Making Memories …

07/04/2018 § 2 Comments

A good while ago, I gave a presentation about my patchworking adventures, to a local WI group.  I chatted on about what inspires me to make quilts and showed lots of photos of quilts that I’ve made over the years, including Memory Quilts.  I once made 4 quilts for the same lady – I can’t believe that was back in 2014!

One lady at the WI meeting had her imagination sparked, as she’d kept lots of her 3 childrens’ baby clothes, so there was a memory quilt just waiting to happen!  We had quite a wait as a very special snuggling blanket needed to be ‘released from the clutches of her youngest’ and form a very significant patch in the corner of the quilt – so it was easy to snuggle up to some more!

As always, I regard Memory Quilts as a huge responsibility.  To be trusted with precious tiny clothes that remind a mother of her children as babies, is not a task to be undertaken lightly.  I love making memory quilts and make a huge effort to include tiny labels, hidden pockets and as many details as possible.

One morning in early March, I donned my leather glove – to save from blisters with all the cutting out – picked up my scissors and cut out for 6 hours with hardly a break.  Many, many more hours of cutting and stabilising, stitching and applique followed and here’s the finished quilt …

 

I won’t give all the personal details, but the applique stars & hearts are significant fabrics and bind the quilt with clothing pieces from 3 generations of the family.  There are almost 20 tiny pockets and so many appliqued details that I lost count!

Here are some lovely words, from the recipient …
I have to say a huge thank you. Whilst I am typing this, I am sitting underneath my wonderful new memory quilt (oh how lovely and warm it is). It is beyond anything I could have imagined and the lovely touches you have added like the pockets, the added shapes of sentimental fabric and the inclusion of so many beautiful features from their clothing makes it such a unique and special item. I can’t wait to show it off. 
Many thanks for sharing your amazing talent with me.  EG, Hants

There’s now another huge project underway here in the studio – a textile collage to mark the 175th anniversary of a village chapel in Wales – the village where my great-grandfather lived and worked as a stone-mason.  I’m working to a deadline and will have it finished for a preview evening here in Winchester (let me know if you’d like to attend), before it goes off to The Land of my Fathers later in the month.  Very exciting!

Workshops are booking up for the summer and early autumn – we’ll have to discover whether Spring ever actually makes an appearance – it’s a long wait!  Next time I’ll show you some of the finished quilts that my students have been making over recent weeks.

Have a lovely weekend

Adaliza

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Memory Quilts …

07/10/2014 § 2 Comments

Way back in the late Spring, I met someone who had a very special project in mind – Memory Quilts.  We arranged to meet and I’d asked her to bring along some of the fabrics – I admit to gasping a little when her car boot was opened and tubs of baby clothes lurked within!  I love making quilts – and this lady had a wealth of memories wrapped up in these fabrics so I accepted the commission and four quilts were poured over and created.  Here they are …

18th Birthday Quilt for a fisherman - see the Mirror Carp?

18th Birthday Quilt for a fisherman – see the Mirror Carp?

A quilt for a vet - spot the cows!

A quilt for a vet – spot the cows!

A special peapod pendant captured in silver stitches

A special pea-pod pendant captured in silver stitches

Happy Memories - garden birds, baby clothes and favourite dresses

Happy Memories – garden birds, baby clothes, favourite dresses & personalised patches

18th birthday Daughter's Quilt

18th birthday Daughter’s Quilt

I appliquéd 18 hearts into the design

I appliquéd 18 hearts into the design

Such a pretty quilt

Such a pretty quilt

I’ll do a post about especially about making Memory Quilts one day as the processes involved in creating them are very different from making ‘normal’ quilts.  It’s a privilege to be trusted with so many special fabrics that hold someone’s personal memories and sometimes the fabrics are far more difficult to work with than usual patchwork cottons but the end result is a unique journey – for both the commissioner and the quilter.

Here’s what Catherine, commissioner of 4 Happy Memories Quilts, has to say:

‘I am leaving a belated and whopping THANK YOU for my beautiful 4 commissioned quilts. You know how much I adore them all and that I cried when you gave me every one of them. For you to finish 4 huge quilts in a very short time frame that I gave you was simply astounding. You realised my dream of memory quilts made from the weirdest bits and pieces of fabric that other quilters would not touch with a barge pole, let alone a needle!
You took on this simply mahoosive project during a particularly difficult time for yourself and never once wavered in your determination to do the most amazing justice to all of the beautiful clothing. Your finished quilts with their personalised embroideries were so gorgeous and mine took pride of place on the wall at my recent wedding. Everyone who has seen them has said how amazing they are and now friends are collecting clothing rather than selling it on.
I always wanted to be able to see the beautiful childhood memories and not have them stuffed up in the loft. What you have made for us has surpassed every vision I had and given me the chance to move on with my life and keep my memories in my quilt.
The twins had theirs for their 18th birthdays and my daughter has taken a little bit of home off to university. I could wax lyrical about you all day Val. I have come to know you well and consider you to be a great friend – kindred spirits perhaps. My love and thanks always.’ Catherine.
 
‘Thank You so much for your kind words.  It was my pleasure.  I loved making each one.
Wishing you all many more – Happy Memories’.  
Adaliza x
 

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