When someone you love passes on, it can be difficult to know what to do with what they leave behind. Somethings have value outside of sentiment and can be kept and be useful as is, or be sold. Somethings which may have been useful while they lived, now find themselves obsolete or just redundant to what you already have yourself. With no value at all, they can be donated or thrown out. But what do you do with the things like clothes, that were such a daily part of their lives, but can have no real purpose in ours? To a raw heart, it can be difficult to discard them, but why keep something that can do nothing by take up space? A memorial quilt can be a beautiful reminder of a life now past that is useful and meaningful to those who have it for years to come. Helen made one such quilt for a grandson at the passing of his grandfather.
Made of denim patches and plaid shirts, you can almost see the style of this man. She’s flipped the more traditional idea of a pieced block surrounded by solid sashing by piecing the sashing with the smaller plaid blocks to surround the solid larger denim squares. There is no telling how many shirts she had to choose from, but I like the composition of shirts that she used. We’ve got white, gray, and blacks, and then that one red shirt. I think it gives a nice balance set with the blue denim. She also used a variety of denim patches, lights and darks. It gives it some variety while essentially being the same.
The quilting was completed with Turbulance pantograph. This particular quilt was completed with the use of the IQ system where a computer controlled the movement of my Millennium. But Turbulance is a paper pantograph we have available to our quilters here in the shop as well as sell online. It is a simple large swirl pattern that works well with the block design of this quilt. It adds some roundness and motion to a very linear design.
Quilts in the olden times were made from whatever fabric one could find. Old clothes that could no longer be used were frequently dismantled to make other clothes, and cut even smaller into quilts. Maybe our ancestors had this right. It’s easier to keep our lost loved ones close when we can curl under a warm remembrance of who they were in a quilt.