A Memories Quilt

I was asked to modify my “Turtle Bay” wall-hanging into a baby quilt…so I did! It’s about 40″ square and it turned out great! 🙂

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Another Etsy customer contacted me to modify a baby quilt a bit further…into a memories quilt…using fabrics with special meanings that she would send to me. And instead of a turtle, could it have a whale’s tail since the recipient lives in California. OK. And since there would be a lot of water without much else going on, how about adding an octopus or something? OK. We decided on jellyfish instead. AND could I get it finished by the end of January? OK. No pressure! :0

Before I show you the finished quilt (which would now be a wall-hanging since some of the fabrics I received were either too old, fragile or otherwise delicate) I’m going to list what was sent to me…last Monday! We leave for Japan tomorrow…meaning I had less than six days to complete this project! Game ON!

  • One bridesmaid dress in blue silk…not a stain, rip or tear.
  • One old baby quilt…well loved, very thin, tied with yarn and with a sizeable chunk out of one corner.
  • One lovely blue woven scarf/shawl with fringe…perfect condition.
  • One western style, blue striped shirt…again, perfect condition.
  • One delicate linen place mat type doily…belonged to her grandmother. Sure, she says, “it’s ok to cut it up!” :0
  • One blue scrub top…you got it by now…perfectly washed and wearable.
  • One yard of snail fabric…LOTS of snails!
  • One WOF  x 5″ piece each of books on cream background, airplanes on gray background and modern pine trees (What?!)
  • One piece of a woven scarf, also embroidered by her grandmother, beige with greenery and metallic ribbon cross.
  • A piece of a special baby crib sheet with yellow bears…well loved and super stretchy
  • One cream colored silk belt
  • One novelty souvenir tea towel from New Zealand…she wanted the flip flops and a Pohutukawa flower on it somehow, plus the whale tale was a nice bonus

Each and every item had a special meaning or memory for this woman’s family. This would not be an ordinary quilt…it would be quirky, completely personal and unique…a wonderful baby gift!

Now, you get to see how all of these plus a few batiks I added, created this!

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Starting at the top, obviously the airplane fabric had to be in the sky. We don’t want to traumatize anyone gazing upon this quilt to think planes should be anywhere else! The well loved baby quilt was added to the sky – the ties could be clouds, right?! (Sorry, my closeup’s didn’t come out very well!)

The water…well, the whale tail on the tea towel was kinda small, so (he, she?) it needed a bigger whale’s tail to add interest. I added the darkest blue/black I had for the horizon line, next came the lovely blue woven scarf, then the silk dress and scrub top fabrics. The snail fabric represents rolling (you can see that, right?!)  They really needed to set on rocks but no time to hunt down that fabric from my stash. More water batik and an awesome bubble fabric I had which worked with the trees. Trees? In the water?! Well, now they look like jelly fish in the depths…see it?! More on the jellyfish in a minute.

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Foamy, swirly batik and the western striped shirt begin the shoreline break. Grandmother’s linen became waves crashing at the bottom (that was the hardest piece for me to incorporate AND cut up!) An off-white dotty fabric and pieces of the baby crib sheet and silk belt are the start of the sandy shore.

The jellyfish are part of Grandmother’s scarf and the blue woven scarf…the blue fringe was perfect for tentacles!! I added silk ties from the bridesmaid dress as well as the white ribbons used to hang up the sleeveless dress! Cool, right?!

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The book fabric is bits of sea glass…stretch your imagination…but not so far that you think it is plastic flotsam, ok?! 😉 Two sandy beige batiks finish up the bottom of the quilt and give us a place to lay the beach towel, kick off the flip flops and gather New Zealand’s red flowers. The “towel” is made from Grandmother’s embroidered scarf and the silk belt for the border.

I texted with this customer as the quilt progressed. There were changes as we went along but in the end, she was very happy with the result! I hope it is well received as a lot of thought and loving memories went into making it.

It is now boxed up, postage paid and ready to go in the mail! It will be flying east as we head west! I don’t usually take on a project with a deadline such as this, but I’m pleased with it as well. Tired…but pleased! 🙂

Besides, I’ll have PLENTY of time to rest on the way to Japan…tomorrow!! Off to finish packing!

I can’t wait to meet this little girl in person!! ❤

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Aloha!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. stitchinggrandma
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 02:02:24

    Wow that is quite the memory quilt. Great way to utilize those precious pieces. Happy Travels

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  2. Deb
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 02:29:48

    Exquisite!

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