Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Funeral Attire :o)




As I mentioned a couple of posts ago our recently departed group leader has requested that all of us who knew her through quilting should wear something depicting patchwork and quilting to her funeral.

A bit of a poser for me as I've made loads of quilts but nothing wearable - no lovely waistcoats or bags or anything.

So what to wear - I did think about wearing my Somerset County Quilters badge as that is where I first met her but felt on its own it wouldn't make the statement she so obviously wanted us all to make

I was pondering in bed last night, during those gentle moments before sleep, about making something at such short notice - the funeral is Friday - and realised that a waistcoat is most definitely out of the question, firstly because of lack of time, secondly because I don't have a decent pattern and thirdly because I couldn't be sure of getting it to fit and would have been really miffed after putting in all that work for it not to fit properly.

I finally decided on a sash to wear over my normal dark funeral outfit and then came the question of what to make it from

It just so happened that I was going to make a wall-hanging for our lounge and had put together a number of 4" blocks in a ziplock bag

Perfect - I'd sash between them, add a backing and Voila! the result you see above :o) pinned together with the afore mentioned badge - absolutely fit for purpose - I think she'd like it :o)

Just as an aside - the church has granted her family permission to hang all her quilts in the church for her funeral - a really fitting tribute

21 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

That is a fitting tribute. & I think the most we have seen of "Quilting Bebbs."

Hedgehog said...

What a great idea. So nice that her quilts will decorate the service.

Angie said...

What an ingenious idea! And won't it be so lovely and warm to have her quilts hung there at her last goodbye.

Doodlebug Gail said...

What a great idea, and those colours really stand out over the black. Do let us know how the service was when you get home.

quiltpixie said...

wonderful stole

Linda_J said...

They hung the quilts at one of our Bama Belles' funerals almost two years ago and at the visitation as well. One of our young members said that she absolutely lost it when she saw them hanging but what a tribute to Betsy's talents. (She is the one that I finished the family Christmas quilt for earlier this year) Sorry for your group's loss, Anne. The sashing will be a fitting tribute.

Pam said...

Love the idea and the fact that all of her quilty pals will honor her in this way. Your sash is a great piece of wearable art!

Lois R. said...

You are a very clever and talented gal!

Dawn said...

I think it is the perfect thing to wear! What a wonderful idea!

Helen in the UK said...

What a clever solution. Sounds like the service will be very interesting with a quilt display and some of the mourners accessorised with quilty things too :)

YankeeQuilter said...

What a great way of respecting her request...I'm sure she'd love it. The colors are wonderful.
Siobhan

Lily said...

Your sash looks wonderful Anne.

Sorry for your loss - it's hard to lose a friend. But what a send-off she's going to have!! Fantastic :)

Carol said...

Great idea! I love the sash.

May Britt said...

What a beautiful way to honour your friend and her family.

Tracey said...

I like the sash! The idea of having her quilts hanging in the church for the service is so nice...our guild holds our show in the church sanctuary and it always looks so lovely.

dot said...

Such a clever tribute. You are a quick thinking women. I would never have thought of that.

DubiQuilts said...

What a great idea!

Aunt Jenny said...

Wonderful idea! what a fitting tribute to your friend!

ForestJane said...

Ah, I think the sash turned out very nice, and striking against the black too.

I also really liked the quote that was used at her service, very fitting.

Sandra said...

Your funeral sash is the perfect tribute. What a great idea to have her quilts hung up - a wonderful legacy.

Ferret said...

I love the sash, what a wonderful idea.