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Thread: Passage Quilts....who does them

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    Passage Quilts....who does them

    Who has made Passage Quilts in the past ?????
    I first heard about them here on the board yesterday and since and done some searching on the internet....there seems to be a couple different 'forms' of this concept.

    One was making quilts out of the deceased persons clothing and then presenting the quilt to the surviving family.

    Another was that a quilt was used to cover the body for the trip to the mortuary, the cover the casket and then be presented to the family.

    The last one was that the quilter worked with a local Hospice, the quilt was given while the patient was still alive and was allowed to use during their final days, then presented to the family......

    I personally like the last one, and have contacted my local Hospice (didn't even know we had one until I 'googled') asking them if they have such a program.....

    I know we had a thread on here not to long ago about a casket quilt.....I am thinking this would just take it so many more steps forward.....to give comfort to the living and then to those left behind.....

    I am not thinking 'Large Quilts' but more like lap size, many even some prayer shawls would be nice.....

    Am anxious to here your opinions, I know this is kinda a morbid subject, but I think a very worthy cause, and feel the comfort level would be great......
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    I also prefer the idea of giving to the person, while he/she is still alive. That way the family has a quilt, actually used by the person.
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    I think the one giving to the person is alive and then giving to the family is a great idea. Interesting topic.
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    Morbid or not, we are all faced with this fate. Some families find it comforting, some not so much, I guess. I am thinking of making my own....got a pattern in mind, but who should get it? I have 4 girls and helped raise one gdaughter and did raise one grandson. So I need to think this some more, I guess.

    My aunt's daughter draped a quilt she made for her (made for the dau) over her casket and it was quite lovely and well received. I think its a wonderful idea and a great memory for a loved one.

    delma

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    I've made my casket quilt. It is currently hanging on my wall, but the directive to the mortician is attached to the back! I don't want it draped .... I want it cut and my casket upholstered with it! My family thinks I'm morbid and nuts, but completing my casket quilt is on my bucket list and has been scratched off
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    Yes, there is a lot of confusion about the different types.
    They all serve different purposes and can be very touching.

    Here's two threads that may help you gather more info and ideas ....

    Butterflies for Comfort

    Passage Quilts ** Photos & Discussion **

    I will caution anyone who is considering making these, to please contact those intended to receive them before you start cutting and sewing, to find out if there are any requirements re size, fabric, colours etc.

    Bless All, who get involved.
    It really is worth the while!
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    This may be a little off topic, but I have a friend (quilter) whose Mother was also a quilter all her life. When her Mother passed away, they took several of her quilts to the funeral home, and had them displayed and her favorite one was draped over her casket. It was a lovely tribute to her.

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    My niece lost her baby 2 years ago, passing just days before his due date. They were going to bury him in just a t shirt and diaper...I said no no. I made a very sweet gown made of blue satin and white lace . Embroidered his name and birth date. I made a matching casket cover that my niece kept. Then funeral home thought it was a very touching gift. I have since made 3 burial gowns and donated them to the funeral home...no one should bury their baby in just a blanket if I can help it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    This may be a little off topic, but I have a friend (quilter) whose Mother was also a quilter all her life. When her Mother passed away, they took several of her quilts to the funeral home, and had them displayed and her favorite one was draped over her casket. It was a lovely tribute to her.

    I think this is such a beautiful idea.

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    my daughter had a still birth. she asked if i would make a quilt for the funeral. i made two - one covered and was buried with the casket and one was given to the parents. each had the baby's monogram on it. my son in law loves that quilt so much he has it hanging on the wall with the portraits of the other 4 children.
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