“Tree of Life” Bereavement Quilt
I recently made a series of quilts for a mother who lost her daughter to cancer. Katie her daughter had struggled with tumors all her life and eventually the cancer won, when she was only in her thirties. Her mother wanted a quilt for her young granddaughter, made from Katie’s clothes, which I made. Eventually I also made one for the mother. The quilt above is the one I made for the mother. Although Katie had to struggle with her disease throughout her life, she grew into an accomplished and beautiful woman, who embraced life and lived it to the fullest. Among other things, she became a world-class chef, owning her own business and eventually working with Cirque de Soleil as a chef. Her mother wanted the quilts made from the classy chef outfits she owned – mostly black or white jackets – with various black, white and/or gray pants. As the Tree of Life was a favorite of Katie’s (she had a “Tree of Life” tattoo), this was the theme chosen by the mother.