in Ranch Bernardo, Calif. When one member's 2-year-old grandson slipped into a coma following heart surgery, the women made a quilt of vibrant colors, tying it with perle cotton thread as silent prayers were said for the child.
The group's web site www.prayerquilt.org explains that as they quilted, one woman quipped, There must be a prayer tied in with each knot. They prayed for the boy while tying the quilt and it was rushed to the hospital that night. Before the coma ended, he was touching the knots on the quilt and doctors listed on his medical chart that the quilt was not to be removed. He kept it through several subsequent surgeries.
• Interfaith Quilters, which began in 1987 with a small group of women who wanted to raise funds for OUR Center, a social services agency in Longmont, Colo. They began quilting in January that year, making Amish shadow quilts they planned to sell to raise $5,000 so a matching donation could be secured. The group met their goal with a quilt sale in February, and what began as a one-time fundraiser became an annual event.
A decade later, sales had become so successful the women added a local domestic violence shelter as a recipient.
• The Faith Quilts Project, begun in 2003 as the brainchild of Boston quiltmaker and celebrations artist Clara Wainwright, who wanted to explore different faiths through the medium of quilts as a healing endeavor after 9/11. Dozens of collaborative quilts were created when 35 quiltmakers began working with youth and adults from various faith communities including African-Americans, Southeast Asian Muslims, Baha'is, Native Americans, Latter-day Saints, Wiccans, Buddhists, Evangelical Christians, Seventh-day Adventists, secular Humanists, Jews and others.
The quilts were exhibited at the Boston Center for the Arts' Cyclorama in April 2006. A documentary film was made about the endeavor.
• What A Difference A Day Makes, an interfaith quilting event held in Los Angeles on April 14, 2007, at an LDS stake center. More than 200 women worked together making 200 fleece baby blankets, as well as knitting infant hats and assembling hygiene kits for local social service agencies.