Saturday, September 19, 2015

A quilt for T.

"They lived and laughed and loved and left." --James Joyce

My friend's 16-year-old son died last month in a tragic accident. He loved his family, friends, and basketball, and he was a kind, sweet kid. It is still hard to believe that he is gone, and my heart aches for my dear friend T.

What do you do when the unthinkable happens? What do you say?

I couldn't be there with her, so I sewed. And sewed. And sewed.

Snuggle-testers at work.

I cut the fabric 1-2 years ago with plans to make a plus quilt using the same Jeni Baker pattern I used for this one. I laid the squares out on top of the original plus quilt, which made the layout go quick and easy. For the backing I used the new 108" Free Fall quilt backing by Tula Pink. It is soft with a satin-like finish. I bought it on sale from my favorite local online shop, Del Ray Fabrics. (Spoiler: I bought it in gray, too, for the Husband of the Year/Doe quilt.) I love it, and it made this quilt come together very quickly.

H. Quilt burrito.
I am wrapping my friend in a quilt hug. And I am holding her in my heart until I can hold her in my arms.
Pilar, helping me bind.


  1. I am so sorry for your friend's loss. It's difficult to find the right words to say but I'm sure the knowledge of the love that has gone into this quilt will provide her with some comfort.

  2. I don't think there could be a worse pain than to lose a child. My heart goes out to your friend. I am so very sorry.

    This quilt will surely bring her some measure of comfort.

  3. Hi Cassandra. Bernie told me about your blog last weekend and on Monday I read it in one sitting. How you manage with work and your little boys (and quilting!) is staggering. I felt like the whole cancer deal was a full time job that didn't have a lot of room for much else. I am happy to have the majority of this nonsense behind me and I wish you good health and continued blogging! Patti

    1. Thanks, Patti! The quilting has been my therapy, for sure! :) I'm so glad you are also through the worst. I loved reading about your family's time together on Bernie's blog. Here's to good health!