This quilt was inspired by a workshop with Laura Murray. In it we learned how to use Shiva oil paint sticks and rubbing plates to create designs on fabric. The designs were then cut apart, rotated and stacked to make large blocks. For this quilt I set the blocks on point and using a buttonhole stitch, hand appliquéd them to the background fabric. I machine stitched all the raw edges down and quilted feathers between the blocks. The binding is a black Kona cotton cut on the bias, the corners were rounded to emphasize the curves in the quilting.
This quilt was commissioned by Teresa McGlynn for her business of transporting bodies from their place of residence (or hospice) to the funeral home. She had contacted me about making something that could be used for her Catholic and Christian families. She had been using a plain upholstery fabric to cover the wrapped bodies. She allowed me to make all the design decisions, which included the cross surrounded by a light to dark scale of watercolor fabrics. It was tied and the binding stitched by Martha’s Quilters. Feedback from Teresa has been extremely positive, families feel a strong connection to the religious symbolism and are comforted by the quilt.