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Thread: need letter to go with memory quilts

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    I have finished all 9 of my memory quilts. They were made from my deceased mothers polyester pants. I made them for her grandchildren.

    I made them to be used and enjoyed without worrying about hurting them. The polyester should last a long time and I used recycled hospital blankets in the middle which makes them very warm.

    I would like to write a letter to go with each one, since these are really the first quilts I have made. I have read on here about the man on a galloping horse not being able to see the mistakes and I would like to include that in the letters. However I don't remember what the whole thing said.

    There are lots of mistakes that quilters would see, but I want them to know that the memories are the important part of the quilts. My quilting skills or lack of should not matter.

    Any help or information you can give me will be much appreciated.

    I am attaching pictures of the nine quilts.

    The striped material are some of her shirts
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    thanks for sharing with us, beautiful quilts, what a nice memory

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    I think they are awesome. No story needed about a galloping horse. Just tell them its your first quilts made especially for them with their grandma's clothes and lots of love! Every time they wrap up in them it'll be like getting hugs!

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    I just thought the galloping horse story was cute!!

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    Wonderful gifts for your loved ones to cherish and use.

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    The memoires you are passing along is so thoughtful.
    I saw no problems as I rode my galloping horse by these pictures. Don't hard on yourself.

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    I am sure that these quilts be loved because they are full of memories and made with love.
    You can write a letter and print it onto the same cloth used for pictures on quilts if you would like to. I've done it and then made a pocket on the back of the quilt to put it in. Just a thought.

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    I don't know what poem you're referring to. However, I would like to suggest that you write them a sweet note about what these are, and how you feel about them, your mom, stuff like that...and to use them.

    I have a granny square afghan my great-great grandma made when I was born. She had written a note to my mom about me and the gift. It's almost as treasured as the afghan.

    No one cares about the work...it's the sentiment & memories, in years to come they will treasure.

    Just my thoughts :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetness
    I don't know what poem you're referring to. However, I would like to suggest that you write them a sweet note about what these are, and how you feel about them, your mom, stuff like that...and to use them.

    I have a granny square afghan my great-great grandma made when I was born. She had written a note to my mom about me and the gift. It's almost as treasured as the afghan.

    No one cares about the work...it's the sentiment & memories, in years to come they will treasure.

    Just my thoughts :)
    Sweetness said it perfectly.

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    wonderfull quilts full of love----please think about putting a personal lable on each quilt--picture /poem story etc

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    I think this is a very kind, thoughtful & generous thing to do. And they will be so meaningful! I love the idea. You have done well dear one & I know you will certainly be appreciated for making them. Do not take this to the bank because I am often wrong, but I think I remember the saying along this line: If you pass by on a galloping horse & cannot see any mistakes, then it is a job well done on the making the quilt.

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    These will last forever and are very warm. I have 8 double knit quilts my grandmother hand pieced between 35 and 40 years ago and they are still in very good shape. And they have been used, to make a tent at the kitchen table, to have a picnic in the floor in the living room, to layer 3 or 4 to make a pallet on the floor or yes and to keep warm with. They have been used daily for many years. I hand tied all of them, some of them to pre-quilted fabric, some to other pieces of double knit and some to sheets. They will treasure these forever.

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    Nice memories and they will be treasured and give you a chance to talk about those memories often. Good job!

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    You could type your letter on the computer and then print it on Printed Treasures. Printed Treasures is a fabric that has paper on the back so you can run it thru your printer. Then you peel off the paper and stitch it on the back of each quilt. That way, the letter stays with the quilt with no chance of it getting lost. I did that with a quilt my MIL started and I finished for her after she died. It's a nice keepsake.

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    awesome quilts. I have buckets of polyester from my best friends stash. don't know what I'm going to do with it all. where did you get your blankets for the middle? I would love to have a source. They make the perfect "batting".

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    What a wonderful way to remember your Mom :-P

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    Lovely!

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    The way I heard the expression is "No one will see it from a gallping horse" I also like the one "It a hundren years who will care?" You have done a great job for the 9 grands and it is a wonderful way to keep her memory alive! They look perfect to me.

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    Jemma, I did put a lable on each quilt. Only put year by me and used grandma's clothes.

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    Ronna,
    Sorry I cannot give you exact source of blankets. My girlfriend gets them from a friend. He has an agreement with some hospitals, he picks them up and he cuts up a lot of them to sell for rags to garages.

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