Tuesday, January 7, 2014
I made this star quilt of denim to send to Green Grass, South Dakota for a funeral. My Lakota family lost a beloved sister / mother / aunt / grandma in the last week of December. They will give this quilt away to a guest at the funeral, as I was given a star quilt when I attended the funeral for Morris.
I had the pleasure of Brittney's company during the all-nighter it took to complete the quilt. A pair of her jeans, as well as several of mine and my husband's, are part of the quilt. She even helped tie some of the knots holding it together.
I hope it arrives in time for Thursday's funeral. If not, I know that the intentions of comfort that quilts carry will be felt by whoever receives it.
(The theme of roses comes from the deceased's name, Rosemary. I was told that Rosemary loved "small delicate roses". So, for the quilt's backing, I used this fabric that my mother had recently retrieved from the next-door neighbor's house and sent to me. Nettie Emig passed away in the late 70s, but some 12 yards of this high-quality cotton was still in storage. Growing up, I remember Mrs. Emig and her son as a constant presence on the other side of the shrubs, tending their generous flower beds or mowing their immaculate lawn. Once a year, they shared their love of flowers with the kindergarten class at the local elementary, but I got to visit anytime--peony season, iris season, and of course, rose season. I am grateful for the Emigs' neighborliness, for their extending the invitation to walk with them in paradise.)