Michael Christopher Kessler (1982 - 1999)

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    2004, 67" x 67"
    Fragments of Michaels’s baby cloths, cloth toys, t-shirts, karate belts, and the jeans and plaid shirt he died in. Made in the studio with Mary Kessler, Micheal's mother. Machine and hand pieced, hand quilted.

    This quilt is made from the clothing of Michael Christopher Kessler, who took his life when he was 17.

    His mother, Mary, brought to my studio, boxes of clothes, cloth toys and baby quilts from his infancy, childhood and teenage years. She unwrapped karate belts, booted jumpers, stuffed dinosaurs, small t-shirts with zoo animals and monster trucks. . .

    We cried together when she uncovered and touched the pair of blue jeans and the short sleeved, plaid shirt he chose to die in.

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    1. slowasaurus 96 months ago | reply

      I'm sorry to hear about someone dying that way-especially someone so young. I lost my brother to suicide september, 2006. Its been hard on my parents and me as well. My mom found a company here in columbus, oh that makes quilts from t-shirts. My brother had a lot of shirts so we decided to make quilts from them. I think its a nice way of remembering them.

    2. cindratee 95 months ago | reply

      Such a beautiful, cheerful quilt with such a sad story. My heart goes out to you and the mother.

    3. travelin_kim 43 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful blanket with us. My mother just finished a blanket (not a t-shirt), in honor of my older brother Michael, who passed away do to an illness in (B.1983-) 1999. Many hugs to Mary.

    4. elnorac 33 months ago | reply

      What a sad, sad story, but I'm so glad you helped Mary make this beautiful quilt!

    5. fretnotyourself 3 months ago | reply

      I've admired this quilt and the reason you made it for several years. It came to mind again in light of the recent tragedies. Wrapping yourself in the clothes of loved ones is such a comfort when they are not here for us to put our arms around.

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