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Thread: Memory Quilt using Dad's Shirts

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    September 23, 2010....it had been 7 long eventful years since Dad passed away. There's been many good times and many sad but not a day has passed without missing him. When getting rid of his belongings I took 4 of his dress shirts, I packed them in a box and hid them in the deepest part of the closet to someday make a memory quilt. It took 6 years before I could bear to open the box and once again look at them. I slowly took them apart. I don't remember how many tears flowed down my cheeks as I worked with the remains of those shirts, making them into tiny pieces that would be sewn into a loving symbol of his memory. I finished the quilt in August, and I know that Dad would like it. I took it to Louisville with me in Sptember when I was to meet my sister, Patty. We talked about Dad and how long it had been and exchanged memories of him. I gave the quilt to Patty and we exchanged hugs and thanks and a good cry. I am glad the quilt will be a good memory for her of our "DAD", I put a lot of love into making it and am content that she will treasure it always
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    This is beautiful. I only wish I had done something like this. What a beautiful memory you made. God bless you.

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    Wow! Beautiful story and wonderful quilt. I lost my dad in July and also saved a few shirts for a quilt. I am so glad to know that it is "normal" that I had to pack them away for awhile. I would go to start cutting them and just literally couldn't do it. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful project.

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    Your memory quilt for your Dad turned out Awesome!! :thumbup:
    I really like the patern you chose to use the shirt fabric in. It just looks so lovely!! Congratulation's on a job well done!!
    :D :D :D :D

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    Beautiful story! Beautiful quilt!

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    What a thoughtful thing to make the quilt and then to give it to your sister. I understand your feeling s so well. I lost my Mama 4 years ago this Dec. and I still have days I cry. God bless you.

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    So very sweet of you to give this love quilt to your sister.

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    Beautiful! What a treasure!

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    Your quilt is beautiful. I am sure your sister will treasure it.

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    [quote=sandyl]So very sweet of you to give this love quilt to your sister.[/quo

    That quilt is exquisite. I hope you were able to make something for yourself too from his shirts. Bless you.

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    Bless you heart!! Your sister is going to treasure this beautiful quilt :D:D:D

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    Brought tears to my eyes as my dad is getting close too. Wonderful quilt and great idea!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Bless you and I know your Sister will always treasure this ,
    not only for the love of your and her father but because it was done from her brothers love as well.Beautifully done :D :thumbup:

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    What an heirloom you have created - it will always be cherished.

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    What a beautiful quilt and what a Great Dad you must have had to teach you to be such a sharing person. Your sister must love you dearly. Thanks for sharing your story.

    My dad passed 37 years ago and Mama passed last year and my brother passed in 2006. I miss them so much. We were all so close. I feel so alone now. But I'll see them again someday.

    May God Bless you!

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    It is beautiful. What a great thing to do. I know that it had to be very hard for you. I lost my dad 28 yrs ago and I still miss him.

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    My dad passed 37 years ago and Mama passed last year and my brother passed in 2006. I miss them so much. We were all so close. I feel so alone now. But I'll see them again someday.

    ...Thats so very true...we will all rejoice in the presence of the LORD.....thank you very much

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    Oh, you've made me feel so much better. My mom passed away early this month. I wanted to make a quilt with the cotton gowns I made or bought for her--she was bedridden for a long time so there are lots. I just couldn't do it. I tossed the ones that were at my house but there are still lots at dad's house. I may put them away and wait till I can handle seeing them to make a quilt for one of my sisters.

    God Bless and thank you for sharing. It's a beautiful quilt.

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    The quilt you made is beautiful and so full of memories. Thank you for sharing.

    My mom passed away 5 years ago. I have given away most of her clothes recently but still have several bins left. I decided that I will most likely not be able to make a memory quilt. It is just too much for me. There is one dress I saved. I remember her vividly in it.

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    That is beautiful. My father passed away this year and I haven't been able to bring myself to empty his closet. When I do, I think I'll be saving some shirts for future quilt use.

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    What a beautiful quilt. My Dad passed away 5 yrs ago. My Mom has not been able to part with his clothes. I recently asked her to let me take them and make a quilt for her. She will get comfort from the quilt being made of Daddy's clothes. I had a hard time cutting Daddy's shirts. I felt I was invading something of his. I've only just started but have also shed many tears while cutting and sewing. I have to keep reminding myself that the end result will be wonderful for my Mom.

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    Thank you for sharing such a loving memory of your Dad. The quilt is lovely.

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    What a beautiful quilt and beautiful story. So much love went into this!

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    What a wonderful quilt! and so nice of you to give it to your sister. I bet that meant the world to her.

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    What a great thing to do.

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