The last of the quilts from 2013 …. a keepsake quilt, in loving memory …..
Another emotionally tough quilt to make …. this time for a lovely lady who lost her mum, and needed a quilt from her clothes. I don’t always meet the people I make quilts from, and although we get to know each other during the process, it adds an extra dimension when the connection is face-to-face. Just talking through the clothes, and handling them, brings those raw emotions back up to the surface – and not just for the person who is having the quilt made. My own losses come back to me.
It made it a little easier, tho, that these clothes were all shirts, in lovely fresh and cheerful colours …. they immediately suggested a simple 9-patch square pattern, each block combining 2 of the shirts ….
*nods* ….. it works so well – simple and unfussy …
but still allows for little details like pockets and buttons and motifs to be included …..
It worked nicely in a kind of ‘ombre’ effect – still simple, but quite contemporary, too ….
It needed simple quilting …. a plain, meandering stipple in pale ice-blue tied it all together, backed onto a plain blue cotton sheet that echoed the workaday fabrics ….
and it all came together really very nicely ….
It’s so bright and fresh ….. I hope it gives comfort, along with the memories.