Thursday, October 27, 2011

Memorial Quilts - made from his shirts part 2

 Here are the other three memorial quilts I made....

 I used flannel for the binding and the back of each one.

I made this one for the mom, it's a bit bigger than the other three.
I cut one of his pockets and incorporated into the quilt


What an awesome experience it has been to make these quilts.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Memorial quilts - made from his shirts

Back in the spring one of our wonderful 2nd grade teachers lost her husband to a brain tumor. They have three beautiful daughters. We were all heart broken for their family. I didn't know her very well but when I saw her walking in to school a few weeks later I asked if I could give her a hug, it felt good. A few days later I got an email asking if I would make quilts for her and her three daughters using his shirts.
I have made a handful of memorial quilts for people, it's an awesome experience. It's difficult but therapeutic. I'm aware of the loss with every stitch but I think about the comfort having these textures to touch will be to his family.

This is the first one I finished. His shirts are the gray and white plaids.
I found the perfect flannel for the back of each quilt, nice and cozy.
I stitched the binding down using a blanket stitch, it should be nice and sturdy and last a long time. It's been a true honor to make these quilts.

Here are three of them in different stages, I have finished them and will photograph and blog about later.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Departures of all kinds...

Karey Bresenhan, Queen of the Quilting World, owner of Quilts, Inc. and Director of the International Quilt Festival is opening the Texas Quilt Museum. She asked quilters to donate a small piece for their gift shop to help raise funds for the museum. I sent her my Fiberactions Challenge - Departure of the Sun. 

Departure of the Sun 16" x 20"
I'm heading to Houston in November to the International Quilt Festival in November with my friend Sue Bleiweiss. We'll be assisting Iris in the Mistyfuse booth and I'll be doing a demo in Sue Pelland Designs booth. I'm really looking forward to seeing lots of online quilting friends and the quilts of course!

This lovely spider built her web across the door to our deck. A few days into her living there we watched a sweet bird land on the rail look at the spider, fly to the window and eat it! It was crazy, she was gone just like that.....