Good Grief Quilt

Uncommon Threads, an art quilt group that I belong to, has made a funeral quilt to be used for each of us when we die. When the last one dies, it will be donated to a museum. Sounds morbid, I know, but a couple of members researched the subject of funeral quilts and discovered that they have been used for several centuries as a cloth or covering of caskets for people who couldn’t afford a nice casket or during the Victoria era covered with embroidery and fancy work. Maybe it was just another excuse for us to have a challenge, but it was accepted with enthusiasm. Our only problem was that no one could agree on the color, so it was decided to make one side warm colors and the other side cool colors. Each member made two blocks; one cool and one warm. It became such a magnificent project that we decided to create a book. I did the photography and Merrilee Tieche was the editor. Each member has two pages to depict their blocks and to tell why, what, or how they were inspired. Below is the cover, front and back. Click Book Preview in the sidebar to see the first 15 pages. It can be ordered from Blurb. There is much more history and explanation in the book. Enjoy.



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7 Comments on “Good Grief Quilt”

  1. Wil Says:

    Not morbid at all to me, but a sign of true friendship.

  2. Susan Says:

    What a fascinating idea, and such beautiful work. Such a thing of beauty to comfort the grieving.

  3. grace Says:

    What a wonderful testimony to the friendship and creativity of your group. It definitely is a different idea but the concept, bar the morbidity of it, is wonderful.

  4. Nancy K Says:

    oh this is so special, i bet you will start a lovely trend for other quilters.

  5. sharon Says:

    i loved what i saw of this back in january at the library….i bet its beautiful! and the book is a great idea!

  6. smoothpebble Says:

    Marty C. pointed me to your blog. I’m fascinated with your art quilts and really have enjoyed perusing your blog, and your photos. I’m hoping to make it to the next workshop she invites me to attend. And I hope to meet you at some point!

  7. laurie Says:

    I have started a collaborative project designed to use Art as a vehicle for coping with loss and grief, please check it out, we would love to have you join us, namaste, laurie knowley

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