I am part of an online art quilt group that does quarterly challenges, The Endeavourers. This quarter, the theme was “Memories.”
Few things evoke as many sweet memories for me as the tools and supplies of textile crafts. I have inherited yards of crocheted edgings from my great-grandmother, needlebooks from my grandmother, silk threads from my husband’s aunt, and much more. My sewing machine sits on my grandmother’s table, and I use her iron. And present-day friends also pass on a wealth of fabrics, books, technique tips, and ideas! All day long as I work on projects, these treasures spark thoughts of friends and family members.
One of the books a friend gave me is Crazy Patchwork by Janet Haigh, published in 1998. I was not a huge fan of crazy quilts, but the fresh slants on tradition in this book gave me lots of inspiration.
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This week I continued to walk for Becky’s #WalkingSquares Challenge. I walked outside every day except Tuesday, and I am going to have to count going up and down the grocery store aisles that day as my walk for the day. 🙂 We had a lot of cloudy days, and my 5-year-old camera couldn’t cope […]
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Thank you for allowing these vintage textiles to see the light of day. I know I have old hankies and embroidered items that I keep meaning to do something with. Your piece inspires me to pull them out and see what I can make work.
I was keeping them, meaning to do one of those full-size quilts, but I realized that I would probably never get to that project, and if I ever did, I would probably be afraid to put it on a bed because the pieces would be so fragile. This was a good solution for me. I will be interested to see what you come up with! 🙂
What a great way to use vintage textiles and notions, etc. It will bring a happy smile to your face each time you see it. It’s just lovely.
I felt I was continuing with what you sparked by sending me that vintage handkerchief! 🙂
What a beautiful Memory Quilt…surely to be treasured by your family! Thanks for sharing
I love this – I think it’s magical! It has the kind of detail that you want to spend a long time investigating and poring over. It must have been a lot of fun to make admiring all the details, and finding just the perfect placement.
Thank you! Yes, I had so much fun making it!
It’s lovely. How will you display it?
Right now it is hanging from a skirt hanger in the guest room. 🙂 I don’t have lots of wall space, so I just hang these small art quilts up for a while, usually just until I make another one.
Seems like a good plan. 🙂
This is so beautiful. I like the way you have used the crazy quilt technique to create a unique piece. It is a wonderful way to display all those vintage pieces with all their happy memories 🙂
I’m so happy to see this as I have inherited textiles, too, and wonder what to do with them. Thanks for the inspiration.
I have been aspiring to do one of these fusion quilts, but I thought I would at least do this free-form mini-quilt because I will probably never get around to the real thing! 🙂
Thanks for introducing me to the fusion quilt. I love what she did but, like you, I will look for something less ambitious.
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