Saturday, June 11, 2011

Cesarean Quilt: Complete

Edit:  I revisited this quilt and you can read more about it here.

I finally finished sewing the binding and hanging sleeve on the Cesarean Quilt earlier this week (previous post here, first post here).  It took a couple more days to get photos of it and hang it in our bedroom though.

Finished size is about 65" x 38", I chose a light grey for the binding.

The back, which I like just as much as the front!

Over our bed.  Again, the red is not supposed to be blood, it's just a powerful color that holds a lot of (quilted) powerful words.

The label, quited in.

I am so happy to have this quilt done.  Part of me expected to magically have all of the negative feelings gone by making it...but that is not the case.  However, it was wonderful to work on, and my husband and I both reviewed the whole cesarean experience and discussed everything quite a bit.  And it is really nice to have all of our emotions out of ourselves, ya know?  We don't need to hold onto them anymore.  No matter how much we think or talk about what might have been, what happened happened, and now all we can do is deal with the left over emotional damage.  This quilt was a big part of the that :-)


  1. It looks great hanging above your bed!

  2. I just read about your stunning quilt over at the International Museum of Women site. It was wonderful to read about the healing you and your husband have experienced while making it.

    I too have been quilting for the last few years. I am a Mum in Brisbane, Australia who has two daughters. Our first was born through a hospital birth centre (with what I felt was unnecessary intervention) and our second in a beautiful waterbirth with a midwife at home. I volunteer to improve women's birth choices, through maternity consumer advocacy group Maternity Coalition. We are lucky to have a wonderful group here in Brisbane called Birthtalk, which supports women to heal from disappointing/traumatic births and work towards an empowered birth. I know they will love your quilt.

    Thank you for sharing your precious, powerful piece. Sending you abundant blessings for your upcoming birth, and that you feel safe, supported and empowered every step of the way.

  3. Renee, I am the Education Director for ICAN and we would love to speak with you about your incredible work! I can't find a way to contact you on your site so would you please email me at warmly -- Krista

  4. Renee - my cousin sent me a link to the Int'l Museum of Women where your Cesarean Quilt was featured. I wanted to let you know how much your quilt and story meant to me. After 34 hours of labor and then an emergency c-section, I met my healthy and beautiful son. And while I was so thankful he was healthy, I was devastated around how his birth went. Like you stated - everyone said I shouldn't worry about how he was born, just that he was fine. No one has articulated how I felt/feel until I read about your quilt and the words on it. Just because c-sections are common, doesn't make them less traumatic. Most people seemed annoyed at my "complaining" but I wanted to talk it out, share my disappointment, fear, pain. It was like I had let my unborn son down by "allowing" the c-section to happen. I wanted to thank you so much for explaining to others, through your work, what this experience is like for some women. Forever grateful, Damiana, Seattle WA

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  6. Wow. This is just STUNNING. I would love for you to revisit it (like you said in your recent May post). Seriously, stunning. I don't have other words.