Alright people, get your tissues out……
Remember these 2 cute baby quilts that I blogged about a few days ago? I also quilted a coordinating quilt to go with them.
Michelle, my customer, made all three quilts for a pregnant friend. Michelle’s friend had tragically lost a baby earlier last year. This is what happened, in her words:
On the evening of Sunday, Jan 30, 2011, I became nauseous and just could not get comfortable. I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia with placental abruption. Preeclampsia is a syndrome characterized by the onset of hypertension and proteinuria after 20 weeks of gestation. Unfortunately at just 24 weeks and 2 days gestation, there was no choice but to deliver our baby. The original plan included transport to another hospital which specialized in high risk pregnancies and preterm delivery. In preparation for transport, my pressures were continuing to rise and the preeclampsia had become life threatening. There was no choice but to deliver at the hospital where I was initially admitted. I was prepped and immediately taken for an emergency C-section where I delivered a little girl weighing just 1 pound. The Children’s Mercy neonatal team had been called in to assist in the care of our baby immediately after arrival. However, despite all efforts our little girl, Josie Michael, passed away a short time later with her father (Mike) by her side, holding her hand.
Once Michelle found out that her friend was pregnant again, shedecided to make all three quilts. Here is what Michelle says about it:
Before all of this had happened Kristin (my sister) and I had already picked out and purchased the blue and pink version of this fabric for the entire nursery. Once Josie had passed away we (I especially!) felt it was only right that we make something for the big bed that was going to remain in the “nursery” with hopes that if she did have another child that the quilt would be a memory of Josie and still match the nursery “theme!” And finally… that is what will happen! This quilt will be on the big bed in the nursery room and the pink baby quilt that you quilted will be for her baby sister “Quinn”! I am so amazed at how the quilting really pulled this whole quilt together!!! I know every time she looks at it she will think of baby Josie and it will truely be cherished in their home. I feel so fortunate to have been able to make this for her and her husband Mike!!
I warned you that this was a tearjearker! When Michelle sent me the quilt, she asked me to quilt Josie’s initials into the middle of the quilt and to quilt her full name in one of the borders.
(Josie was given the middle name Michael because that is the only person she got met during her short time here.)
Just recently, Michelle’s friend delivered a healthy baby girl and I wish the whole family loads of joy and peace!
This isn’t the first emotional quilt I have quilted (see here or here for others that I have done) but this one sure got to me! There can be so much nastiness on the internet and in life in general. Let’s all take a moment, say a thankful prayer for all we have and go out of our way to be nice to someone today!