It never ceases to amaze me how emotionally invested I become in projects without even knowing the people I am creating them for. This has never been more true than it was for my most recent project.
My client contacted me looking to have small wall hangings made for her niece and nephew of their mother's clothing. Their mother had recently died of lymphoma (see foundation info below). We based the design for each hanging off of one of the items listed in my Etsy shop but elaborated in order to incorporate as much clothing as possible. In addition, she sent me fabric photographs of the children with their mother to include and also requested a hand embroidered quote that her sister would say to her children at bedtime each night.
I sorted the clothing and decided which items to use in each hanging for the child's first initial, background, and border. It's amazing how many articles of clothing and memories are packed into each mini quilt. I truly hope that seeing these hanging on their walls each day will fill them with memories of happy times with their mother.
To honor the memory of this special woman, her family has created a foundation to raise money for causes that were close to her heart. I value many of these causes myself (education, arts, community) so I'm happy to share the link for any of you who are interested in supporting the Lisa Rego Horne Memorial Foundation. Or follow along on the Facebook page
This is a truly unique newborn baby gift because it's made for baby from mom and dad's meaningful clothing! In this case, the birds are made from wedding and bar mitzvah yarmulkes and the wings are textiles with shared importance to the couple like fabric from their first apartment together. The clothing bordering the birds is a combination of baby clothes, events, college and travel memories. The baby's gender is a surprise so I worked hard to keep it as gender neutral as possible.
Some of my favorite quilts to make are quilts that will be gifted as a surprise. This giant, queen sized, quilt was just given as a college graduation present. It has approximately 50 (YES, 50!) t-shirts representing a ton of activities their son participated in since childhood. My client was hoping for the main colors to be red, white, and blue. Since so many of the shirts were white, I added red sashing, and blue binding. It's quilted with a flame pattern to represent his current passion, race car driving. I'm really pleased with the manly look we accomplished on this.
Thanks to the family for sharing this awesome photo of the big reveal.
WARNING: POST WILLL BE LOADED WITH PHOTOS. I CAN'T HELP MYSELF THIS TIME...
This was one of those projects that just spoke to me from the start. I was given a box of clothing that belonged to a very loved and missed grandma and grandpa. After carefully taking apart the clothes I divided them as equally as possible in order to make three separate quilts; one for each granddaughter. The designs were intricate and it took a long time but I'm so happy with the results. I hope these blankets will be cherished for a long time and will keep these families feeling even more connected to their past, especially since each one will be shared with the couple's great-grandchildren!
Grandmother & Grandfather's clothing
I want to share a fun and meaningful project I just finished working on. My client held onto several of her grandmother's handmade clothes after she had passed, and wanted to have them made into four separate wall hangings for herself and three other family members. The clothes were pristine, and you could see the care and attention to detail that she put into each one, especially the decorative embroidery. I sketched out several design ideas for my client to choose from and then got to work.
My photography skills are lacking but at least you can get a sense of how they turned out. Each memory mini includes a piece of every original garment. I tried to include as much of the embroidery and hand stitching as I could. With some of the left over material, I created a modern dream catcher for two great granddaughters! The final picture was sent to me by my client after she had them framed. I'm thrilled with how they came out and hope they bring much joy and comfort to the family.
This quilt is so much more than just a "race car quilt" but that made for a cool title. Over 40 t-shirts (see last photo) make up this queen size quilt. It's going to be a college graduation gift for a guy who has been into so many exciting activities over the years, starting with gymnastics around age 7. Also included are snow skiing, volunteering, rock concerts, AND race car driving. My client asked for a "red, white, and blue palette" and I think this was accomplished by using red sashing and blue binding. I hope he loves it!
This project has been in the works for a while but it was a SURPRISE! I'm so excited to share it now. My client secretly took her husband's eclectic t-shirt collection out of the house and brought it to me. After listening to her talk excitedly about her husband and his many interests and talents, we decided on a quirky fun design.
The quilt top is made up of many t-shirts (music, sports, movies, medical associations) and the back contains 6 shirts that my client wanted to keep whole. I can't think of a more perfect anniversary gift (especially since several of the shirts were related to when they met). I hope that the reveal is exciting and that the whole family enjoys this gift. Congratulations on many years together!
I'm looking for textile donations and I'm hoping you can help! Please keep reading...
I came across this amazing organization when searching for volunteer opportunities to do as a family with our six year old son. Project Night Night creates "night night packages" consisting of a blanket/quilt, a stuffed animal, and a book for children living in homeless shelters. I'd love to regularly make quilts to fulfill the "blanket portion" of the night night package.
Here is how you can help:
Before you go to goodwill, send me any of the following items. They act as fabric to make quilts:
- mens button-down shirts, bed/crib sheets or pillow cases (your child may be done with Hello Kitty or Superman but it's perfect for another kid), or 100% cotton clothing with no stretch to them.
Please contact me if you have items you'd like to donate. I'll write you back with my address and a huge "THANK YOU!"
Even if you don't send me items, please take a look at the Project Night Night website and consider supporting them. If you have kids, putting together a package is an easy and wonderful activity to do together.
Just in time for summer! Here is the completed Camp Agawak t-shirt quilt. This design allowed for most of the writing and images on the t-shirts to remain intact, and I love the splash of yellow! The quilt captures the memories from 10 summers in the great outdoors, but will blend in perfectly with a sleek modern city apartment. I hope you love it, camper!
Summer is right around the corner!
It's the perfect time to transform camp t-shirts into a bunk bed worthy quilt.
Below are just some of the shirts that will be included
in a quilt for a former camper and counselor at Camp Agawak.
It will capture the memories from 10 summers!
Check back soon to see it completed...
I'm Jenna; the owner of Memory Threads. I'll turn your meaningful clothing collection into a quilt full of sentiment and style.