Memorial Quilt: Fallen Soldier

I have been working on a memorial quilt for the daughter of a Colonel who lost his life while serving in Iraq.

When I received the box of clothes I was more than moved at the items that I had been sent. Included in the box was his favorite shirt (a red, white & blue Ralph Lauren cotton shirt), his camouflage jacket, a blue polo shirt and his dress uniform – in which he walked his daughter down the aisle when he gave her away at her wedding (black dress jacket & blue trousers with gold ribbon stripe.)

The quilt pattern is a Lone Star – which I think can be a very majestic pattern.

 

There are feather swags between the points of the stars.

Each star point is made from the gold ribbed ribbon that went down the side of the dress pants.

If there were any fabric remains the family had asked for a pillow or a doll. We had enough fabric for both. The pillow has many of the patches that I took off the camouflage jacket. The doll is made from some of the camouflage jacket and shirt material. Her hat is made from a cuff from the camouflage jacket and I added some gold buttons from the black dress jacket. My girls were cuckoo over this doll and kept coming to ask where the doll was, to stare at her AND asking when they would get a doll too.

The backing is flannel and the batting is wool. Even with the dense quilting the quilt was not stiff. Here is a shot of the back of the quilt for those of us who are obsessed with seeing the back of a quilt too!

Once the quilt was folded up ready to go home it looked so regal – I felt quite overwhelmed. I do hope that the family love it.

Memory Quilt: Toddler Dresses

Just to recap these toddler dresses were given to me to make a pillow. I couldn’t bear to just cut chunks out of the dresses without using up all the material given to me – so I suggested a quilt as well.

I have had this idea of having an actual dress sewn to the middle of a quilt – as if in a picture frame for a while now. This quilt is for a 4 year old girl – the youngest of all the sisters who have worn these dresses.

The back of the blue dress was so pretty with its buttons and wide bow –  I knew that was the dress to use.

I used some petals left over from the memory pillow to create her flowers. The ribbon on her flowers and in her hair are from the dresses. Her shoes are made from the grey wool dress.

I used the remaining pieces from the dresses to create a ‘picture frame’ around the dress.

Mini orange peel is a little bit of a favorite pattern for me at the moment.  You can take orange peel in some many different directions – it is a fabulous pattern to play with.

In the border there are lots of cute little details like lace, the stitched boats on the pink striped dress and the pleats and stitched flowers in the blue satin dress front.

Here is some up close detail of the quilting around the girl.

Therapeutic Mctavishing for the sky.
She is standing on the shore looking out. There are a lot of pebbles and shells beneath her feet.

Some of the pebbles are very small.

Hair has become a small obsession of mine to take further next year. The braid is actually another piece of brown fabric appliqued onto the hair shape and then I quilted on top of the layers in a lighter thread color to highlight the shape of the hairstyle. It turned out really well.

It sits wonderfully on a queen bed.

I’m excited for the little girl to receive it. I’m planning it will get to her in time for Christmas. I really hope they enjoy using it.

 

Memorial Quilt: Firefighters Family

I was given a large amount of material for these quilts. These quilts are made for two 5 year old twin boys whose father (a firefighter) passed away.

In the basket of materials I was given were t-shirts, mens white vests, bandanas, football jerseys, sports shorts – a whole lot of materials that you would perhaps never dream would go so well together into a quilt. I mixed all the different materials together in their color groups and they look amazing.

The family requested a large bold patriotic design and for the quilts to be similar.

(The quilt design is adapted from the Stars & Strips pattern found on McCalls Quilting.

The entire quilt from the front to the back to the binding is made from the clothing. The project did take me a longer longer than I had planned. But I think it was utterly worth it. The firefighter was an owner in a local bar – so the back of the quilts are styled in the way that you might find signs and registration plates tacked on a sports bar wall. Scattered – but with a purpose. A large proportion of the backs are made from his bandanas – cut into quarters and sewn on point.

 
Various badges and emblems from the t-shirts are also sewn to the front of the quilts.
 
Also – my favorite part of the quilts is the denim horseshoes – taken from the pockets of his jeans.
The stars and stripes section of the quilt fit perfectly on a queen sized bed.

The biggest shocker for me with the project is how I quilted the quilts. No fancy quilting. Just simple in the ditch.

And of course some matching pillows which have his football jersey number on the back.

And while I enjoyed taking these quilts for a photo shoot at my local fire station with some not too shabby firemen – I have to admit that I got rather teary when I was sewing on the labels for these quilts. A wonderful family man – a man who saved and protected – lost all too soon.