Memorial Quilt: Men’s Cotton Shirt Quilt

This is a quilt made for a family whom lost their father. Their father loved to wear bright colorful shirts.

I don’t often see patchwork patterns that I immediately want to make but when I saw this pattern called Simply Woven by Jessica Kelly – I knew that it would make an amazing quilt from recycled materials. I made my quilt a little larger (it is probably around a king sized quilt) – I had so many shirts I didn’t want to waste them!

I also added a border to my quilt as the family have more traditional tastes and I think formal borders always make things seem a bit more traditional in style.

I used my mix and match all over technique for the filler pattern. And a simple feather border …

my feather corners are getting better.

The mix and match design blends really well on the front of the quilt …

… it is the back clearly shows all the detail.

I tried to mimic a little bit of the woven element on the back too.

And in case you don’t believe this is made from men’s cotton shirts – there are little bits on the front to remind you.

Labels of Love

Often I add labels to the quilts I make – often I use the tag line ‘handmade with love’ those who know me well know how true this tag line is. But for the Kilt & Coat Quilts – these have a different label.

The family requested these labels for their quilts …

“Beannacht leat go bhfeicfidh mé aris thú” is Irish Gaelic for ‘Until we meet again’ – or a literal translation is ‘Blessings until I see you again’. Which for these quilts with deep Irish roots & laden with Irish kilts – was so perfect.

I simply ADORE these photos that I took of the siblings when they picked up the quilts. The pictures – to me at least – scream what my Quilting A Memory project/charity is all about.

I am working on more Memorial & Memory Quilts and I look forward to sharing the results with you soon.

Memorial Quilt: Coats & Kilts – Quilt #3

This is the 3rd quilt that I made for a family of three sisters and one brother from a box of childhood
coats & kilts that their mother had collected. You can view the first quilt here and the second quilt here.

This is the 3rd quilt I finished – it is another Drunkards Path pattern.

But I hope I have given the traditional pattern a little twist. I quilted this quilt in straight lines using blue, red & white threads – I tried to mimic a sort of tartan pattern in terms of the lines placement & order.

 

I have had several people tell me recently that straight lines are perceived to be simple – but let me assure you – straight lines – in any direction – with any machine – are not at all easy and anyone who can pull off perfect straight lines – line after line after line – gets my award of quilting valor. So while my straight lines might not be 100% perfect – I do think the idea of quilting a tartan quilting design ontop was accomplished.

 

 

 I also sewed all the different the buckles from all the kilts back onto the quilt. 

For me personally – completing this particular quilt was a huge effort and lesson for me in persistence and trusting an idea or vision. I was so pleased with how the top turned out with all the fabrics blending into one another …

 

… but then there was a little hiccup.  Part way through this quilt I had an ‘oh no I think I’m making a horrible mistake moment’ AND the timing on my machine went AND I had my thyroid removed. The afternoon I got back from hospital my lovely handiquilter dealer was there in my bedroom fixing the timing on my machine while I snored off the results of my sleep deprived hospital night and the rather long lasting results of the anesthetic (utterly embarrassing.) And the next morning I was up continuing the straight lines – still unable to speak or drink any liquids. It was a tough couple of days – but I kept on quilting lines – and gradually my initial vision began to come together & now I am really pleased with this result. I really love the buckles on the quilt (I hope the family do too!)  I suspect they might have been discarded otherwise and as this quilt is for the only brother in the family – I like the masculine edge the buckles give the quilt. 

And this quilt has my favorite bit out of ALL the four quilts on this quilt. A large kilt pin in the bottom right corner!!

Memorial Quilt: Kilt & Coat Quilt #2

This is the 2nd quilt that I made for a family from a box of childhood coats & kilts that was discovered in their mother’s attic when she passed. You can view the first quilt here.

This time I’m sharing the back of the quilt first – because it is kind of fun, modern & minimal. Can you guess what the front design is?

 

Of the four quilts there are two Irish chain quilts and two Drunkards Path quilts. This is the first of the Drunkard Path quilts.

I quilted the quilt in a large curved fan design. In the center of each block I sewed a button. Some of the buttons are from the coats and others are from the kilts.

 

 

 

There is a total of 20 different fabrics from different garments in this quilt!

You can read more about this project at:

Memorial Quilt: Kilt & Coat Quilt #1

Memorial Quilt from Kilts & Coats