I finished the last of the binding on Daddio's quilt yesterday. I cried the whole time. This has been one of those weeks that I have just blubbed my heart out at least once a day.
I tufted the yo yo's with pearl cotton to reinforce the stitches I put in them. I haven't been brave enough to put it in the wash machine. If anything happened to it I just might die.
It's really a thing of beauty even though it brings back such terrible memories. It was put together during a very rough time in Daddio's life.
After too many dislocated hips, his hip replacement had to redone. He had to stay in bed almost a month strapped to a big foam thing waiting to get the okay for surgery. We all had to do round the clock care. To keep him busy and us sane we all worked together using up all the scraps in his enormous scrap bin. It was a real family affair. Here's the original post
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It's one of his biggest quilts. I can stretch out on it.
I'm even happy with my machine quilting this time around. I think the loops work with the overall whimsical design. Now it's tucked away with great grandma's quilts until I am ready to part with it. It might be a while.
It is an amazing work of art and so full of your heart. I think this is one you will want to keep forever. It is such a blessing for you to have it to hold, hug and look at and remember your Daddio.ReplyDelete
What a great accomplishment! I find most memories are real like life-sorrow and joy both mingled together.....ReplyDelete
Hopefully after a bit of time, you will feel bittersweet but not terribly sad about it. And you'll be glad it's there.ReplyDelete
Oh Deb. Just said a little prayer for you. Grief has been around here a bit too. We are coming up on the one year in May. As horrible as their last weeks and years were, it surprises me how much we are grieving. It is so complex isnt it? Sending you a hug!ReplyDelete
Such amazing memories can be captured in the fabric of a quilt. Daddio was blessed to have you as a daughter.ReplyDelete
Quilting, especially hand work, is therapy. Every stitch helps to express feelings and captures memories. This finished quilt is a healing quilt. Display it and marvel at how your Daddio, your sister, and you worked together to create it.ReplyDelete
Beautiful! I'd be using it and feeling the love.ReplyDelete
It looks wonderful! And it may remind you of a hard time in Daddio's life, but it was also a time when all his loved ones came together - so that quilt is full of nothing but love! Enjoy it!ReplyDelete
What a gorgeous quilt! Your Dad would be so proud of you. Hopefully after some time, you will look at it with much love and remembrance.ReplyDelete
Such memories in that quilt! Love big sis's Yorky too! ;-) I love how it's doing what Yorkies do so well. LOLReplyDelete
It's beautiful and memories, even bad ones, are a blessing. He is smiling down at you right now as he see's the finished product. I hope you feel some comfort in that :)ReplyDelete