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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Happy Tuesday Quilt #3, #4, #5 and 6

I made this quilt for our Friends, Sally and Gary.

As I told them, I have a new passion/obsession and my friends
and family are benefiting from it


This is my largest one to date.  It kinda took on a life of it's own.
I finally finished hand stitching 160" 😝 around the binding.
If you are interesting in being my hand stitching sidekick, I'm accepting applications.

The entire quilt
on the back side of the binding.  38"x 45".

This one is for us

Long story short  (really) during all this hot weather my neighbor had missing seeing us
out and about (we go out very early for our walk).  She emailed to check on me asking what I was up to in the heat.  I told her I was teaching myself to quilt, sent her the photos above.
After a few minutes, she wrote back.  Would you consider making 2 simple memory throw quilts
for my sister and I?  Their mom passed earlier this year.  They saved their Mom's blouses in the hopes
of finding someone to make the quilts.  I told her it would be my honor to do this. 
 After getting the parts and pieces off each blouse,
I cut ~130/5" squares out of about 25 blouses/tee shirts.
Front of first quilt:  I had forgotten how much tee shirt material crawled and puckered when
sewing on it. I didn't cut many tee shirt squares.
I was able to use at least one sq.of fabric from each blouse.

5th after squares were sewn

Alas each quilt offers me a new lesson.  This one is tee shirt material and
various other fabrics including seersucker were not user friendly.
Buttons were not originally a part of the plan; however,
due to many seams not matching I 'hid' the imperfection
with buttons at the corners.
As it turns out it looked a bit odd with just scattered buttons so I decided to
put buttons at all corners.

I'd like to give a proper SHOUT out to HER aka Tobi at
Daisy Downunder for suggesting iron on interfacing to help with the
stretchy fabric on the tee shirt fabric.  In a perfect world,
I probably should have used interfacing on any square that had a variety of
fabric types.
Number 6#

When my neighbor saw all the buttons on #5 she loved them and
asked me to put them on #6.
Below was taken before I added 30 buttons.

This pretty blue fabric has become my favorite and my neighbor liked it too.
I used it on both memory quilts

The sisters had 2 requests:
1. that I use fabric from each blouse and tee shirt
2. that I some how incorporate the appliques, lighthouse and palm tree and sailboats
into each quilt. I cut them off the navy tee shirt, then cut a 5" sqs. from the tee shirt
and appliqued them onto the navy 5"square.  Lighthouse was too tall so it
became leaning lighthouse.
I will be the first to admit there are several 'humility squares**'.
This caused me some anxiety, but as my biggest supporter aka Dad of Madi, said
"you have done as they requested."

** "Humility Square" is the one quilt square that Puritans or Amish quilters purposely created imperfectly in their quilts.  

I cannot honestly say I created them on purpose but
that is my Tuesday Tale and I'm sticking to it.  

My neighbor picked up both quilts on Friday July 19.  She got a wee misty eyed.
I am honored to have done this for them.
She recalls seeing Mom in all of these blouses...and that is what this was about
preserving Memories

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  1. that is such a sweet idea... and you are simply the best for making a wonderful memory quilt for your neighbor and her sister...

  2. The memory throw quilts are such a lovely idea and you made a beautiful job of them. I love the blues in the quilt you are making for yourself. You have certainly been busy.

  3. Oh my goodness, you have been busy! Love the idea of the memory quilts! They will bring smiles to your neighbor's and her sister's faces for years to come!

  4. You are hand-sewing these?!? I think I've mentioned this to you before, but I never learned how to use a sewing machine and so I hand-sew everything. My biggest project to date was a body pillow longer and wider than an actual body. That took forever - especially because Bear "helped." Turns out that pillow got destroyed in the flood. I don't have the heart to throw it out, even though I know it's necessary.

  5. Hari OM
    Gosh, I think you did a fantastic job, given that you are really still in learning mode! These are fabulous! YAM xx

  6. Beautiful quilts! I'm with your neighbor. I like the blue one too.
    Happy Tuesday.

  7. HOW SWEET! What a wonderful memory for your neighbor and her sister. A very good idea too. Love all of them. You are becoming an expert.

  8. wow, I wish you were my neighbor or that someone like you was next door. you are doing so well and now helping out your friends.... my favorite of all your quilts is the one you did for yourself. love fits my OCD symmetery self perfectly.

  9. Your quilts turned out great. All those buttons must have taken a long time but seeing as the quilt was made out of shirts it is quite appropriate to have them there. You are very clever to think of using them.

  10. Oh my on the quilts. What a wonderful thing to do. You made me smile.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday, my friend. Big hug. ♥

  11. What a beautiful group of quilts. I love the idea of a memory quilt...I have never heard of them before!

  12. Those are just lovely! Keep up the good work!

  13. How delightful that you are using your skills, to help others! You go, girl!

  14. Mom is so very impressed with all that you have done!!! We are too - BRAVO!!! And of course, blue is Mom's favorite color, and that blue is gorgeous.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  15. Those are beautiful. You are so talented. XO

  16. What an incredible journey of life you've created for them! I love what you've done C.

  17. What a wonderful thing to do for your neighbour.

  18. Well done quilting! I love the addition of buttons to the memory quilts - they add a lot don't they. The one you made for YOU is gorgeous - one of my favorite colors. They all are absolutely grand - congratulations to you for picking up quilting on your own. I just finished hemming the quilt Carol made for me today. I'll be showing it off on a post soon. You quilters are fabulous artists for sure!

    Love, Pam

  19. I see the blues won! As I'm a blue/black person, I go with the blues, too. Lovely quilts. You may get few more requests once the sisters show off their quilts. Well done.

  20. You are a quilting force of one! Those are amazing and what a wonderful way to remember their mother.

  21. Not only are you having fun but they are all so very pretty!

  22. That's a very special thing you have done for the two sisters. The quilts are beautiful and they must be overwhelmed by the memories. Very sweet!

  23. Those quilts are beautiful! And how nice of you to make memory quilts for you neighbor. Very special.

  24. LOVE the quilts. And the memory quilts are so special - what a wonderful thing to do for your neighbor, they are beautiful
    Mabel & Hilda

  25. I LOVE LOve LOVE those quilts. You are an incredibly kind human being (making those memory quilts) and a very very talented quilter. I cannot believe that you've learned so fast :) Wow!!!!

  26. OMD, Ma is all gaga overs that blue! It is so beautifuls!!!! You are so very sweet to do those memory quilts for your neighbor! They really came out beautifuls!!! Ma is super jealous at your skills!
    Ruby ♥

  27. Those are magnificent and we know the ladies loved them even more than we do.

  28. C; the quilts are beautiful.....and as da tabbies say 984 paws up for what you did for your neighbor ~~~~~~~ ☺☺☺♥♥♥


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