Beth Markel

Unfinished Conversations is finished…

Posted on May 25, 2018 by Beth Markel

And I am an emotional basket-case today!  Becky Collis of Collis Quilting quilted this for me, and I love it, but sitting and binding it, inch by inch, was a roller-coaster of emotion.  It was a reminder that when you lose somebody, you just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other, plodding, so inch by inch, I plugged along until the binding was done.  When you lose somebody so dear, for a while you just go through the motions.

David Roberts photographed this for me, and I picked it up yesterday, drove home, unrolled it, and burst into tears!  I thought after sewing the top I would be done with all of the emotions this piece represents for me, but no!  This work brings me right back to the conversations I did not get to share with Barb, from our kids beginning high school, graduating, getting into college, birthday parties, ridiculous shopping trips, laughing until I needed a Depends…

Unfinished Conversations

Unfinished Conversations

Leukemia sucks!

OK, deep breath.

In the next couple of weeks I will be finishing some smaller projects, and I will continue to clean up, clean out, complete some projects, and work to make my studio a cleaner, clearer place to create.  It turns out I am something of a pack-rat~

Make something today!







Jeanne on May 26, 2018

This is a complex, riotously colored, impressive quilt. I hope it was therapeutic for you. My youngest sister died suddenly last August and I continue to work through the grieving. It’s overwhelming at times and the best antidote for me has been to be with family. May your grieving be gentle.

Beth Markel on May 26, 2018

Jeanne, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Losing a sister is a deep cut, and I pray you continue to work through your grief. It comes in waves, so hang in there. Beth

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