I was so honored to be asked to create this memory quilt of a former colleague’s friend who lost her Grandpa.
She sent the box of Grandpa’s shirts for me to use and I could’ve sworn I was opening a box of my very own Grampa’s shirts. The western button/snap up plaid shirts that I’m sure you’ve seen. Bestill my beating heart.
I looked and looked at them making sure I got the perfect inspiration so I didn’t mess this up.
What did I do?
I cut them in 12.5″ squares.
BUT, the BEST part about some of those squares …
I made sure to get the left side of the fronts of the shirts.
I wanted to have the pocket that layed over his heart all over the quilt.
Memory quilts are so emotional to start with, you’re working with clothing that a loved one has WORN. They have photos of them wearing these clothes. They attended special parties in them. They may have hugged you with them on. These clothes are reminders of such wonderful memories and of the special person that donned them.
I left the pockets of his shirts unstitched. She can put special momento or a special something of his that she might have in his pockets. The point is that they are open, there are no stitches going through his left chest pockets.
The ‘main’ piece of clothing that she wanted to have the quilt centered around was her Grandpa’s cardigan. It being a knit, I wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t be compromised. I made sure to adhere interfacing to the 2 squares that I had cut from the back of the cardigan.
I was left with the 2 arms.
What to do with them?
I stitched the left arm to the underside of the quilt. She can cozy her body close to the quilt and put her left arm in the very cardigan worn by her Grandpa. She can feel close to him while snuggled in tight feeling his warmth.
I hand stitched the cardigan on to the underside of the quilt leaving the entry of the arm open to be able to put her arm in.
The tears are welling up …
Here is the front of the Memory Quilt
I stitched the snap/button openings closed in order to use the front of the shirts.
I included parts of the shirts that I thought were appealing. Such as this orange tag that was on the side of one of his shirts. Or the ‘flying bird’ logo on the pocket pictured above or the ‘T’ on the white and black plaid shirt above. It’s those little touches that I love and I’m sure I’m not alone.
Thank you, Josi, for entrusting me with your Grandpa’s shirts. Thanks for allowing me to put it together for you. And thank you to your Grandpa for having the same style as my Grampa and allowing me to think of him while I made your Memory Quilt. Grandpa’s love is the best!