Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Starting a special quilt.......

Whilst I was in UK I was given a very special bundle of fabric to make up into a quilt

These are shirts from my nephew who passed away in August....
... he was a really lovable young man so it is quite an honour to be putting something together ...

because there is no pattern and the fabrics are different and don't necessarily match it is a bit different to making a regular quilt so I thought I would share the process
and also show what I have done so far

there is T shirt, flannel, fleecy, denim and cotton 

...... so I have been slicing off collars and cuffs and seams....
(I did need a few tissues when I was doing it)


.... ironing on lightweight interfacing to stabilise the stretchy T shirt fabric....


..... cutting it into workable blocks....
(don't you love the paint splashes on this one?)


..... placing them up on my 'design wall' to get an idea of size and placement ....


.... checking it out through my peeper....


.... I have included pockets, flannel and parts of a favourite bandana....


.... applique some pockets on the pieces...


... I am making this quilt in strips... then will join them together ...
... my overlocker is being used for joining the blocks.... it does make it easier and neater with the stretchy fabric .....

... this is one strip done...


The family are visiting us in January/February and I am wanting to have this finished by the time they come

..... will not take long to sew the strips together and then I will work on a pieced back.....

Righto, Gotta Go.... I need those tissues again  ....  

32 comments:

Jeanette said...

What a wonderful memory quilt it's going to be. So very special. Can't wait to see it finished Fiona. Nearly has me in tears too. Hugs,

Sisbabestitches said...

Love it Fiona! This is a brilliant idea and is coming together so beautifully. You will need to make sure there is a huge box of tissues on hand when you hand the quilt over :)

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

This is going to be a wonderful memory quilt is going to need tissues near it at all times. It is such a lovely thing to do and make. How exciting that you will be getting visitors early next year. hugs

WoolenSails said...

That is going to be a wonderful quilt to remember your nephew by. I like the idea of doing strips with them materials.

Debbie

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful idea, such a memory to have....not as good, of course, as having the young man though. Perhaps a box of tissues wrapped in the quilt when it's handed over?

June D said...

A lovely project. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, June

Mistea said...

That sure will be a very special quilt for your family.

Enjoy the memories.

Susan said...

It's very special work that you're doing. X

Christine M said...

This will be such a special quilt Fiona. The first strip looks great.

Janet said...

A wonderful, sweet labour of love for you Fiona.

Janet said...

A wonderful, sweet labour of love for you Fiona.

Anonymous said...

Oh Fiona what a beautiful thing to do for the family,but it will be a celebration of his life and hopefully will bring back some wonderful memories in time to come for them.xx

katherine said...

It will make a beautiful quilt full of special memories

Susan said...

That is such a lovely thing for you to do - I hope there is enough for you to make a specail little quilt you can keep too.

Loopylou said...

Oh, what a wonderful thing to do. Those tears will do you good, and I am sure there will be more in January. It's going to be so special, and a great way to remember him. I love the paint splashes too

Michelle Ridgway said...

oh Fiona a sweet soul such as yourself will make an amazing quilt straight from the heart. I am sure you have a guiding light helping you put together this very special memory quilt. It is certainly a tissue supported project. Thanks for sharing your progress.

Maria said...

I understand that you are having many tears as you make this special memory quilt.It will be a wonderful way for his family to remember him by.
Hugs
Maria XX

retdairyqueen said...

Looking good Fee
You will find it very rewarding
Mine is almost finished
Hoping to attach the binding tonight
My aim was to have it finished for her second anniversary on Dec 29th
Very emotional Hugs

Deb R said...

What a lovely way to cherish memories, thank you for sharing your journey with us on this one. hugs!

marina said...

what a beautiful way to put those memories together. Lovely to see the process too.
You are doing a wonderful job.

Fairy Floss Stitches said...

WOW..your doing an amazing job..well done..the family will love it Xx Lea

rosie said...

Oh Fiona, only you could do this quilt justice.. what a special thing to do..
Enjoy every moment..

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Cheryll said...

Such a sad project to start... but I'm sure it will be well worth it when finished.... with all the wonderful memories woven into it! :)

Hilachas said...

What a wonderful quilt to make in his memory but it has to be very sad sewing as well. I'm sure the family will treasure this quilt.

Sheila said...

What a wonderful quilt this will be Fiona , such a great way to make use of your nephews clothing and bring some comfort to the family ,I am sure they will cuddle in it for years to come. I can understand the need for tissues :-(

Kathy said...

A quilt of love, memories, laughter and tears.

Too many eggs said...

wow Fiona, the quilt is wonderful and you are doing such a fabulous job........

a treasure forever

Bobbie B said...

it will be like getting a hug every time they wrap themselves in it ... what a precious gift you are making ...

good on you hun ... the cutting up must have been very hard to do ... big hugs for you ..

Charlie and Wendy said...

It will be a wonderful quilt full of memories. I'm sure your family will appreciate and love it, hugs Wendy

Marilyn said...

Oh Fiona what a special project to be making. Every stitch will be sewn with tears and love. Will be thinking of you as you work on it and share your progress.
Hugs xx

Wendy said...

That will be such an emotional project for you, but what a special and worthwhile one it is. A beautiful way of remembering your nephew and putting your love for him into something tangible. xx

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