2013 was a year of major life changes due to loves lost. Quilting, it turns out, is a great therapeutic tool! I have found that going to my fabric stash and creating a quilt, letting my emotions run with my imagination, has allowed my emotions to transform from debilitating to joy.
Here is a case in point: During Christmas, I lost my dear companion, Meowi. As he was only five years old and I have had other major losses this year, his loss has been almost unbearable. I was, however, in the process of creating this quilt.
Once he passed, something came to mind. Seven years ago when my husband passed away, I created this quilt to lift my spirits.
Notice anything similar - Laurel Burch fabric, predominant color orange. Mind you, I didn't make the new quilt after Meowi passed, but had begun it prior to him being ill.
The new quilt's title is "In Meowi's Memory." I am going to quilt four different facial portraits from his photos in the blank light orange squares. I received his inked paw print in a sympathy card from the animal hospital where he was put down and I will incorporate that into the quilted worded border and on the label. As my mind creates all of these ideas, I realize that I am working through the loss by thinking of Meowi: how he participated in my life, what his personality characteristics were like, how his loss will affect our family. And I cry at the loss, but I smile at the memories. And this is therapy.
As the quilting happens, I will keep you updated.
Happy 2014. I pray it will be a joyous one for all.
Until next time,
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