May 13, 2016
Wrap yourself with memories of one who has passed. When a parent or grandparent has passed, who feels it the most? Kids and grandkids have a special bond. A custom quilt made from their clothing can be a special 'hug' from those who are not here any longer. Don't forget to have one made for YOU.
My grand-daughter was having a particularly difficult time last night at dinner. Lots of tears. While I was planning on gifting the grandkids with the wonderful memory quilts you made for Christmas, I had to bring out Ashleys quilt and give it to her now. She wrapped herself in the quilt, gave me a tearful smile, and said - "grandpa is giving me a hug". We were all bawling after that. Thank you so much.
We can use almost any piece of clothing. Just keep in mind that if that item of clothing can't be laundered (i.e. silk or paper) then it might not be the best item to include in this quilt. We WANT this quilt to be used, and to be used for years to come. And for this same reason, we recommend that memory quilts be 'throw' sized. These quilts can be used in a chair, on the couch or just wrapped around when a private moment is needed. When you bring your items in, we will go through the clothing and let you know if it can be used successfully or if we should not use it.
While the best clothing items for quilting are woven cottons and cotton blends, we can use most any item. [OK, hats are pretty hard to get to lie flat... ] Knit fabrics can be used because we do use a 100% woven cotton stabilizer. It is not that STIFF stuff that many non-professional quilt-makers use. A good stabilizer is necessary to prevent distortion when quilting and makes that quilt last a lifetime through many launderings. We can use sweaters (unless they are really thick) as blocks, because our soft cotton stabilizer allows us to quilt this with no problem.
We have a couple of styles that work really well with lots of random items of clothing. A Traditional Quilt (left) takes a consistent size square and is surrounded by sashing and cornerstones. Your choice of sashing and border color fabrics. We can use a few or as many as you like items of clothing. With the Traditional style quilt, we offer two sizes. 35 blocks or 48 blocks. The quilt pictured to the left s a 48 blocks (larger) sized throw.
Another style of quilt that we find successful as a Memory Quilt is the modified Fractions Quilt. We cut a consist ant size rectangle surrounded by strips that cause a secondary pinwheel pattern. This quilt is a more modern version but still just as comforting for the owner.
You select the fabrics that we design your quilt with from over 700 bolts of in-stock fabrics. If you have a special request, just let us know by contacting us today!
We have a couple of new styles that we offer for memory quilts. We did several of these for a client a couple of months ago. He had a bunch of the 'same' t-shirt left over from a fund-raiser for his wife that had died from ovarian cancer. So, rather than making a quilt that was overly repetitive with the same shirt, we came up with this design that just used five of the tee shirts. It is based on the traditional quilt called Carpenter Star. This quilt is actually a square, but can be lengthened by adding an additional border on two sides.
Another style of memory quilt that is very popular is the the 4-square style. This style of quilt utilizes both t-shirts and clothing. The clothing is pieced into "4-patches" and are the same size at the t-shirt blocks. This quilt can use up to 20 different pieces of clothing.
Do you have clothing hanging in a closet, or maybe you have packed away? You can't bear to toss them or donate to charity. You want to do something that is a tangible remembrance of your loved one.