Approaching the final passage

I’ve been thinking a lot about life and death lately. Sitting beside a beloved sister and watching and feeling her gradually lose her grip on life is painful. Last November we shared this view over the Atlantic ocean on the occasion of my daughter’s wedding. (Venus is the small dot to the right of the moon.)


This photo is reflected in this quilt.


The top segment represents the crane, or bird of the sun. The crane represents immortality and can use its powerful wings to provide transport to the isle of immortals and provide aide to weary travelers on their journey. I think my sister was trying to say farewell to her daughter and husband today. She is so weak and yet isn’t quite ready to leave them.

The central portion of the quilt represents the sea of life that we are all traveling through and the various transports we take throughout life to enrich our journey. Water is also symbolic of the divine the flows beneath and undergirds us on our journey.

The fish at the bottom are symbolic of change and transformation that take place within the context of the divine. All anchored by compasses/stars in the corners to guide our way.

I have to believe that there is better and brighter waiting for my sister and her transformation will be glorious. I hope that there is a little left over for the ones of us that haven’t experienced that final transformation yet and are left to deal with the abyss of loss that we face.

Size: 60×60
Finished : 2012
Hand appliqué, stenciling using shiva paint sticks on boats, shadows and waves, hand piecing, machine piecing, hand quilting


Filed under applique, art quilt, batiks, dying with cancer, hand applique, hand quilting, shiva paint stiks, surface design

3 responses to “Approaching the final passage

  1. Franki Kohler

    This piece is yummy. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to following your work.

  2. Your quilts and your writings are beautiful! Your thoughts on your sister’s journey are very touching…I will keep you in my prayers.

  3. Sharon

    My heart goes out to you all. Bless you and keep you. Much love

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