Friday August 22nd 2014

Passing Thoughts

The past few days, my Facebook news feed has been full of tributes to Steve Jobs, posted by people like me who were very saddened by the news of his death. I’ve been a Mac-ie for 25 years now, and I’m afraid there’s no one with such vision to take his place.
Because that’s what creative people do (and then post on Facebook), we’ve seen some clever computer-generated artwork made to honor Steve’s life. And because that’s what quilters do, I bet it won’t be long before we see a memorial quilt.

Julie Silber’s feature “Final Comforts” in the October TQL is all about the relationship of quilts to death and dying. When we think mourning quilts, we think of ones like the picture shown here, made at a time when death was a frequent unwelcome visitor. We imagine the quilter working alone in her sadness, documenting her losses, and finding solace in the very process of making a quilt. But quilters still do that. Despite the ability to share our feelings with the world instantly, there’s still a need to be alone with our thoughts, our needle, and our thread.

Have you made a mourning quilt? Maybe a project became a grief quilt unexpectedly when someone special passed away while your work was in progress. Tell TQL.

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2 Comments for “Passing Thoughts”

  • Linda Moran says:

    Would you be willing to help spread the word on another type of “comfort” quilt project? Art From the Heart is a project designed for people to make art in any medium that celebrates kindness, peace, and nonviolence. We are trying to have at least 50 pieces of art on the site by January , in time for the first anniversary of the shootings in Tucson. Anything you can do to help spread the word would be great. Thanks – Linda

  • Crystal @ Custom Memorial Quilts says:

    I’ve created several custom memorial quilts to provide comfort and help with healing from the loss a of loved one for folks who do not sew/quilt. Although I may not know the departed love one personally, each of these special keepsakes touches me deeply.


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