Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sweet gift for a family who lost their baby girl...

We received this wonderful submission from Mary's blog "Mary Merrily Quilting Away".  She made this darling quilt for a special friend who lost a baby. Make sure to read the post, she made it for the family in honor of their lost baby. There is some special parts in the quilt for the kids who lost a little sister. Just a sweet and thoughtful gift. I just don't know of a more special thing Mary could have done for this family...

Being a quilter, when someone has a grand occasion or someone hurts, I tend to run to my fabric and machine to celebrate or console.  Sewing not only gives comfort to the person receiving the quilt but to the quilt maker as well.  Sometimes you do everything right, and everything is going right, then there is a moment when it all goes tragically wrong.  When someone loses a baby, it is the worst tragedy, you can't imagine what they are feeling or how to console them, there are no words.  All I could think was that they needed the warmth and comfort of a quilt to honor their daughter.  I made this quilt using the Sherbet Pips line because even though this family member of mine lost their daughter, they also have two older daughters and I didn't want them to think of tragedy.  I wanted the parents to think of the the pure innocence, the sweetness, the abandoned joy of childhood.  I had bought Sherbet Pips fabrics months before, but had been reluctant to use it before this.  Who would be worthy of this wonderful treasure?  Sherbet Pips was perfect for this family.  I wanted them all to use their quilt and when they did know that I made it to honor their lost daughter.  I pieced the back making large Dresden Plates (I found the pattern on Lily's Quilts), they reminded me of The Circle of Life, so I made three, one for each daughter in the family.  The Dresden's are machine appliqued on pieces of solid Kona.  My goal was to use all the fabric that I had in the line in this one quilt, it was especially made for them, and I won't feel right putting it in anything else.  I was very specific to the family that they should use this quilt.  It was an honor to put this together for the family and I did it with sorrow and joy and love.  For Lily.
 


In honor of Lily

I have been talking about this quilt for a few months now.  It is on it's way to a special family, wrapped up, weather protected, insured, sign for delivery. 

Ever have something happen that sends you reeling and makes you re-evaluate everything?  You want to comfort but there are no words? 

I first quilted from the back, around the large dresden plates, this showed up on the front fabulously.  I love the way Kona  krinkles after washing.

My hope is that this family will use this quilt with their two daughters, for snuggling, reading, when they're sick, for a picnic, anytime.  And be reminded of the specialness, the uniqueness of each and every life we are granted to steward.

Our lives are like Quilts, bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.

For Madison - A quilt will warm your body and comfort your soul.

For Alexa - Those who sleep under a quilt sleep under a blanket of love.

Listen for my footfall in your heart, I am not gone, but merely walk within you.


Snawder Sherbet Peeps 2011

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16 comments:

Laura said...

What a beautiful gift of love.

pcflamingo said...

A tangible reminder that love will survive. What a lovely gift you have given them.

Brookquilt said...

A beautiful gift from a beautiful person. I am so honored to be a friend of Mary's.

**nicke... said...

what a kind and special gift. tears.

Hi my name is Kim said...

Whoa! That is amazing! What a blessing for the giver and the receivers. Made my day.

diane said...

how special to have a friend like you. This will be something the parents can have forever to remind them of their sweet baby that was lost.

felicity said...

I saw the back of this quilt on Flickr and loved it and now I love the whole thing even more now that I read the story behind it. Just beautiful!

Kerry said...

Very moving, beautiful gifts

Teje said...

That quilt is so beautiful! Can't say which is front and back because both sides are so wonderful!

Michelle said...

Lovely.......

notes of sincerity said...

What a precious gift. I just love the names of all the girls, and how it can be used to create loving memories with them, while honoring little Miss Lily.

Kate @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Beautiful and touching. Thanks so much for sharing.

Heidi said...

As a mother that lost a baby daughter, I can't tell you how much something like this would have meant to me.

Such a precious gift. And it happens to be a gorgeous quilt to boot!!!

Sharon Pernes said...

As a parent who lost her first baby, a boy named Eric, I love your quilt and post. You get it. Many people don't know what to say to the parents. But with your wonderful quilt I am sure you have the family some comfort.

Lynne said...

Thank you for this beautiful post! It reminds me that not all quilts are for good times but good times may follow!

Mary Menzer said...

Thank you every one for the wonderful comments. The family loved their quilt and they sent me a nice note of thanks. I'm waiting for a photo of the two girls with their quilt.
Mary