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Thread: Has anyone ever done a quilt for someone who has passed away???

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    Senior Member taiboo's Avatar
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    Has anyone ever done a quilt for someone who has passed away???

    I was asked if I would be willing to make a quilt out of clothes of a loved one that passed away - I guess the person that passed has child/children (and the grandmother asked if it was possible do this - to give the kids as they get older.

    I am calling the family today to discuss - I've never made one out of clothes before.

    Thoughts???

    Thanks
    Kimberly

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    It's fairly common to make quilts from the clothes of a departed person. Often photos are incorporated into the quilt. Any type of clothing can be used, but of course the cottons are easier to work with. If you're not comfortable with making the quilt yourself, you might refer them to someone else. This site even offers to do it professionally - http://www.elegacyquilts.com/lost_loved_ones.htm

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    i have done it and it felt so good when i got the notes of appreciation
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    A lot of it depends on the fabric. I have done bear paw quilts out of men's shirts and pants, and nine patch/snowball blocks with tshirts and lady's dresses. I think I have done about 7 or 8 now and thoroughly enjoyed doing them. The only thing I found, was that I had to lightly starch every piece before cutting, with the exception of the pants. It can be very tedious taking apart all the shirts or dresses, but, it is VERY rewarding to present the families with the quilts afterwards. Good luck with endeavor and please post pictures.

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    Just talked to the person - the lady who passed on was in her late 30's, has 3 children - they would like a quilt made for each child. Hoping to meet next week to discuss. I have no problem doing it, just have never done it, need to research some.

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    I made three last winter out of a man's shirts. He had passed away very unexpectedly, and I was asked to make a quilt for each of his two daughters and his wife. I was a nervous wreck that the family would not be happy with them, but they all absolutely loved them. It was really quite gratifying.
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    My Dad sent me a lap sized quilt made from my Moms clothes, I Love It. Every few days I look at it and find some other thing that I remember her wearing, I did not live near my folks, so my Dad used the summer type clothes that I would be more familiar with. I love it, it brings such sweet memories.
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    I lost my husband a couple years ago.....I made both of my only grandchildren lap size quilts out of Grandpas shirts, ties, shorts and dress pants....included a picture of him with them.....turned out really really cute. Would do again for sure.....
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    I have two friends who both lost their husbands. They made quilts for their kids out of the mens shirts. They were nice....nothing fancy, just blocks.

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    I am going to start one for my BFF who's hubby passed on. She said it would be like a hug from him every time she needed it.

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    A very good friend lost her grown son and a few months later handed me a shirt he had worn a lot. She said she wanted a quilt for her wall, a place to think (to pray?) about him, a memory place. I made a simple star out of the fabric which was striped. She couldn't put it up for about 6 months or a year after I gave it to her but then put it up. She thanked me with tears; told me it was perfect. Also, she had said she wanted to have a place to put pictures on it so I left the four corner the white of the shirt. Later she said the shirt itself was enough. I think it was one more step in her grief process.

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    I did three larger sized quilts and one doggie one. Two sisters and a brother. They did not have many clothes, her hospital gown she passed in (I know some would be creeped out by that, did not bother me at all) her favorite jeans and tee shirts. Here is a link to what I did. I just cut everything that I could salvage into squares and they wanted to choose their own quilts so I did not make any of them gender specific and received a really good response back from the owners. perhaps this helps.. It was a very daunting task for me since I am just not a top rated quilter myself. http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t155575-2.html
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    I have made several. I have posted several pics of them here on the board. I called them memory quilts. Each one turned out wonderful. One of them was for a lady that passed away before her grandbaby arrived. She loved the outdoors, so i incorporated some of the animals that she loved. For instance, she was a turkey hunter, so I appliuqed a turkey, and other things that she loved...A couple of others that I did were for a son and daughter that lost their dad. He was a Georgia bulldogs fan, so I thread painted a georgia bulldog on each of the quilts, and he loved to fish, so, of course, there were several different things I did, one appliqued a fisherman, and fish...just things that he loved. Everyone was very pleased with their memory quilts...Good luck with yours.

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    my brother just passed away and I have a lot of his t-shirts and am going to make quilts for my sisters and brothers. Is there a easy pattern to work with. I really would like something easy but not just blocks if can help it. I'm not a pro at quilting and just starting to try free motion quilting. I figured lap quilts would be great and one sister wants a 10x13 quilt for a frame. Thanks for any help.
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    I have a friend who's beloved dog of 18 years passed away. She asked if I would make her a quilt of the dogs "clothes". How can you say no when she is standing ther crying when asking. I made it. She loved it when I gave it to her. I think that her dog had more clothes than I do!

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    My friend just gave me 6 large totes of her mom's clothes and gave me free reign to make as many quilts as I can using the clothes of her mom for family gifts. I have found the work to be so satisfying (even if it has kept me away from the board while making them) especially when I see the joy in her face as she remembers the outfits and her mom. I also love it because while I am making them I wonder what she would think of the pattern I chose and how they were put together. I plan on doing the same for my family out of clothing from my grandmother and grandfather as I want to be sure that part of them is always remembered in such a cherished gift.
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    I think this would be a wonderful gift to the family if you're able to do this. If you end up with a lot of knits, such as t-shirts, google how to make t-shirt quilts for tips. Good luck.

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    How I wish I had saved some of my parents clothing and made quilts. What a nice thing you are doing for this family.

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    I just finishe making teddy bears, abot 13 of them from my aunts clothing.
    everyone loved them

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    I just finishe making teddy bears, abot 13 of them from my aunts clothing.
    everyone loved them
    The fabs i used were knits, just backed then with feather wt iron on interfacing

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    I just finishe making teddy bears, abot 13 of them from my aunts clothing.
    everyone loved them
    The fabs i used were knits, just backed then with feather wt iron on interfacing
    Lynnie, do you have a picture? Would love to see them!

    I've never made a memory quilt, but have thought about it. I have most of my mother's clothes upstairs in a closet. I've already pulled any that I can/will wear myself, and can't part with the rest. DH calls me a hoarder... which I am of all that my DM loved and wanted me to have!
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    I made two quilts out of t-shirts for the children of a man who passed away last year. They enjoyed looking at the different parts, remembering an event they shared with their father. It's a great idea to use the clothing to make a quilt, the recipients will feel themselves wrapped in the love of their dear departed.
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    I made teddy bears our of my friend's mom's house dresses. I cut the dresses into strips, sewed them together randomly then cut the strips into squares and made patchwork teddy bears. They came out adorable
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    Yes! My SIL passed away in August. I asked for her clothes so I could make a quilt for my DH. What I was provided with would make at least a dozen quilts - so far I have completed 4 and donated them to the special needs school near us. Something for the adults (kids) to remember her by....

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    I have done several...all were cherished. Also made throw pillows out of whole shirts. I made them look like the shirt was just folded, color intact. It was fulfilling to give someone somthing to hodl on those dark nights.

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