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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Memorial Quilt: Bear Paw Shirt Quilt


When I was first given the materials for this quilt I was a little scared. I had no idea how to make this pile of shirts into a beautiful quilt for the family.




The lady who wore these shirts used to be the mayor of our town. With every Memorial Quilt I make - I feel so privileged that the families entrust me with their loved ones clothes.


Preparing for this quilt took a long time - in ladies shirts there are many more darts and seams that in a typical mans shirt. Some of the shirts were made of very sheer fabric and they all needed interfacing. I use the lightest interfacing I can find - I like ' '



I quilted this quilt on my new Fusion - Freddie using a design I call an 'octopus flower'. I loaded this quilt on day 5 of having this new machine which was either brave or foolish. Perhaps both. 


The family wanted to use the quilt in their house in Vermont - which is a traditional farmhouse. I wanted the quilt to be of a traditional origin - so we decided on the classic bear paw block. The Bear Paw is a very easy block to put together - and very easy to chain piece as well. I sewed my blocks together on point.



With every quilt I make I find it hard to stand back and be totally pleased with my finished project - I can always see where I could have improved something - but with every project I take on I learn so much. I can't wait to make more memorial quilts for families in 2014.

5 comments:

  1. WOW. Oh Wow. Rachel, that quilt is stunning! Did you add fabrics to it? (Like some of the solids?) Or were they all shirts? I LOVE this quilt -- you did an AMAZING job!!!

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    1. Thank you for such a lovely comment. Yes I did add the white fabric in the blocks and the brown diagonals. ;-)

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  2. Wow, that is beautiful. Where do you ever find the time with three little ones running around?

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  3. Oh gosh, that turned out so beautiful. You are a true artist in the quilting world.

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  4. Wow - what a lovely thing to say. You have totally made my day (perhaps week!)

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