Sunday, February 24, 2013

This close

I am this close (I know you can't see my fingers held almost together) to finishing my friend's memory quilt.  A little background...My friend at work lost his parents within 6 months of each other.  I had offered to make him a memory quilt from his mother's clothing.  He was hesitant about asking his father.  Then about six months later his father past away.  He asked me if I would make him one quilt out of both of their clothing. 
Not finished completely, hopefully will finish tonight, but I can't stand it any longer.  You can click on the picture to see them better.
I always try and make a memory quilt special.  I like for them to tell a story about the person.
The two touching stars in the middle represent his parents, touching and sharing two points.
The nine smaller stars present their children (yes , nine kids)

His mother passed away in the spring.
What represents spring more than a daffodil.
His father passed away in the fall.
When the leaves fall to the ground.
They were married 56 years. They married in 1956 and was married 56 years.  I thought that was kind of special.
They were devoted Christians.

His father loved and raised horses.

They were love birds.
They were the Salyers.
I know I have to fix that "r"
The children's names are around the center of the quilt, my battery died so no more pictures outside.
The quilting showed up much better in the pictures outside.
I'll take more before I give it to him.
I am so excited for him to see it.
I think it tuned out beautiful and I hope he thinks the same.
A lot of work, thread and bobbins.
More on the details next time.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Another memory quilt

Now that January is over and the rush at work is pretty much over I can get back to what I love....
quilting and sewing and being creative.
I went on my very first retreat and had an absolutely wonderful time, so wonderful I forgot to take pictures.  I did start and finish DH Christmas quilt, still not quilted, but a flimsy.
A friend at work lost his mother and father last year within 6 months.  I offered to make him a memory quilt when his mother passed away, but he never found the right time to ask his father for some of his mother's clothes.  Then when his father passed he wanted me to make one quilt from both of their clothes.
I had a hard time coming up with any ideas, the clothes he brought was... well not the best selection for a quilt. The other problem I had was there were 9 children, an uneven number.  I like for memory quilts to have a story, so I had to come up with something.  I didn't take any pictures before I loaded it on the frame, wish I had so I could see the whole quilt while quilting.  Live and learn.

Just a few pictures of the quilting so far..
I purchased a few
of Judi's templates,
and used one on this quilt.
Well, better get back to work having fun and finish this one, I have several more to work on.