Remembering Mary & AnnaLeah in a Patchwork Quilt of Memories

Last night (late), I finished the patchwork quilt which I have been sewing by hand out of squares of material from AnnaLeah’s and Mary’s clothes–mostly from the last few years of their lives.

A friend, and her family, lovingly started the project for me the summer after we lost the girls. Then, last summer, I begged her to let me take it over. Hours of cutting and organizing and stitching have released and focused the pain and love and laughter and grief and anger in a healing way.

So it is a bittersweet feeling to be done with it. It will be good to be able to use it. But I am not quite ready to let go of the energy which went into that project. Good thing! because I have a box of squares all ready to sew a second quilt — ensuring that if it wears out, I will not have to worry about losing an irreplaceable treasure of memories.

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Here are some photos of AnnaLeah and Mary in some of the clothes which I used to make the squares:


Here is a glimpse of the project in progress:

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