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
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 little piece quickly climbed the ranks to become one of my favorites! What started out as a newborn onesie (picked out by an excited soon-to-be dad) has been transformed into a keepsake wall hanging.
When their baby outgrew his monster onesie, mom shipped it to me. Now this mini-quilt, which can be framed or hung on a dowel, is headed back to their home. It's embroidered on the back with "first father's day" and will be a special surprise gift for dad.
Four toddler dresses provided material for this super cool tiny quilt wall hanging (aka - MEMORY-MINI). Next up, one for her little brother...
A friend of mine has two adorable little boys. Even though they are still very small, they have already outgrown a bunch of clothing. Their mom wanted a way to display the fabric from these onesies and t-shirts in a fun and meaningful way.
Since their family lives by the water, and they love boating, I designed these two mini wall hangings to be displayed in the boys' room. The background is new cotton fabric but every other detail was created from clothing that one or both boys wore. Each sail, fish, airplane, etc will remind their parents of this amazing and crazy time in their lives.
I'm so glad that I was able to make these mini quilts. I hope the boys like their new wall art!
I'm Jenna; the owner of Memory Threads. I'll turn your meaningful clothing collection into a quilt full of sentiment and style.