While I call it a memory quilt, some might refer to it as a bereavement quilt. I was contacted by Emily back in January about making a quilt for her incorporating some of her mother clothes into it after she saw some of my quilts online. Her mother, Beverly, had passed away 7 years ago (shortly after my own [step]dad passed away) quite unexpectedly of an aortic aneurism. Because of my own loss of a parent at the same time, to say this project was very near to my heart is an understatement. I gladly agreed to create a quilt for her guest room and thought hard about the quilt pattern I might use.
When it came down to it, the clothes dictated the pattern and style. Most of the fabrics she sent were jersey knit nightgowns of soft, romantic prints. I knew I needed a few more fabrics to add in so made a trip to Fabric Depot to find just the right classic prints. I bet you can’t tell which ones are which. It all came together so beautifully. I love this quilt. It’s probably one of my most favorites that I have ever made. Emily emailed me after she received it late last week and she said she loves it.
I didn’t take a picture, but I made a label for the back with a photo of her mom (I had her send me) as well as her name and date of birth and death so that this quilt will always be a testament to her mothers life as it passes through the generations of family members. Now Emily will always have a piece of her mom with her and any time she might need a hug from her she can just wrap her self up in this quilt. Emily told me what a beautiful person her mother was inside and out and I can tell through email correspondence with her that it has rubbed off. I have my own memory quilt to make from clothes we saved of my dad’s, and I think this was the prompting I needed to actually get to it. So thank you Emily for the opportunity and the kick in the butt.