I have really dropped the ball on remembering to post my recent work but this quilt jogged my memory. I finished it just as the first day of spring was arriving and the colors of this quilt really did make it feel like winter was coming to an end. I love how this design incorporates both whole blocks of fabric and bordered blocks to help highlight some of the smaller images, while also repeating some fabrics. Can't wait for it to arrive at it's new home.
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.
I'm not the most organized type A person so usually when tasked with hosting a baby shower I grin and bear it. But everything changed when asked to help with my friend Samantha's shower. The mom to be was hoping to have a onesie decorating station where guests could craft and create tiny clothes for the newborn. I've seen this before with stencils and puffy paint and have always thought the results were less than desirable. There might be a few really cute ones but they'd be mixed in with a bunch of mess. I decided to do a few things differently for this gender neutral shower activity.
Samantha is a pretty holistic, all natural person. I thought it would look cute to have the clothes be different colors but I didn't want to use any harsh chemical dyes. I decided to try dyeing with natural ingredients like vegetables, fruits, and flowers. This site was a great resource. I basically turned our kitchen into a science lab and created dye after dye 24/7. I couldn't think of anything else and we ate really healthily that week so that I had a ton of onion skins and avocado pits to boil. The bright yellow - turmeric! How cool is that?
After the dyeing, I created a bunch of fabric applique shapes that people could adhere to the clothes. I also lined a bunch of fabric with adhesive paper so guests could create their own designs, which they did! This activity, both the prep, and the day of, was so much fun. Samantha is thrilled that her babe will be outfitted for his/her first year and now I don't have to cringe when asked to host a shower.
I’m so excited to finally write about my latest project that I’ve been keeping under wraps for a long time…..a memory quilt for Mayim Bialik!
Mayim, of The Big Bang Theory, and I have a friend in common who put the two of us in touch. Five years ago Mayim actually began hand sewing a memory quilt for her sons using some of their baby clothes and other meaningful textiles. Unfortunately, she was forced to stop after a significant car accident and hand surgery left her unable to finish it. That’s where I come in.
Photos of the unfinished quilt
I'm Jenna; the owner of Memory Threads. I'll turn your meaningful clothing collection into a quilt full of sentiment and style.