I'm going to admit that I'm a bit obsessed with this mini. I love the story behind it and I love the way it turned out. These handkerchiefs belonged to my client's grandmother and she contacted me to have them turned into a wall hanging for her mother. So...three generations of this family are involved in the making and receiving of this special keepsake. The majority of her grandma's hankies were solid white or cream colored with lace or embroidery. I used this to our advantage and created a design that highlighted the few colorful hankies without taking away from all the detail in the neutral hankies. This was done in time to be gifted for her mother's birthday. I hope she loves it.
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.
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
Finishing a memory quilt for Mayim Bialik
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.