Last week, our family lost someone and I want to make a memory quilt out of some of his old clothes. I have used lots of clothing scraps in my quilts before, but not like this. I would like to include things like pockets and perhaps the buttons and such. Has anyone had any experience in incorporating things that are not simply flat pieces of fabric into a usable quilt?
My mental image (in the earliest planning fantasy) is to include shirt pockets, perhaps the cuffs (from the arms that hugged his mother), the collar (that rubbed against his face), and whatever else is textured that looks good.
I want this to be able to be used until it is worn out. I don't want my aunt to feel that it is an heirloom that must be hidden away on a shelf, but is something to be enjoyed.
I will probably machine stitch it and hand quilt it and am planning to making it sofa-sized.
I want advice from anyone who has tackled this type of project and your input. Once I get started chopping up the clothes, there won't be any ability to run down to the fabric store and replace the mess-ups so I would really appreciate any tips on things to look out for.
This is a little game where you move the symbol to the designated place by eyeballing instead of measuring. (I know, the quilt police say we should all be perfect, but I spend many quilting moments by just cutting where I want and not being perfect. Why would I want a cookie-cutter quilt, anyway, right?)
As a quilter, I have found that the "find the center of the circle", "find the center of the line", and "find the right angle" are the ones that I excel at.
I want to make a basic single-crochet afghan worked in the round. BUT--I can't start it and I gave all my crochet books and patterns away a few years ago. Now I want to make a gift for my son and can't find anything without shells, mesh, or whatnot anywhere on the net. I am sure it's there, but just hidden to me!
I LoveLoveLove Lifehacker. It is a wonderful site. I originally found it during an online search for gardening info and stayed for all the other great ideas it promotes/suggests/shares/discovers. The comments are often as great as the suggested topics/tips.
I was super delighted to see something focusing on crafting that was quilter specific. Check it out. You will positively drool with envy.
Then check out more of Lifehacker. I bet you will find something that makes your life easier.
In class last night (yes, I do dream of quilting while I should be diving into physics!), I thought of an idea someone with a young 'un might wanna try.
Make a couple of shirts or skirts or whatever. In the largest open expanse of the fabric, appliqué on something beautiful--a pretty flower or a Sunbonnet Sue or whatever. Make similar matching styles for each one. As your kid outgrows the item, you have a quilt block already done! Just cut it off the clothing item and you are ready to go. AND, you know it is not going to bleed all over your other fabrics. You could do the same with a redline quilt. You could make 3 or 4 items a year and in 5 or 6 years, you can be ready to make a quilt that would be so awesome.