The Mourning Quilt

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Date(s) - 22/02/2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



Wed evenings, 7-8.30pm 6 sessions- virtual

February 22nd, March 1st,  8th, 29th, April 5th , 12th

There is a two week break to accommodate both March break and personal sewing time.

Expect work time between sessions. Quilts may not be completed during the course time frame, but each step will be covered to allow individuals to finish work with confidence after the program ends.

Instructor: Jen Brant

This course is about both the practical and the intangible.

We will learn (or practice) the skills of paper piece quilting while creating a safe enough space to explore grief and mourning. 

Using a specific mapping tool called a Voronoi diagram, participants each create a unique constellation of points on a grid that correspond to points of tenderness, grief, or memory. What emerges might be whimsical, or contemplative, or could be the embodiment of multiple emotional states. There will be room for conversation and curiosity as we invite ourselves to feel and allow our hands to be an outlet, in a space that we create to hold our vulnerability with care. 

 This quilt will be hand sewn  so basic stitching skills are required.

(Participants will have the option of machine quilting, though this will not be covered in the course.)

The finished size will be approximately 36” x  48”. 

Materials required:

 A piece of paper, 36” x 48”,

  Coloured pencils or pens,

A long straightedge ,

A ruler and/or measuring tape

 Pre-washed woven cotton, fabric pieces, ideally no smaller than 10” square

(these fabrics can be significant in any way you like – old shirts, sheets, meaningful colours or patterns)

 Thread for sewing, Thread for quilting (usually slightly thicker than sewing thread)

 Needles for sewing and quilting (I use a size 9 between, which is a fairly traditional needle for hand quilting) 

 Note: some people like their quilting stitches to be a visual component of their quilt and use embroidery thread and needle. This is totally fine! 

Some kind of batting -cotton, wool, layers of flannel – 36” x 48”

 A piece of backing fabric -36” x 48”


The Instructor  has made one full scholarship available by reducing her artist fee.

Visit here to learn more about how our tiered pricing works.


This event is fully booked.