Archive for Memory Quilts
Every year at this time, I get the urge to organize my studio. Spending countless hours on that black hole known as “Pinterest”, I get very motivated, but I am no closer to being organized than if I did nothing. Staying off Pinterest might help. The pictures of these fabulous studios must be of staged, non-working spaces. I do not see how a creative soul can work in a totally organized, labeled, sorted, space with all the fabric in neat stacks that are color coordinated.
All I have to do is walk into my studio and the “tornado winds” hit with full force. My cleaned desk is suddenly piled high. I have several boxes of items to put away. There is not a neat stack of fabric in sight. I have a couple of cups and my lunch dishes precariously balanced on a stack of patterns and books, and it all happens spontaneously.
Scheduling gardening, yard work, and quilting certainly becomes a juggling act at times. My yard is calling to me that it is becoming a hay field while I am quilting in the studio. Thank goodness I am as organized as I am. Nothing would get done if I let my attention drift.
I have completed a couple of projects this last month. I repaired an antique double wedding ring quilt but forgot to take her picture. Too bad. She was gorgeous with a green background and prairie points all around the edges.
I completed this memory quilt for a wonderful woman who lost her mother. I hope this quilt gives her comfort as she shares memories of Grandma with her children. Memory quilts are a fabulous way to use clothing items of the person who passed and create a quilt to wrap around shoulders or lay in a lap and remember!
Seems like every year at this time, I want to be outside enjoying the nice weather. I am being called to come enjoy the sunshine. The sun is out today, but the forecast is for rain, snow, and more cold weather. I always look at the bright side though. I need to do some spring cleaning, organizing of my studio, organizing of my fabric, and general paper work (tax stuff). Maybe I will enjoy today and tackle things tomorrow.
January is always a non-productive month as the Holidays zap your energy. I am not usually productive during this month, but this year is definitely different. I do not have a lot of energy, but I am working away at my passion, quilting.
I am working on a Double Wedding Ring for a client, a Mystery quilt for me (I do not usually take time to do something just for me), a Memory quilt for a client, and two quilts for my children, and the art piece for Flying M’s Valentine’s For Aids event. I am excited to have completed this Memory quilt so early in the new year.
This piece is for a husband whose wife passed suddenly. The wound left is great. His daughter gathered her mother’s garments, picked out the quilt pattern, the border fabrics, the backing fabric, and the quilting design. I took it from there.
I decided that I needed to change the quilt on my bed for the new year. This is a quilt that I made a while ago. I actually made two of them, one for my sister and one for me. It is a BIG, bright, beautiful one.
The end of November and the month of December is always very busy. I am trying to complete many quilts for the Holiday season and sometimes those quilts take on a life of their own. Some take longer than I expect and others just come together as if they can hardly wait to be made.
October has been such a busy month for me. I took Traveling Trixie out for her last trip this month. I am very sad to have to unload my vintage trailer and store her belongings for the winter. She is going to be undergoing a renovation this winter so I am ready to begin that process.
I also turned another year older this month. I think that I am getting better and better each year. I hope those friends and acquaintances continue to keep in contact with me during this next year so we can have a huge celebration for one of those big birthday years coming up.
Life is full of moments that we remember. Places we discovered, times with friends and family, favorite foods and gatherings, traditions we keep from generations past, are all part of those moments that we share and remember.
When a loved one passes, it is difficult at best to get through the hours and days. The memories we hold, the laughter and good times we remember, help with the loss. I want to share a way that I try to help those that have had a loss. I make Memory Quilts. These are quilts that are made from the garments of the loved one.