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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Memory Triangles


As many of you know, I quilt for others and last spring I was asked to create a quilt from a bag of scraps ... literally, a bag of scraps which had been cut by hand with scissors along with a bunch of other bits and pieces collected over time.

Not that this is anything unusual to most of you, though I have to admit I'm such an OCD quilter that I have difficulties working with a bunch of scraps that aren't ever meant to go together, so yes, this did create a challenge for me. However, this bag of scraps had a story ... many stories, in fact.

256 HST squares - 4 1/2" blocks - end result 64x64

I was given this bag of scraps by a stranger whom I'd never met before who got my name from my LQS owner.  To her, every single piece of fabric in the bag meant something. As she and I discussed the possibilities of what materials could be used, and what kind of quilt could be constructed, my heart nearly broke as I watched her pull out each bit of fabric from the bag and cry as she told me what fabric was cut by who, and what fabric was from what project her mother and/or her daughter had used it with. 

You see, both her mother and her daughter contributed pieces of material to this pile of fabric.  This was a project that a grandmother and a granddaughter were working on together ... before both of them passed away.  Yes, both mother and daughter of the owner of the bag of scraps are gone and the lady was left with this bag of "memories."  

As most of the scraps were hand cut into triangles, my options were a bit limited.  I added the taupe fabric as a neutralizer and though I tried many layouts, I thought the end result of color blocks of triangles worked best. I was honored to piece this quilt together and as I constructed this blanket and quilted it, I could not help but think of all of the bits and pieces of memories this lady will now have to comfort her as she sits with this quilt. 

Memories are such a huge thing ... either something you see, hear, smell, or touch... memories can mean so very much.  Yes, sometimes memories hurt, sometimes memories make you smile, and other times memories can make you laugh.  Memories ...

So I share with you today this quilt of someone else's memories.  I hope she finds reasons to be happy when she sits with the work I created for her.

As for me ... well, I've got to get back to the sewing room and finish up another project or two which will be shared with those of you who visit me in a day or two for the Wicked Black Cat Crossing hop. 

Yes, our reason to be Wicked this year starts on Monday, October 20th ... I would enjoy another reason to visit with you and please know your comments truly do brighten my day ... making happy memories of your kind words for me to pack away to remember another day!

See you soon and until then, happy stitching!





























15 comments:

  1. Oh my...you have created a stunning quilt, very worthy of those little.scraps. I imagine she will love it more and more every day. Good job!

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  2. Memories are quite powerful and this quilt is just over flowing with memories that will surround and comfort your lady. This post brought tears to my eyes.... such a beautiful quilt, bursting with love.

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  3. I think you chose the perfect layout. The post had my eyes tear up as well.

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  4. You did a wonderful job. What a honor you were given to make these memories into something so special...

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  5. Just a lovely memory quilt and I agree; you chose the perfect layout.

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  6. Wendy, you did a beautiful job. She will treasure it forever.

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  7. Wonderful post and beautiful quilt - you are a treasure Wendy, as is this quilt. Have you moved yet? blessings, marlene

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  8. It's a beautiful thing you've done. And you've turned it into a beautiful memory quilt.

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  9. It really is fabulous and you truly saved a lifetime of memories in a gorgeous way. Nicely done.

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  10. I like it Wendy...and yes the stories behind the quilts can fill a dam.....see you tomorrow...

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  11. Wendy you have done a wonderful job with the triangle bits. I love the sunshine of beginnings in the top right corner-through the colours of life-to the calm dark shades of sleep in the bottom left. Wonderful memory quilt.

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  12. What a beautiful memory quilt you have created and what a comfort it will give. . The design is perfect. Art can be created from scraps which might be useless to someone without vision.....and priceless to someone with the right memory. Lovely work.

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  13. I love those bags of scraps and all the things you can do with them. What a great memorial quilt you have created. That's what it's all about! ;-)

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  14. Great quilt! My mom used to make all our quilts out of leftover scraps. It was fun to look at each scrap and remember what dress, apron, or project she'd made using it...wonderful memories were in each one!

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  15. a very pretty memory quilt my dear..
    big hugs x

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