Memory quiltOctober 25, 2015
Recently completed is this extra special memory quilt, made from fabrics belonging to my late Auntie Jowana, who was always the brightest smile in the room. The colours in this quilt reflect that quality of hers, and pay homage to where she grew up in Fiji.
My favourite element of this project is the middle square, which my Aunt quilted herself before she was taken by cancer, that would have been part of a group quilt she would put together with her friends. It’s nice that her hand was a part of this blanket, as well as the hands of my cousin, one of her three daughters, who helped me stitch the squares together. I also love the beautiful painted scene at the top of the quilt. Somehow the other fabrics ended up matching in colour to the painting and to the hand quilted square, making a beautiful cohesive whole.
Making a blanket from materials handled or worn by someone special who has passed, is one of the easiest ways to keep a tangible piece of that person in your life. It is also a comforting, warming device that can perhaps alleviate some of the grief that comes with the death of a loved one. I am always so happy to do such meaningful sewing, especially for my family.