Dedicated to a beautiful little boy Cooper (Coops) Eason.
Above is a picture of Cooper, an adorable son of a dear friend of mine. Cooper was born in Sydney Australia on October 6th 2004 and passed away in his sleep on August 3rd 2006 at the age of 22 months, exactly 4 years ago today. His passing wasn’t classified as SIDS as that is for under 12 months of age but SUDC (sudden unexplained death in childhood).
I have been thinking of Cooper a lot lately as my own child approaches 22 months of age. I could not imagine what it would be like to loose her. It was this time in 2006 that he became an angel in heaven so I wanted to tell you about a quilt I made for his family.
My gorgeous friend Melissa (Cooper’s Mum) and I came up with the idea of making a quilt from his t-shirts, pj’s and sheets.
With much care and trepidation I cut up his little shirts into even squares. This was by far the hardest part for me!
I spread the squares out on my cutting table and arranged and rearranged until I found a pleasing design. I sewed the coloured rows together first then connected each row together to make the quilt. I added a little football jersey and the soles from his all in one sleep suit.
The backing fabric was actually one of his sheets from his bed and the binding around the edge I made out of another sheet of his. I stitched in the ditch to hold the layers of fabric and batting together.
I also machine embroidered a little quilt label for the back of his quilt with the date and a message.
Being such a special and treasured item (irreplaceable really) I decided to make a little matching bag to protect and keep the quilt safe. Cooper loved The Wizard of Oz and was captivated by Dorothy and the song “Somewhere over the Rainbow”. Another friend designed the rainbow Cooper logo for Melissa and I converted it into an embroidery file to sew out and place on the Dorothy look check fabric from his sheets.
This is THE most rewarding quilt I have ever made. I am so happy that I could do this for my friend and her family and so honored that she trusted me with his clothes and gave me the freedom to create something beautiful for them to cuddle when they want to feel close to him.
I think about Cooper a lot and talk to my kids about him too, he was just a little older than my eldest daughter.
He is missed by many.
If you would like to read more about Cooper he has his own “memory of” website please visit it here. And/or if you would like to make a donation to SIDS and Kids please visit here.