Marianne's IM-Patchwork Mission

A Short Term Trip to Hungary - March 14-31, 2004

The Mission:

consisted of participating in Patchwork Conferences in Kaposvár as well as visiting and encouraging Sarah and Bruno Balogh. The Patchwork ministry attracts many Hungarian women through interest in American quilting and builds personal relationships with ample opportunities for both evangelism and discipleship. Many nonbelievers come to participate in sewing classes taught by the team, and I gave a talk during the conference.

This trip, I had a class on how to do "Storm-At-Sea" quilt blocks. My husband, Barry, did a variety of four-block Storm at Sea patterns whichwe sent ahead for the wall-hanging projects, borders will need to be added, of course. My husband and I did a Storm at Sea wedding quilt for Chrissy and James Hampson's wedding. Here are some pictures of Storm at Sea Quilts that show variations. For instructions, see Mother's Quiltworks Storm at Sea; a page on How to do the diamonds; or The Quilter's Cache Storm at Sea pattern. The Quilter's Cache has many other patterns. Clicking on each block gives the pattern instructions, The numbered "Page links" below them lead to other pages of more blocks! There is a book on Storm at Sea: New Quilts from an old Favorite by Barbara Smith

Maralee Logan, who was going along with me, planned on doing a Seminole Table Runner project. The Seminole Indians of Florida have a distinctive Quilting Style that has developed many intricate designs, but had to delay her trip due to an illness. My daughter Sarah taught this project at Kaposvár in her place. Maralee is participating instead in a Patchwork Ministry in Serbia in April, 2004.

We were also planning to go to Hadju in Eastern Hungary where there was some interest in sewing Teddy Bears, which is a new project for me. We did quite a bit of preparation for this. But do to Sarah's recent pregnancy concerns, and Maralee's illness, it was decided to cancel this part of the trip.

I took a lot of items along for Sarah and Bruno, including some TESL books to assist Sarah. Arrangements made by International Messengers, and their staff in Hungary.

This was my fourth trip to Hungary. I also made trips there in 2001, and in April, 2002 for Hungary and Poland, April 2002 Patchwork Conferences in Kaposvár and Debrecen (click for some pictures), IM Staff Converence in Poland; and also in August, 2002 for my daughter's weddings. My daughter, Sarah Balogh, is a missionary in Kaposvár, Hungary with International Messengers. She and her husband are expecting a baby in October, 2004 - so it is probable I will make another trip to Hungary late in the year or early next year!!

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