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Thread: MEMORY QUILTS

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    :-) MY FATHER JUST PASSED AWAY AND I AM GOING TO TRY AND MAKE A MEMORY QUILT WITH HIS CLOTHES. THIS WILL BE A FIRST FOR ME AND WOULD WELCOME ANY SUGGESTIONS. I AM A BEGINNER AT QUILTING I HAVE ONLY DONE THE MOST SIMPLE ONES. BUT, I WANT TO DO THIS SO MAY DADDY WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HOME CONTINUING TO MAKE IT WARM AND COZY. SO, PLEASE ANY HELP WOULD BE SO APPRECIATED BY ME AND MY FAMILY. I WILL BE DOING THIS ON A REG. SEWING MACHINE.
    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FROM MY FAMILY AND I
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    Am so sorry for your loss, the quilt will be a wonderful treasured memory of him. Wish that I had thought of that after my mom passed. My neighbor is doing one with her father's flannel shirts. A ragged edge quilt is easy and very pretty.

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    THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUICK REPLY THAT WILL BE SOMETHING TO LOOK INTO.

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    I love the idea of making a memorial for your dad. Sorry for your loss - it's never easy. This is a great way to remember him in a positive and lasting way. These are two quilts that I made for my children from clothing that meant something to them. The first is a quilt for my son from his shirts. Manly. There is one similar to this at www.quiltville.com The next one is a quilt for my daughter's wedding. I used scraps from all the dresses I made her as a little girl. I was supervisor of a fabric store and made most of the model clothing for the store, then got to keep them.

    This is just a couple of examples of what can be done. Keep us posted!

    I also used scraps from my daughter's dresses from when she was a little girl and made this for her wedding. (complete with a photo of her in each dress in an album)
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    I used Adam's shirts and made this quilt. It turned out great!
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    THESE ARE GREAT GIVES ME A IDEA. I DO HAVE A QUESTIONS SINCE I AM FAIRLY NEW AT THIS. HE WAS A RETIRED VETERAN OF 4 WARS. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MAYBE THE BORDER BEING RED, WHITE AND BLUE, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT? I WAS ALSO THINKING OF FIND PRINTS OF HIS MEDALS AND RIBBONS HE WAS AWARDED LIKE THE PURPLE HEART AND PRINT ON FABRIC AS A SQ. OR MAYBE THAT SHOULD BE A SEPARATE QUILT. I AM THINKING SEPARATE. LIKE I SAID I AM NEW AT THIS AND DOING IT ON A REG. SEWING MACHINE.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR IDEAS

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    You could do seperate quilts, the medal one would be nice as a wall hanging. You have lots of planning to do but will be something special.

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    My dear father-in-law passed away a few weeks ago. I mentioned to my mother-in-law that I was interested in making some lap quilts from his flannel shirts at a later date. He loved flannel shirts, and they will make cozy quilts. I'm planning very simple patterns, four patch or nine patch, and will likely purchase some solid-color flannel for sashing the blocks and the back of the quilts. I do think I'm going to cut out the chest pockets intact and use as a block, as they were near to his heart. I don't intend these to be show quilts, just soft and comforting.

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    My DIL made a Sun Bonnet Sue and Fisherman (?) out of her and her siblings baby clothes for her mother. It was so cute.

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    I am so so sorry for your loss, both my parents are gone too.

    Here's an easy one to make. I made this for a friend who's hubby passed.

    http://www.quilterscache.com/S/ScotsPlaidBlock.html



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    So sorry for your loss.

    One question. What types of clothes did he like to wear the most ? Strange question I know, but if he has a lot of T-shirts, you could use them to make a quilt . Attach to stabilzer , cut out the front panels(designs) and add to fabric.

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    If you do one with a more miltary theme, you might want to print pictures of him in uniform at various time in his career and and them to the quilt.

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    HE WORE COTTON BUTTON DOWNS AND COTTON/POLY PANTS.

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    THAT IS A GOOD IDEA. I WAS ALSO GOING TO LOOK UP THE MEDALS AND RIBBONS ONLINE TO BE ABLE TO PRINT THEM OUT.

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    So sorry for your loss, it will bring you much comfort to make the quilt I am sure.

    Were you wanting something to cuddle in, or something to look at? If you want more a "look at" type of quilt, I have an idea.

    Take the front of the shirt, cut so that the pocket is somewhat central on the square (some blocks could include a strip of the buttons too). Then put all the pocket blocks on a wall hanging. Then, you have the pockets to tuck in little things he gave you (jewelry, wood whittling he did for you), or notes/cards he wrote you, or you could write little memories down and tuck them in. You could put photos in the pockets, etc. If you include anything, maybe would be best to put in scrapbooking acid free plastic envelopes or photo holding sheets to protect the photo and the quilt. This would also be a way to display his medals.

    If you want a cuddling quilt, why not put a couple of the pockets on the end of a rectangular quilt, so that you could use it like a shawl, then tuck your hands in his shirt pockets to wrap around you.

    I know you will think of the quilt that will be perfect for you.

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    That is a wonderful idea. It would probably be better to display then cuddle. I don't want anything to happen to it, because I will be handing it down to my daughter.
    Thank you,

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    Littlebit, I am so sorry about your Dad. I think it's a wonderful idea to make a quilt with his shirts. I have been saving some of my Dad's to make this quilt.

    http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...e-thrifty.html

    But that string quilt has really got my attention! I think I like it even better.

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    I'm sorry you lost your dad. I would recommend not mixing the fabric types since they will handle differently in the wash, and they have a different weight. One of the patterns that comes to mind is the log cabin.

    Do you have any pictures of your dad/family? You could have them printed on fabric (muslin) and surround them with strips of the shirts.

    I'm sure it will be a wonderful memory that will last a long time.

    You mentioned a few times that you use a "regular sewing machine" - that is what most of us use as well. So don't worry about the sewing part. If you can sew a straight stitch, you can make a quilt top.

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    I think most of us use a plain "straight stitch" when we piece our blocks.

    So it doesn't matter how fancy or not fancy your machine is if it does a decent straight stitch.

    Anyone do anything else?

    Now when it comes to embellishing, appliqueing, and embroidery - that's something else.


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