Wednesday, 15 January 2014


This post is about a lovely friend, Janet.
I have known Janet for slightly more than seven years.  A bubbly person with always a pretty smile on her face.  A very good and generous crafter always sharing tips and technique on a variety of craft - patchwork, cross-stitch, tatting, fabric poscards, moos, whatever that you can think of.  She regularly attended our craft meets even when she had to travel far by bus or train.

Sadly, early this morning Janet left us due to cancer.

This tatting quilt block that I made was for her.

When Nik (the owner of the NNC craft group) realised that Janet's health was detriorating, she decided that the members should do something for her to cheer her up.  The idea was mooted late last year where it was decided that we should make a quilt.  So, a number of us agreed to prepare a block each for the quilt using our own craft ideas.

The assembly of the quilt was not without some anxious moments since the blocks are coming from all over the place, including from Switzerland and the US, with the one from the US held by customs for quite a number of days.   But, thankfully, the higher powers know what and why we are doing this, and the quilt was finally done last week.

Nik, Rose, Paul and Radha hand-delivered the quilt to Janet at the hospital on Saturday and today, four days later, we received the sad news of her passing.

I will always remember Janet for her beautiful smile, and will cherish the gifts that she made for me.
My condolences to her family.


  1. Jon, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend Janet,

  2. I'm sure her family will now treasure this very special quilt - wonderful that she saw it and was able to know that her friends were thinking of her.

  3. This is the first post I read this morning and what a sad one and yet Janet spread so much joy with her talent and her personality. The quilt was a lovely idea and such talent from everyone near and far. There is no doubt she will be greatly missed.

  4. What sad news, I hope the quilt cheered her up in her last few days. It was nice of all the crafters that knew her to make her something and I am sure the family will treasure it.
    Hopefully she will be in haven tatting and crafting with the angels.

  5. What a wonderful gift to give a friend, leaving this world, wrapped up with the comfort of everyone's love.

  6. The tatting piece in your banner is the one for the quilt block?

  7. Sorry for the loss of your friend. The quilt is truly a beautiful gift of love!!

  8. Condolences on your friend's passing (hug) how did you attach your design to the block?

    1. Sharlyn,
      The tatting were sewn down at each picot or base of the rings. It does take a long, especially if there are many picots in it, so sometimes I cheated and skip some of the picots if they are close together.

    2. Sounds like a relaxing, though tedious activity :-). Thanks for the tip

  9. An inspiring and bittersweet story. I am so sad for your loss. The quilt is so beautiful and special.

  10. I'm so sorry to read of the passing of your friend, Jon.

  11. We're crushed. But at least we gave her a gift which was a gift of love. We'll miss Janet at the coming Anniversary Meet. It won't be quite the same without her :(


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