Thursday, November 27, 2014

Making Memories

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I know this doesn't look like a typical Thanksgiving post, but you'll soon understand...

When a dear friend passed away the beginning of the year, I was delighted to be asked by the family, to keep her memory alive. They wanted her favorite sweater to be made into a Christmas quilt.


Mary had a Christmas sweater that she wore every year.


Noah's Ark at the Holidays.




All the animals 2 by 2.

When I was given the sweater, I wasn't sure what to do.
You know how they say, your fabric will speak to you?
When I found it, it became quite clear.
I carefully went to cutting out the appliques, from the sweater.



After careful consideration, I chose to leave the sweater behind the appliques.
Using mono-filament thread, I zig-zaged the edges to keep
 any sweater pieces from coming thru.
I just love how the appliques seem to float on top of the quilt.


A few simple prairie points almost hidden away, 
was a perfect way to be able to add the buttons into the quilt.

Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, for everything in our lives.

Mary, I'm so thankful to have been able to be a small part of your life.
You always made everyone, feel like family.
You are missed each and every day.
But your spirit lives in us all.

I hope this quilt brings a little extra blessing to each and every
one of your family, at the holidays!

Oh those memories, we all share.
:-)

 Have a blessed Thanksgiving!








8 comments:

  1. The quilt is beautiful, a lovely tribute. I would never have thought of using a sweater that way -- it's perfect!

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  2. Happy thanksgiving too!
    I'm running a fabric giveaway, would you like to enter?

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  3. What a perfect way to remember Mary!!! Perfect way to use the applique on the sweater and I'll bet the sweater on the back of the applique makes it pop off the quilt just a little bit - really cool!!

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  4. This is a beautiful way to remember a very special person!!

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  5. That was a fantastic idea and it is such a beautiful way to save the memories.

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  6. Great idea and a true treasure for the family!

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  7. I really like how you did this - from the sweater-backed applique to the points for the buttons from the sweater. It looks great, too! What a nice memento for them.

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  8. What a beautiful way to memorialize your friend!

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