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Thread: My sisters Wedding Gown

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    This is my sister who just passed away in July. I will be making a memory quilt from her wedding gown and the bridesmaid dresses. The beading and embroidery are beautiful. Unfortunately she passed from cancer 12 days after these photos were taken. If anyone has any ideas for pattern I would love to hear from you. I am going to unsew the dresses to try to keep the integrity of the beading and embroidery. The train will be used in the center. After that I just draw a blank.
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    I am so sorry for your loss, that must be so very very hard.

    Your sister looked absolutely beautiful, and the dresses are stunning.

    The pattern that sprung to mind for me is something like the irish chain, that works really well in two colours, with large spaces to decorate with quilting, or in this case, to show off the beading work.

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    BlueChicken, that's a great idea. I love Irish Chain quilts. Thank you.

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    You're welcome.... good luck with the sewing, it will be incredibly emotional for you but soooooo worthwhile.

    I've seen an irish chain done in white and burgundy, and it was stunning. It had large blocks, so there was very intricate quilting in the spaces, and it was just beautiful. With the embroidery and beading you have to work with, it would be perfectly set off in the spaces.

    Mind you... now my mind is ticking over and there are hundreds of ideas floating around. lol

    The right one for you will jump out, it will just feel totally right, you'll have no questions about it.

    Good luck :-)

    ((hugs))

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    Was this from a vow-renewal ceremony? Perhaps you can also incorporate her original gown?? Or is this it?

    So sorry about your sister. I think the idea to use this for a quilt is wonderful. Are you going to keep it, or will it go to her husband?

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    Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. I would miss my own sister so much. Your sister looked beautiful and I hope she had a very special day, and also that you have wonderful memories of that day, as well as her husband.

    These dresses are beautiful and I love Blue's idea!

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    I have no sugestions for a quilt , but wanted to say the dresses are beautiful as is your sister . Again Sorry for your loss, it is so sad when they go way too soon
    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa T
    Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. I would miss my own sister so much. Your sister looked beautiful and I hope she had a very special day, and also that you have wonderful memories of that day, as well as her husband.

    These dresses are beautiful and I love Blue's idea!
    Ditto.

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    Sorry for your loss, The dress will make a beautifl quilt

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    How about a crazy quilt or a memory cut up the pieces add other fabrics and embelishmnts. You can make a couple of wall hangings and add a few more of her belongings, and some pictures. Keep a wall hanging for yourself and give the others to her close family mambers. You can embelish with beads, sequins use velvet and other fabrics and do some fancy stiching by machine or hand.
    Great to see she was happy before she passed away. Sorry for your lost :(

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    i'm so sorry for your loss.

    i'm thinking it would look nice as a cathedral window.

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    those are gorgeous dresses and will make an awesome memory quilt

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    I am so sorry for your loss...I`m sure whatever you make will be beautiful....

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    I too am so sorry for your loss. I hope your quilt comes out beautiful to match your lovely sister.

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    I'm so sorry for your loss! That dress is gorgeous! I'm sure the quilt will be gorgeous too!

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    esqmommy, It was a renewal of vows for their 25th wedding anniversary. They didn't do the ceremony. She just wasn't up to it. But they did dress up and have the pictures taken, then we went and had a wonderful dinner. She has such a wonderful time and we will all treasure that memory.

    The quilt will for to her husband when it is finished.

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    BlueChicken, your ideas are giving me ideas. At least now I have a jumping off place. Before, my mind was totally blank. Thank you.

    I will keep you updated on the progress and will definitely post after it is done.

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    So sorry for your loss. That is a beautiful plan for a memory quilt. I could see each of the ideas in a wonderful quilt. Maybe asking him what he would like and acutlaly use would be a good idea. Maybe an Irish Chain that he would use and a crazy quilt wall hainging memory box type of thing for saving! Just a thought!

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    Thank you bebe. For the kind words and the ideas.

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    I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. May God be with you and your entire family and comfort you.
    She was beautiful and the dresses are exquisite. They will make a wonderful memory quilt. It would be great if you could transfer the pictures onto fabric and include them.
    You are in my prayers.

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    I am so sorry for your loss. The gowns are just beautiful, I would love to see a crazy quilt because of all the beading and design. You are doing a good thing, you are a great sister.Are either one of the brides maids you? We talk to each other but have no idea what we look like, just curious. Again I am so sorry for your loss.

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    im so sorry to hear about your loss , that is a very beauitful wedding dress ,look around some for patterns and get good advice on how to make a quilt out of her dress ,i so sorry for her husband and your family take care ,can,t wait to see the out come keep us posted

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    This is an awesome way to commemorate your sister, but also her life with her husband!!! It is wonderful that you are doing this for him, though your heart must be sad and hurting whenever you see these stunning dresses.... I can't wait to see the pattern you choose for them!!! Bless your heart!!!!

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    I'm so sorry to here about your sister an i think Klues idea is a great one.but what ever you deside it will look great.an i painted this about twenty-three yrs ago.
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    Joey, I'm so sorry for the loss of your sister. Her picture is beautiful. Making a quilt will be a wonderful reminder of her spirit. A lovely comforting gift for her husband. I hope you have peaceful memories of her with each stitch you take.

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