Thursday, May 26, 2011

I am a-palled!

I have a friend named Alice in California who is making her own casket pall. What, you may ask, is a casket pall? It's the cloth that gets draped over one's casket for one's funeral. She's piecing the blocks in diamond shapes in shades of black, grey, and cream, and then embellishing them in any colors. I asked her if I could embellish a block for her, and she agreed to let me.

Now I should explain about Alice. Some consider Alice "Looney"...including her family, evidently, as they have called her Betty the Loon. On the Newbies list, she is known affectionately as "Looney Sis" by Crazy Judyth. Alice has a crafting "shed" in her backyard that is known as "The Looney Bin". Yes, Alice is delightfully Looney in the finest sense of the word.

Here is the naked block as she sent it to me.

I knew what I wanted to add to her block, but had to think about it for several weeks to figure out how to do it. As the Wicked Witch of the West says, "These things must be done delicately."
I finally settled on painting the image on cotton fabric. It's the end of the old Looney Tunes cartoons, minus Porky Pig stuttering (I didn't think he'd be formal enough, despite his bow tie).

And here's how it looks appliqued to the block. I'm hoping Alice won't think it's TOO irreverent, and that her family will not hate it. I want to go on record here by saying that I don't personally believe that death is the end for any of us. It may be "that's all folks" for the physical body, but it is my belief that the spirit that is really "us" will go on to bigger and better things; that a better saying might be "this is just the beginning folks!", but that wouldn't fit into the little circle.

I've got more stitching and embellishing to do, and Alice has said there's no rush. I'm glad to hear that. I hope it's many years before she is ready to use her pall.


Gerry Krueger said...

I think that the grandest idea ever and will add that to my list... I've always wanted to build my own coffin so I should have a pall also... right? Gerry

shawkl said...

I agree with Gerry, what a grand idea! I've seen quilts draped over a casket, but never a crazy quilt style. The usual of course is a flag or flowers...but, I love the idea of a crazy quilt. This will go on my bucket list!

Cathy K said...

What a clever idea! Your looney friend is also very lucky! Big hugs, Cathy

Momma Bear said...

what a marvelous idea!
you know the victorians may have been a stodgy bunch but they had a lot of really good ideas on how to deal with the death of a loved one. which included being ready for it and not denying the possibility. I think this, is by far, the healthier way to think of such things!
I'm all for it!
and as for your friend being "loony" she is in good company!we're all a little loopy. it's those who insist they're sane you have to watch out for!

Maddie Can Fly said...

This is so hilarious! Alice will love it!!! And I do too.

and btw, my word verification is: gigalin (gigglin) ha ha ha