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!
UPDATE: January 8, 2014 I included the rivets and buttons on the jeans for this project. Now, years later, I regret that. Not only was it a PITA to hit them with the needle while sewing, but now, during this very cold winter, if I roll over in the night and one of those frigid metal parts touches me, it wakes me up. Don't do it, no matter how cool it looks! Start with jeans. Avoid the stretchy kind--they are not really kind.
Cut the thick seams off. The inside thinner seam is okay, but these are TOUGH. If you wanna try, though-it is YOUR art.
Put the first strip on.
Cover it with the 2nd strip. It is a good idea to see the 1st one peeking out. With the volume of them, you are bound to miss here and there.
Block is all sewn
and is being ironed. It is a good idea to iron after every sewn strip. If you chain piece, it is a breeze.
Trim up the ratty edges.
Match up the blocks how ever you are pleased.
After sewing, clip across the edge where you just finished joining. You can wait 'til the end, but after trying it that way, I found it much easier to do them before sewing the next seam. Don't clip all the way around, though. The scissors I used here were the easiest for me. Try whatever methods you have available. Clip close to the seam, but not through. If you accidentally do, just re-stitch it. Piece of cake!
Here are several pairs strung together before clipping.
Sew your pairs together. My method is to sew to the cross-seams. I back stitch a few times to make good and sure it is together. After finishing, I clip the sewn edge of that one.
One side here is already sewn. The other side doesn't match up right. Oh well. It's not a big deal at all. Just keep going on with the quilt. This is a super forgiving project.
I wanted a project to make with the scraps and I have a sweet elderly dog sooooo...
He seems to like it. (The zipper/buttons are where I stuffed it and closed it. WAYYYY easy to de-stuff it for washing!)
Here's a collection of string blocks ready to be joined. I not yet decided how to finish the edges. So many options and no need to decide yet!
Here's a close-up before washing.
Here's a pillow sham. I was too impatient to wait, so I made a pair of these to be enjoy while finishing the project.
Here's a section of the back.
Here's a nice full pic. See the orphan blocks that are included?
This project cost me around 10$ total (thread, some scrap strips I got from the bin at the LQS, the new fabric I used on the backs of the shams). I took my scraps from this that were too small or cut off or left over and made some "new" fabric. I am thinking of making large HST's with it and making maybe a Barn Raising pattern. We'll see. After I have washed and shaken the whole thing, I'll post a pic on the other board.
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.