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Thread: Memory Quilt for my Husband

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    Senior Member Lori L's Avatar
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    My husband's mother, Marlene, passed away in Febuary of this year and I spent 2 weeks providing hospice care for her in my in-laws home. During that time, I was just learning how to quilt and she and I would spend hours looking through quilting books for blocks for me to practice making. We found a book of 501 traditional quilting blocks and we put together a list of blocks which had names that either reminded her of a special time in her life or of someone she loved. We had so much fun with this that soon all the family was involved and chosing a block that reminded them of Marlene. I decided I would put all these blocks together into a memory quilt for my husband for xmas. We own a log cabin 4 miles deep into the middle of the Maine woods and it was one of Marlene's favorite places to visit. All the fabric is from a layer cake of Moda, the June Taylor Classic collection and has a campy, wildlife theme which my husband will love and will fit perfectly with the decor at our log cabin paradise. Making these blocks has been a very bittersweet project. I've smiled, laughed and cried while sewing and throughout the process have remembered the very special lady who raised my wonderful husband. Sorry for such a long explanation but I hope everyone enjoys looking!

    Just needs to have another border added to the top/bottom
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    This block was made to represent our cabin
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    Frog in a puddle (because she like the name), The Crossroads (name of the restaurant she owned for 50yrs) and The Wheel of Fortune, her favorite show
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    my quilting buddy, Rosie!
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    Very nice. It brought tears to my eyes. You did a wonderful tribute.

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    This is a beautiful quilt. Your story was precious and carries great meaning for all of us. You were a true blessing to her as well. Great job and I am sure you husband will cherish this.

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    What a wonderful quilt and what a precious time you spent with your MIL your husband is going to cherish this quilt!

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    that is a beautiful quilt and a beautiful story, it brought tears to my eyes as well...your husband is going to love it...

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    Such a beautiful tribute to your MIL. I feel the same about mine. She is a treat to be around and has taught me so many things over the last 36 yrs. But I have to admit, I was the one that got her interested in Quilting and she is hooked for sure. Thanks for sharing your story, makes the quilt even more priceless.

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    Beautiful!

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    I loved your little intro to your precious quilt! I think it is a wonderful tribute to her and you. You must have been close. It's great that you were able to spend quality time with here when you did. It was a special time you won't forget.
    Great job on the qulit!! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :D

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    What a wonderful story! Just think of the joy you brought to your mother-in-law! How fortunate she was to have a daughter-in-law such as you :-) Your husband will cherish the quilt for so many reasons.

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    Lori, thanks for the story accompanying the quilt. It really made my heart soar. Your husband is going to cherish that quilt forever. What a wonderful thing you did. And Rosie is too cute!! :D
    PS. I was so moved I forgot to mention the border- it's awesome!!

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    What an absolutely wonderful idea. This will be something that your husband will treasure for a very long time. I'm glad you were able to spend some precious time with her before she passed. Thank you for sharing.

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    Thanks for sharing your story. Your quilt is very special and it turned out so beautiful. I wouldn't be surprised if your DH cries when he receives it. Memories for everyone!!!

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    Oh it's beautiful, what a nice gift and memory for your hubby, I'm sure he will love it and cherish it.

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    Beautiful quilt and what great memories. I hope you plan to add a small journal in with the quilt. I thought it was so nice to tell us the significance of the blocks to Marlene, I am sure it would mean a great deal to your DH to be able to read about that as well. You can make a diagram of the quilt with a corresponding number and then list out block name and why Marlene chose it for you to make.

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    What an awesome tribute to your wonderful MIL. Your DH will love it. Great job! (sniff sniff :cry: )

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    What a magnificent treasure you have devised..... A more precious gift could not be given to your Hubby. Beautiful, sweet, memories lie within the boundaries of each and every stitch for you....as well as for him. A priceless HEIRLOOM!!! He will always remember your graciousness in caring for his BELOVED mother. And then... you tell "HER STORY" in fabric...... sewww..... she continues to live in your daily lives. Such a FANTABULOUS story!!!

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    What a wonderful story and you brought it to life in the quilt beautifully!

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    That is beautiful. And your made me cry. What a wonderful tribute to her. Thanks for sharing.

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    That is a beautiful and very special quilt. I know your hubby is going to love it.

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    Lori, Thanks for sharing this with us. What a wonderful thing to do for your hubby. I know he will love it and you for all the love you put into it. It is beautiful.

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    Beautiful! What a tribute!

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    What a great quilt to celebrate a great person. And thanks so much for sharing the story behind it.

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    The picture would not have the meaning without what you call "the long explanation". I lost my Dad on Sept. 19 and cried thru the whole story. As I write this I am still tearing up. What a beautiful sentiment to a gracious lady who from all apparent explanation, raised a fabulous son into a wonderful loving husband. What a beautiful gift.

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    A wonderful quilt to go with a wonderful story. And I am sure Marlene was a great lady!! Your hubby is going to love this one! Love the fabrics you have used. And the fact that every block tells a story! AWESOME!!

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    how special - your hubby will feel endless hugs from his mom as he wraps himself in your gift of love.

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