This small quilt, 20 inches by 20 inches, is a Memory Quilt, to be donated to the Grand River Hospital’s Bereavement Program through the Waterloo County Quilters Guild. The program description in the guild members handbook explains these small quilts are “given to those who have lost an infant due to stillbirth, SIDS or some other catastrophe. These quilts provide something tangible for parents who are going home with empty arms and are given along with other keepsakes, such as hand an foot prints and a lock of hair, all put into a box provided by the Waterloo County Tole and Decorative Painters Guild.”
Recently the guilds program coordinator told us of a need for memory quilts for Muslim families. The request was for quilts that are white fabric, quilted with white thread, with no representation of any living plant, animal or person on the quilt. This small wholecloth quilt is my response to that request.
Before quilting, I basted the layers with Vanish thread to keep it square and pucker free. The quilting was done with a poly core thread on top and white Bottom Line in the bobbin. It took me quite a while to design the cross hatching to sew with only one stop and start. The binding was applied to the front and hand stitched to the back. I’m pleased with the result and would definitely make another, although the binding on a second quilt would definitely be attached by machine!