Busy Hands


Francis Bretthauer spent many hours each year making quilts and donating them to Lutheran World Relief , Lutherdale Bible Camp and others quilts would be auctioned off.  She had been doing this for quite a few years and had become very good at it, oftentimes making 50+ quilts a year all on her own.  Some of her quilts would bring in some pretty good money at the auctions.  In 2006, other interested quilters got together a group to make Advent banners.  Francis soon joined the group, and it quickly expanded to about 5-6 people, who then continued making quilts.  The group has become known as Busy Hands, and they have also done knitting and crocheting projects.  Besides quilts, the ladies of Busy hands make lap robes which are used by people in wheelchairs to keep warm,  knit hats to be worn by babies in the NICU, and prayer shawls which are on display in the church building and are available to anyone in need.

In recent years, the quilters have made a goal of producing 100 quilts each year. for the last three years, this goal has been accomplished! When their goal is reached, these quilts that have been so lovingly created are displayed on the church pews  and blessed at Global Mission Sunday service. The quilts are then packaged and donated to Lutheran World Relief to provide comfort and warmth to  neighbors around the world that need them most.

The ladies of Busy Hands began creating one commemorative quilt to be auctioned to the highest bidder. Monies received from this auction are used to purchase quilting supplies for the upcoming year and a donation is also made to our global mission fund.
The auction takes place late September in conjunction with our annual appeal to help others worldwide on Global Mission Sunday.

What We Do
Busy Hands meets every second and fourth Wednesday to create beautiful quilts for Lutheran World Relief. By providing these quilts, people across the globe find these quilts useful in ways you probably never imagined. In addition to being a cozy, clean new bed cover, it can be: a baby carrier, tied around a mother's back; a market display, spread on the ground and piled with vegetables; a sack for transporting those goods to market; a sunshade; a shawl; a floor covering and most importantly, a constant reminder that someone, far away, cares a lot. Busy Hands also participates in the Prayer Shawl ministry, where members knit or crochet shawls for the ill or those in need of comfort.

How To Get Involved
Join us on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 9:00 am. One does not need to be a member of Immanuel to participate, join us today to share your quilting/sewing skills and help this important ministry. Busy Hands is always in need of gently used sheets, donations can be accepted all year long. Monetary donations for supplies are appreciated as well. Our flyer can be printed to share with those who share our love of quilting and sewing.

quilters gathered around christmas quilt
Immanuel's Busy Hands Quilters celebrate National Quilt Day   on March 15th.
Join us as we celebrate being part of 75 years of ministry to our neighbors around the world.

The ladies continue to make quilts for LWR quilt ministry helping needy families in disaster relief areas around the world.
  1. Anniversary quilt crafted by Immanuel Busy Hands group
  2. quilt with cross in center crafted by Immanuel Busy Hands group
  3. Quilt displayed with Pastor and ladies crafted by Immanuel Busy Hands group
  4. quilts displayed on back of church pews
  5. intricate quilt closeup
  6. ladies gathered around Christmas quilt crafted by Immanuel Busy Hands group
  7. Quilts displayed on back of pews ready to be blessed
  8. prayer lap robe on back of pew
  9. stack of folded quilts
  10. Quilts displayed on back of pews ready to be blessed
quilts on display
"A prayer is said as the shawl is begun and then many prayers are added with the stitches. Most of the time the recipient of the shawl is not known, but the recipient receives the message that many people have been praying for them and will continue to do so. Each shawl is a blend of prayers, talents, gifts and grace." 
(The Lutheran)