Hooray!!! I’ve finished all the quilting, and we’ve celebrated with Dairy Queen! Now I just need to label it, sleeve it, photograph it, document it…what else? I’m afraid all that is going to have to wait a bit since I have two other deadlines to work on first. BUT, I did finish it in time to send an entry form for June’s NQA show. This is a non-juried show that accepts the first 400 entries, and the “received by” deadline is April 30. So, as long as they haven’t met their quota yet, I’m hoping this quilt will be in Columbus in June.
Our family has discussed possible titles for this quilt, which honors a situation so heartfelt and personal. For us, it’s a bittersweet blend of joyfulness and heartbreak. I know many families have experienced similar situations of losing a much-loved infant through miscarriage, stillbirth, or passing soon after birth for some reason. For now we’re thinking of entitling this quilt “Surrender.” I am so proud of the way our daughter and son-in-law have chosen to fully embrace their son for as long as they are able, knowing that it will end with them surrendering him into the loving hands of our Heavenly Father. We all look forward to enjoying little Amalya Nathaniel for as long as God allows.