Beth Markel

Unfinished Conversations is Finished

Posted on November 29, 2017 by Beth Markel

Hello all,

I apologize I haven’t posted for a couple of weeks, but it’s been a challenge to finish this very emotional piece.  If you look back through previous posts, you can see where this just started off with some stray, orphan blocks, and where it is today.  For me, this has been a wild roller-coaster of emotions, from missing my sister, to thinking about the mischief we got into, to laughing about small things and big things, and having babies only 4 months apart, and 2-yr olds at the same time, chasing after them, and so many things in-between.

So I’m going to take a deep breath, post a couple of the pics from along the way, and the final quilt.  When I finished it, and pressed it, then put it up on the design wall, I burst into tears, and cried for about 24 hours, just as the loss seemed so fresh again.  After 2 days of that, I feel like healing is coming.

OK, these just look like argyle socks...

OK, these just look like argyle socks…


Design Wall Friday 1_27_17


Cluster of blocks on shades of purple - it's OK, nothing special

Cluster of blocks on shades of purple – it’s OK, nothing special





Design Wall Friday 4_15_17

Design Wall Friday 4_15_17




DWF_10_13_17 Color

Done. My chest tightens up just working on this, but it's also been amazingly therapeutic

Done. My chest tightens up just working on this, but it’s also been amazingly therapeutic


Make every day count, and be kind to each other.









Kristin Freeman on November 29, 2017

What a fantastic process post! to follow the journey from the beginning to a wonderfully executed finished piece was a great visual gift to me today. The result of editing and re-thinking to come to a truly satisfactory completion spoke lessons to me. Thank you.

Sue B. on November 29, 2017

Thanks for letting us come on this journey with you. A beautiful and emotional result.

Julie Stump on November 29, 2017

Congratulations! I still haven't started the quilt I want to make for my lost sister--the emotions are still too raw. But I hope to get to it next year.

Diane Simancek on November 29, 2017

It's been fascinating to see the progress of this piece. Easy to see how this has been therapudic for you. The finished piece is perfect. I love the transition to the dark side on the right....such good movement. It makes me think back to my mother's passing. There's honest emotion in this piece. Blessings to you.

Jenny K Lyon on December 1, 2017

I. Am. Touched. Thank you for sharing.

Marla@pennylanequilts on December 2, 2017

Thanks for sharing this amazing piece and its therapeutic process for you.

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