Quilts have always meant so much more to me than simply fabric and batting. There is often an abundance of heartfelt emotions that go into the making of these beautiful pieces of art. I have made many healing quilts over the years and have always believed that the quilt becomes a messenger silently comforting the recipient while delivering the feelings we hold in our hearts.
Mother’s Day was perfect for presenting my niece, a first time mommy-to-be who recently lost her own mom, my sister-in-law Lari, with a big “quilty” hug.
Jennifer, Christie, Darra, and I each made a band of color, carefully selecting fabrics and designs with my niece in mind. Jennifer originally designed this pattern and, along with other quilting friends, presented it to another member of their quilting circle. The pattern was featured in the February 2012 issue of The Quilt Life.
With my input, my talented quilter, Marla Monson, added her magic touch. Beautiful and intricate lines capture a special moment in time . . . a hummingbird quietly perched atop a barren tree as we laid my sister-in-law to rest.
My niece said the quilt made her so happy she just wanted to surround herself in its beauty . . . and so she did.
Happy Birthday, Lari. I love you and miss you.