If you missed Quilt-Cam last night, you missed a fun one!
I have loved getting to know many of the quilters who sew along with me through their comments and emails, through photos and stories shared.
Some stories are bright and funny and make me laugh.
Some catch me off guard and we are faced with life’s difficult realities.
I have seen both women and men who have been blind-sided for lack of a better term by things we all wish we could avoid, things that no parent should ever have to go through – like the loss of a beloved child.
Whether that child is lost as a stillborn, or in infancy, or fully grown – the pain is insurmountable, or so it seems – but as quilters…we keep on quilting on. It provides a healing outlet and gives us a place to focus our thoughts.
What you see here is a very special quilt made from a photograph, blown up and pixelated by computer ---a photograph of the son of one such quilter, a son who left this life far too early.
Jo has been working on this quilt for quite some time, with over 4,500 1/2 inch squares in a variety of neutral tones….
As a mother who has also buried a child, I can only imagine how her heart felt, and perhaps healed just a bit, while working on this piece.
Squint. Can you see the eyes, brows and nose taking shape?
Can you see him now?
Jo’s son, just a few months before his passing.
If you wish to read more about Jo’s process of making this quilt…visit her blog post HERE. Be sure to follow the text – there are many other “before and during” links at the bottom of the post that will show you her process from start to finish…maybe even follow them in backwards order so you can see it come together from the beginning.
Thank you Jo! Thank you for sharing your time with me on Quilt-Cam, and for sharing your story of your son and the making of this special quilt with me through email, and allowing me to share your story with my readers.
Heartfelt hugs of understanding ---