Saturday, 21 April 2018

Memory pillows

 Back in February I made these six custom memory pillows for a customer. She called at the end of last year asking if I could make pillows from clothing of a loved one's clothing.  He passed away a year ago this past March 1st and she wanted a pillow for herself, but also to gift pillows to his sons and his wife.


She picked star patterns for hers and the wife's pillow, but wanted simple patchwork for the sons'.  She had a nice variety of shirts so it was easy to match them up to make the pillows.
 

I embroidered custom labels for the backs of the pillows as well.
 



Pillows are a nice way to preserve memories of loved ones, especially when we want to spread the love between many siblings or if a quilt seems a little too expensive. 
 

Friday, 19 January 2018

Nancy's Quilt

 You may remember the memory quilts I made last year for the four children who lost their father to cancer. Well today I would like to share with you the quilt I made for their mother Nancy.


When I met with Nancy the first time, she had all of Kevin's clothes laid out in piles, separated by colour. When we picked the clothes for the kid's quilts, everything just came together perfectly. Nancy didn't know what she wanted for her quilt back then but by the time we came to work on her quilt, she was thinking she wanted a tree. And the funny thing was that the clothes that were left, were all in the perfect colour palette to make this beautiful tree.


I started by drawing out the tree and the mounds of grass. They are made from his pants and shirts.
Then I traced the leaves from some paper leaves Nancy had. 


Nancy gave me a list of scriptures that have special meaning to her and Kevin and I embroidered them on the some of the leaves. All of the leaves that don't have embroidery on them are from Kevin's clothes.





I appliqued everything down using matching threads. I used a zig zag stitch for the tree trunk and the mounds of grass, and I used a buttonhole stitch for the leaves.


The heart on the tree is also one of his shirts. I embroidered a K and an N on it before appliqueing it down with a satin stitch.



 The border is more of Kevin's clothing. The patch that says lucky you/lucky me is from his favorite pair of jeans, and the piece with the big clovers is the inside of the pocket from that same pair of jeans. 


The embroidered patches are from his Ralph Lauren polo shirts.



The quilt was custom quilted to add texture. There are leaves in the outer border and ribbon candy in the green inner border. Some landscape meandering and wavy lines were added to the mounds of grass and the bark was quilted on the tree trunk.



Details were added to the leaves and just a filler was quilted in the background. 




This is my favourite quilt I made in 2017. The meaning behind, the work I put into it... everything about it means so much.
I am so happy that Nancy came into my life. It is truly a blessing. 



Saturday, 9 September 2017

Giving Feels So Good - Charity Quilts

Last October I told you about a Charity my quilt group donated 15 quilts to. You can read about it here.  We decided to wait until we had another 15 quilts ready before we headed back to the home to donate them.

Earlier this week, my mom and I drove over with the 15 quilts that were finally ready and we were welcomed with opened arms. 

Charity Quilts

Charity Quilts

Again, we had some orphan blocks, and we used some of our scraps and some fabrics from our stash to make these lap quilts for the young moms at the home. They get to use them while they stay there and then bring them with them when they leave.  

sampler quilt
sampler quilt made from Betty's orphan blocks

big block quilt
Big Block quilt

Perky Patches
Perky Patches

Nine Patch
Nine Patch
 We work on these quilts at our weekly get-together, and at our retreats. We plan some of them together but each of us sews individually.  Alice quilts them and Pat did the binding on most of these. Each has a label that says: " Stitched for you with love 2017".

Brick Quilt
Brick Quilt - inspired by Crazy Mom Quilts

Big Block quilt
Big Block quilt

Framed squares
 There are 15 beds at the home so we brought 15 quilts. Each girl will get the chance to go pick her own quilt.

Brick quilt
Brick quilt - inspired by Crazy Mom Quilts

Framed squares

Big Block quilt
Big Block quilt

Big block quilt
Big Block quilt
 My mom and I left the home with big smiles on our faces and we had so many ideas for more quilts. We were itching to come home and make more!

Big block quilt
Big Block quilt

piece of cake 2
Piece of Cake 2 - pattern by Thimbleblossoms

HSTs in flannel
HSTs in Flannel
 We've already got some ready to be quilted and have some fabric picked out to make a few more! It definitely feels so so good to give! :)

Friday, 1 September 2017

Gabrielle's T-shirt Quilt

A few months ago, I received a phone call from Gabrielle's mom asking if I could make a t-shirt quilt. Gabrielle had saved all of her t-shirts and jerseys from when she played competitive volleyball back in high school and she now wanted to have them made into a quilt.

When I met with Gabrielle, I was a little surprised at how many shirts she actually had. She wanted as many of the shirts as possible in the quilt. So that was my challenge, using as many of the shirts as I could but keeping the size of the quilt reasonable because she wanted to be able to use it.

Gabrielle's T-shirt quilt
Gabrielle's T-Shirt Quilt

It was a little like putting a puzzle together. I had fun figuring it out.

Gabrielle's T-shirt quilt
close-up of Gabrielle's T-Shirt Quilt

I used a fusible interfacing on the back of each t-shirt to make it easier to piece it. I used a cotton backing and Hobbs 80/20 batting. I quilted Ribbon Swirls on it because the pattern kind of reminded me of Volley balls and it gave nice texture to the quilt.

Gabrielle's T-shirt quilt
close-up of Gabrielle's T-Shirt Quilt

I used the same cotton fabric for the binding as I did for the backing. I think the black fabric framed the quilt nicely.

label for Gabrielle's t-shirt quilt
Label

It was a nice surprise when I called her to tell her that the quilt was ready and I found out that it was her birthday. She came to pick it up the very same day.

Gabrielle's T-shirt quilt
Gabrielle's T-Shirt Quilt

I'm happy to know Gabrielle will be able to wrap herself up in wonderful memories!

Gabrielle's T-shirt Quilt
Gabrielle's T-Shirt Quilt 


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

more blocks for my 150 Canadian Women quilt

This is such a busy time of year with the school year and my daughter's competitive gymnastics coming to an end. Then there is my youngest daughter's soccer season that starts. It just doesn't seem to end, and honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way!
But it does cut into my sewing and quilting time. So I haven't had much to post in a while.

I did have a quiet day today as I am feeling a bit under the weather, so some time in my studio seemed like a good idea.  I got quite a few new blocks done for my 150 Canadian Women quilt and I thought you all might like to see them.



These are blocks 16 to 27.  I am still very far behind because blocks 91 to 93 were posted today on the Next Step Quilt Designs web site. I am still hoping to get the quilt done before the end of the year so I have lots of time to catch up.

I am really enjoying reading about all of the Canadian pioneering women and then picking out the fabric for each block.