Earlier we were discussing memory quilts, and ways to handle them.
Clothing is such a personal item ---fabric that has been worn close to the heart. Memories are so often attached to these every day items, yet it is not always easy to find a way to use fabrics ---Cutting into them can be hard too, when a lifetime of feelings are attached to that piece of clothing once worn by a loved one.
I remember a sweatshirt I received after my grandmother passed, and how it smelled like her perfume. I could never bring myself to wash that sweat shirt for a long long time, because I didn’t want to “wash Grannie away.”
She smelled like Dove soap and Jergens lotion and this one perfume that I never did find out what it was ---hugging that shirt and burying my face in it brought Grannie back close to me many times.
If you WANT to make a simple memory quilt, here’s an idea from Ingrid, all the way from Germany!
Here comes my story für "quilting is therapy"
(Excuse my English, I am from Germany and my English at school is long long ago)
My father died in 2011 two months after his 90. birthday, suddenly and unexpected. I took home with me the shirt that he wore that day.
I cut it apart and ironed steam-a-seam on the pieces. Then I cut 90 different leave-shapes.(My father liked it when my sister and brother and I knew trees and plants with their names in our childhood).
I ironed these leaves onto the brown fabric, added batting and backing and sewed the shapes and quilted in the same time. I finished three days later and I was "ready" with saying goodbye.
The quilt is now hanging in our stairway.I love how symbolic this simple quilt is. One leaf for each precious year of her father’s life. Such a beautiful tribute. And it only took ONE FABRIC from ONE SHIRT plus the addition of a complimentary background. It speaks volumes about a lifetime of love between a father and a daughter. It is there in her stairwell every day as a reminder.
Ingrid from Moers/Germany
Thank you, Ingrid for sharing your quilt and your story with us!
It’s Monday morning! The only thing on my calendar today besides getting the next round of book orders out is a check up and cleaning at the dentist at 1pm.
I sewed ONE MORE ROW on the width of the pieced backing last night…it was about 3” too narrow after I measured it against the quilt ---I’ve even prepped the binding! Tonight – I’m loading it into the long arm!
Have a great Monday, everyone ---