Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Quilts for June

My mother-in-law, June, passed away last weekend. She was a very kind woman who raised four responsible, caring children. She enjoyed being with her family, fishing and contemporary design. Here are two quilts I made for her.



This one, made in 2006, features a block pattern from the Chicago World's Fair in the 1930's. The Chicago area is where June lived for much of her life.


The tag shows a photo of me quilting the quilt.



June loved Marimeko fabrics. I picked up this fabric for her at the Marimeko store in Helsinki a few years ago, and quilted it very simply.

I'm told she was wearing this quilt during her final hours. I'm so pleased that I could express my love for her with these quilts. Aren't we quilters fortunate in this way?

20 comments:

Grazia said...

"Those who sleep under a quilt, sleep under a blanket of love"....I think it's really true...
Grazia

Teodo said...

This quilt is BELLISSIMO.
ciao ciao

Theodora quilts said...

It really warms my heart that you had the pleasure of having such a wonderful mother-in-law
and the opportunity to be able to make such a meaningfull gift,June was certainly lucky to have a daughter-in-law such as you.xoxo theodra

Janet said...

The two quilts are lovely, I really love the Marimeko one. What a lovely tribute you've given to your MIL. I'm sad to hear of your loss though.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

So sorry to hear about your loss...my thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. ((hugs))

Jackie said...

Oh, LeeAnn... I am so sorry! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time. So nice though that you and your MIL shared the love of quilts.

Helen said...

You were a gift to her as well, My condolences to you and your family.

Julie Fukuda said...

It is sad to lose a wonderful mother in law. Mine,too, was a treasure and she slept under the quilt I made her every day from the day I finished it.

Tonya Ricucci said...

I love the quote from Grazia. very expressive. I'm sorry for your loss.

Barb said...

Sorry for you recent loss. What an extra blessing that you shared your gifts with her and that she loved them.

Nancy said...

Both quilts are lovely and clearly brought comfort to her. Sorry for you loss. Thanks for sharing the quilts.

Kim said...

So sorry. Grazia said it right.
The best part was she knew you loved and cared about her. My parents are gone and my dear mother in law is all the parents we have left.....she is a treasure and sleeps under one of my quilts too.

My thoughts are with you.

Alexis said...

I'm sorry for your family's loss. These quilts are both great- and I love the photo label! What a treasure to have shared your love of quilts with your mother-in-law.

beth said...

So sorry for your loss. YOu gave her such lovely quilts and it's nice to know they meant so much to her! Thinking of you.

Buffy said...

Beautiful post. Thank you.

Karen said...

So sorry for you loss, thanks for sharing.

Sujata said...

LeeAnn,
Nothing like giving comfort through quilts and being comforted that it was loved!
Thinking of you!

Mary said...

I am very sorry for your family's loss. Your many treasured memories of your mother in law will always be with you.

Dan (Made by a Man) said...

Beautiful post.

Andrea, the little collector said...

I love your quilting tributes to her. The fish quilt is so clever and personal. Making quilts for someone and knowing they are loved is one of the greatest quilt-making pleasures, right?

I am sure she will be missed. A big hug to you!