I went to my best friend’s funeral today and my eyes are sore from crying. I helped in setting up the viewing and I am really proud that we got it right for Jen. This is a bowl full of her hexagon collection. The note describes how Jen loved her hexagons and to ask her friends and family to take one or more so that they would have a memory of her. She once gave me a bucket full of hexies and called it a “bucket full of smiles.” The bowl is sitting on her first hexagon quilt, called “Odyssey;” 100s of 1/2inch hexies sewing to make a galaxy; Jen’s own pattern. The quilting was perfect.
Here is the whole table with her basket. She brought that basket everywhere and she had so many projects ready to work on; hexies, spinning wool, knitting etc.
This is her urn and more of her; her motivation quilt that I made her which included messages from her friends and family. Her husband made the urn out of a maple tree that he and Jen found in the yard. It is of course in the shape of a hexagon with a big smile engraved on one side and flowers on another. So beautiful and heartfelt.
My Jen, Jen, Jen: the friend who was present and there for me in all my endeavours. I will miss her and I know that she will always be close to me, pushing me to live authentically.