Beth Markel

Design Wall Friday, DWF 4-7-17

Posted on April 8, 2017 by Beth Markel

I’m back to working on my sister’s quilt – or tribute quilt – and it’s been a roller-coaster week.  Monday would have been my mother’s 93rd birthday, and on her 63rd birthday we had cake with lots of family & friends because it occurred the same night as my sister’s wedding rehearsal and dinner afterward.  I am blessed to have had such creative, strong, intelligent women role models from an early age…but there are times when I miss them dearly.

So here’s what it looks like and it will probably be finished by next Friday.  As I put this together I think of all the conversations my sister and I had over the years, some at the dinner table, some in the quiet of the bedroom we shared, and some in her hospital room as she battled leukemia.  She hated being sick, and was so determined to beat the disease…if only determination was the deciding factor.

Design Wall Friday 4-7-17

Design Wall Friday 4-7-17








JulieS on April 9, 2017

I just lost my sister to lung cancer. I plan to make a tribute quilt as well making a back for a couple of her unfinished quilt tops. Your journey through grief is mine as well. I just hope it gets easier.

Beth Markel on April 10, 2017

Hi Julie, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Even as I've been working through this quilt just this afternoon, I'm flooded with memories of conversations we've had, the jokes we shared, and all the milestones which have happened since she passed. Somebody told me recently that grief becomes part of the new normal. It will get easier, but grief, for me at least, is something you walk through and not run through. It's sometimes a minute-by-minute process to move forward, sometimes hour-by-hour, but not an hour goes by where I don't miss Barb. Sisters are your first best friends. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Beth

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