10 Canadian Mennonite August 2, 2010
Mennonite ChurCh CanaDa Photos
Participants take a walking tour through Art for Peace, a collection of artistic quilts, at Assembly 2010.
Quilting for art and prayer even those traditional old quilts have
beauty in them. The women who made
them had very little in the way of material
By Deb or ah Froese belongings, yet they managed to create
Mennonite Church Canada beauty in their quilts.”
Patkau made her first quilt as a gift for
F or Bev Patkau, quilting is a labour of
love, her fabric and thread a form of
simply designed, with little visual enhance-
ment, but she believes that art can enhance
the worship experience.
her twin sister on her wedding day. “I was
hooked,” she says. “I haven’t stopped quilt-
ing since. Probably about 15 years ago I
Patkau had several quilts on display at “I think it nourishes the soul,” she says. “I started branching out and not just copy-
the Mennonite Church Canada assembly see it the same as walking through beautiful ing patterns, [and] getting more original.
art exhibit, this year entitled Art for Peace. scenery outdoors, and when we go inside, Over the last 10 years I’ve really started to
It’s an event