Jill was fortunate to have been raised by a mother and grandmother who passed on their skills for sewing and pattern making. She was also encouraged to cultivate her own tastes and make things on her own. I think this gave Jill the ability to create beauty in almost every area of her life. Here are some examples from my short time of knowing her:
* Having to live in a small apartment? Well, look at how handy all my things are and check out the view from my window!
* Having poor health? That's okay because I have two cute drivers that pick me up every day for my trip to the doctor (she called them "the boys").
* My client doesn't want me to use animal materials (wool, for example)? Fine - I will figure out how to block synthetic wool and improve on my technique at the same time!
I admired how much she loved her life. I also admired how much confidence she had in herself.
I learned today that Jill passed away. I don't know the circumstances. But in my selfish mind all I can think is "how am I going to do without her" and "who is going to answer all my questions?" I know if Jill was sitting here with me she would probably say "you know what to do - just think."
Jill loved all the people in her life - especially her daughter, her son and her grandchildren. She spoke often about them because she always shared with you everything that was going on in her life. I miss you, Jill. And I hope you know how much you were loved by all your students.