Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Bittersweet


So this quilt continues to grow, as do the memories. The last few years I have dabbled with different kinds of sewing, but in quilting I think I have finally found my place.


Especially this hand pieced quilt; it has travelled everywhere with me recently. I often find myself reaching for it to add on another piece or to stretch it out and see how much it has grown.

It has been a comfort to me in the dark days after losing my dad when it was the only thing that could temporarily relieve the tight, painful knot that refused to leave my stomach.

When it felt like my world was a snow globe that had been given a sharp shake and everything eventually would settle back into place. But it didn't.


It really isn't that long since I was sitting next to my dad, explaining how it all fitted together, showing him my tiny stitches. Painful memories that in time I hope will mellow to something more bearable. How I love this quilt.


Here is is nestled against my current project, a gift for a beloved friend. And with more quilts planned in my head for very special people, I think my life will be filled with quilting for quite some time.

20 comments:

  1. it's a beautiful quilt. I hope that it gives you comfort.

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  2. Kate, this post made me cry. I'm so sorry for your loss and hope the quilt will remind you of the happy times you spent with your dad explaining the tiny stitches. Xxx

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  3. Our thoughts are with you Kate xx

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  4. Oh Kate, I am so sorry; sewing is such great therapy, I have sadly found that out too recently. It is a beautiful quilt, take care of you xxx

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  5. Your quilts are beautiful. I made a quilt of diamonds and hexagons when I was a teenager. It took me three years!

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  6. your quilt is a thing of beauty. I lost my mum this summer and have found sewing to be my therapy too. Hugs x

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  7. Oh your recent posts have been so poignantly and eloquently written and I really feel for you... Best wishes to you and your family x

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  8. I actually call quilts 'comforters' (I think it might be the American word for them, even though I'm actually Welsh!). I hope this one can be yours...so sorry to hear of your loss.

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  9. Memories are everything, your quilt will be full of them. So sorry for the crappy time you have been having xxx

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  10. I read this while sitting next to my mother's bed listening to hear if she will take another breath. Quilting is a love my mom and I share. My next projects will be to finish three that she will leave unfinished.

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    1. Wishing you lots of love and strength, Lisa

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  11. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments, sorry I couldn't reply to all individually, but they mean a great deal

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  12. Oh Kate, I've just read this, I had no idea you'd lost your dad, I'm so sorry. Will email you xxxxx

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  13. Sorry I meant to say your quilt is beautiful, I hope it brings you warmth and comfort, and the memories of you discussing it with your dear dad become happier ones. xxxxx

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  14. It's beautiful, Kate and full of love xxx

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  15. So sorry to hear of your loss Kate. Take care of yourself. xx

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  16. Your quilt is beautiful and must have so many memories tied up in it. So very sorry for your loss. x

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  17. I'm so sorry to hear your sad news Kate. Take care.

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