Sunday, August 1, 2010

Memory Quilt Completion

I have completed the memory quilt for my friend dobbygirl. The quilt uses the outgrown clothes of her adorable daughter, Audrey. This was both a fun and learning experience. Fun to play with "little girl" fabrics (really poignant since my baby boy will be 21 next week!). And a learning experience since I was quilting with knits. But I am really happy with how it tuned out.

 Hard to see here, but I used her little flannel receiving blanket as the inner border. I like the variety of textures in this quilt: the knits, the flat woven of a crib sheet, the felt appliques of her play clothes. It is quite heavy too. I foundation-pieced the knits onto muslin in a crazy quilt style, add that to the cotton batting and it is a warm cozy quilt. The setting triangles are made from a pink and brown striped crib sheet. The outer border is a white-on-white print I had in my stash.

 I used Paula Prass' Garden Trellis in pink for the back and binding. I like that while it is a vibrant, rich pink, it is not too 'hot' or fluorescent. This is a quilt where the various fabrics are the focal point so I free-motioned the center in a random loop with white polyester thread. I have also washed it so it has the crinkle.  It really is cute! I will be shipping it to Georgia this week. Still summer, but now Audrey will be ready for the fall!


Dobbygirl said...

OMG - it's amazing, just perfection!!! Many thanks, can't wait to see it in person!!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

This brings tears to my eyes. Truly a piece of art and will bring such joy to little Dobbygirl for years to come. My grandmother did the same thing using scraps of fabric from all the clothing my mom sewed for me. I just wish I had taken better care of it. Now I regret it terribly. Bravo to Jenny for enlisting you to do this and bravo to you Kheli for crafting such a piece of history. You are very talented.

Cheers ~ deb

Convertible Girl said...

Beautiful! I want one for each of my kids now. Have a friend whose dad passed away about 5 years ago -- her mom sent her a quilt from her father's flannel shirts and it's such a treasure.

Convertible Girl said...

Checked your Etsy shop, but couldn't find any info about pricing for quilts from baby clothes. Can you send me some info to soteroneil (at) gmail (dot) com? (I went to high school with Jenny and we follow each other's blogs now.)

The Zhush said...

I just came over from Dobbygirl, after seeing this amazing quilt (work of art). I have been saving my children's clothes for years now with the intention of having a quilt made with the special outfits that no longer fit...could you please send me some info on this? Very interested! thanks!!!