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.
Thanks in advance.