It was a very busy and productive Christmas season. I continue to be thankful that so many families trust me with their cherished memories.
Below are samples of two of my recent memory quilts made from jeans and dress shirts. It still amazes me that clothing transforms into such beautiful quilts.
I just finished this custom Memory quilt. It is made from men's dress shirts, jeans and khakis. These are beautiful shirts that match perfectly with jeans.
I love the pops of yellow!
This will be given to a special little boy in remembrance of his father.
I have always loved curved quilt blocks. Now I have a new "Quick Curve Ruler" to play with. Years ago I made a red and white quilt named "Robbing Peter to pay Paul", in which I used a template and appliqued all of the curved pieces. I love the quilt but it was a labor of love; it took me forever. This new ruler has made curved blocks so much easier, quicker and fun to make.
I just finished this practice table runner, and love how it came out.
Below is a pic of my "Robbing Peter to Pay Paul" (one of my favorites) that I finished in 2010.
I have recently completed three Memory Quilts and a Memory Dog . They are all made from men's clothing and will be a loving tribute to a great Dad and Husband.
Happy New Year to all of my clients. I have enjoyed working with you, and thank you for putting your trust in me.
It continues to be a busy winter. I am sewing up a storm (but can do without any more snow).
Before Christmas I was asked to make an apron out of a dress shirt. My client sent me a shirt that belonged to her father. It was a nice black and white checked shirt, and we added embroidery. Pockets were made out of the shirt cuffs.
This came out so nice that I decided to make an apron for my grandsons. I found some fishy dress shirts at the thrift shop and added some kid-sized utensils.
Over the years I have been asked to make or repair some strange things , but this takes the cake.
A friend of mine asked me if I could make her son's snake a sweater for his birthday (the snake's, not her son).
I am not a fan of snakes in any form but after Googling it I got an idea of how it should look. I got the circumference and length of this reptile and made a sleeve for it. Apparently he or she loves it.
I have been busy this season making memory pillows, Santas and quilts. I usually make my Santas from wool clothing, but I have made quite a few out of men's dress shirts, jean shirts and my new favorite, madras clothing. They all come out so cute.
Memory pillows can be made out of various clothing, ties and sweaters. They are a great way to use those old neckties as well as favorite clothing of a loved one.
A few months ago I was lucky to make an amazing quilt for an amazing woman. She has been in the Dutch military for 22 years and has lead an incredible life. Her t-shirts (which numbered around 60) told the story of her adult life in the military. Her shirts covered her efforts in wars in places like Croatia and Afghanistan .
Some quilts just make themselves, and this was one of them.