I’m now feeling like I shouldn’t have waited this long – I should have posted them immediately after my return ---unfortunately Claire will never see my posts.
She passed away last evening.
Rosemary and I had a good cry ((At least I did-)) while she gave me the facts as gently as she could, imparting what she knew so far.
Claire had been ill for some time and was dealing with on-going chemo. But it was a problem with a heart valve that was the final straw. She ended up in the hospital on Tuesday. Wednesday evening she and her husband and life-long love, Ray shared a meal in her hospital room and watched a basketball game together. I’m sure it was an MSU game --- basketball is HUGE at MSU, and MSU fans are huge basketball fans.
After Ray left for home ---Claire quietly slipped out of this world in her sleep.
I only was blessed to be in the Vlasin home for a mere 2 hours. I could have easily stayed 2 weeks!
I had planned to share Claire’s quilts one at a time during this coming week ---and I feel that she would still want me to. I only feel bad that I waited so long – what with Thanksgiving, and the basement re-do, and wanting to post my days and class slide-shows in order –and then the Mystery and a pre-scheduled blog hop ---I wanted her quilts to be the icing on the cake of that trip, and they were. They still are.
And so, in honor and memory of Claire, I’m going to start in a different order than I had planned.
What I hope is that you will view these photos with very few words to follow them ---in a moment of silence. Please keep the Vlasin family and those who knew and loved Claire in your hearts for they are surely grieving the passing of a wonderful lady.
This wool crazy quilt was a special anniversary gift from Ray to his lovely bride Claire as a surprise:
Wool Crazy quilt on top of tumbling blocks on top of another quilt I’ll share later--
Bottom left corner detail.
Bottom right corner detail.
Left side detail.
Close up of center block with cute kitty.
Upper left corner.
Upper right corner.
As I think back to my time with Claire – I remember seeing what she was currently working on. A paper pieced block in bright 1870’s Pennsylvania Dutch colors and civil war era reproductions. She was a girl who loved her quilts, adored color, enjoyed digging into her scraps -- a girl after my own heart.
In so many ways I hope that my life emulates Claire’s ---piecing and quilting in found moments of every day until I slip away in my sleep leaving behind such a legacy to be remembered by generations who come after.
I remember it being mentioned that arrangements have been made when the time comes for Claire’s quilt collection to be donated to a museum. Such a gift she was and still is, and still will be.
Much love to you Claire- God Speed, my new friend --