this quilt is a celebration. a joyful collection of a childhood. jumpers and dresses, pyjamas and skirts. all cut and sewn into a collage of fabric to cherish for a lifetime. i'm really happy with this quilt. and it's been a great experience making it. for many years people have asked me to make these sorts of quilts. but they really didn't fit into my repertoire. since i don't use a pattern or tutorials or follow any sort of direction, i have to work my way into a new direction in my own fashion. and for so many years, the squares i used were too large for these sort of quilts to work. but now that i'm concentrating on my farmhouse quilts, it's the perfect fit for this sort of application. and i felt an immediate connection with the customer when she contacted me and we started to discuss it. i felt that together we could make this work.
box of fantastic clothes arrived at my door....a little like christmas
in february. and after sorting through them, i had to start cutting.
it was hard to start cutting into these little gems. but once i got
started, the vision came to light. the clothing has a presence and we
worked along together ironing and sewing little strips of fabric,
layering colors and patterns until the beauty of the quilt emerged. i
imagine the family snuggled under the quilt, remembering good times and
recognizing fabrics from favorite clothes.
think this sort of quilt is also a beautiful way to commemorate a loved
one after death. it's so hard to sort through the clothing of someone
you've lost and who you miss so much. clothing is so intimate. like the
touch of the person is still in the fabric. but having a quilt that
carries the memory forward to another generation is really special.
the quilts i make are always teaching me, carrying me in new directions. and this latest path is a beautiful new chapter.