Posts Written On April 10, 2010

Mourning Jack Quilt

Yesterday we had to euthanize our 14 year old cat, Jack, who was diagnosed last year with liver disease. I just finished this little mourning quilt, which is named for him.

The blocks were made with mourning prints and shirtings from this quilt top. The border is new, and the binding is constructed from antique cranberry scraps (I had to make 20 seams). The backing is leftover strips from the edges of a larger quilt back. Because I felt slightly guilty about disassembling the top, I decided to make this quilt in the original pattern.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a mourning doll quilt before and it is rather odd, but I’m going to hang it on my wall because it will always remind me of that spunky and fearless little cat.

Jack is survived by his friend, Lucy the dog, who is 13, and Dinah the cat, 19.

Mourning Jack Quilt
Martha Dellasega Gray, 2010
18″ x 21″
Machine Pieced, Hand Quilted

Jack and Emily, 1996 (you can see here that he was a biter even as a kitten)