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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Campy Memory Quilt

Well, I was determined to push through and finish up the quilt top for the 3rd memory quilt tonight.  For new readers, these four quilts are being made with my grandfather's shirts, who is in the end stages of Alzheimer's.  These quilts are for his four sons (one is my dad).  Now that we're all up to speed, check it out!

I hate that the picture is inside, but it was either use an inside pic, or miss all of the fun Friday finish parties.  I'd rather be partying, thank you very much!


My goal with these four quilts is for each to have a different feel that matches a bit of the personality of the recipient, but to also be unified as a set of four quilts.  Plaids can take on so many styles, and I'm shooting for campy/woodsy with this one.  I think the Kona Biscuit sashing and this take on a giant log cabin block lends itself to this feel.

If you missed the first two memory quilts, you can check out Western Kaleidoscope HERE and Bricks and Mortar HERE.

A couple of hours at my sewing machine was just what I needed this evening (even if this shirting fabric is tough to deal with).  Can't wait to get this one quilted this weekend!


26 comments:

  1. Looks great Kelly! I have some plaid shirts to cut up and I like how this turned out. Have fun quilting!!

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  2. This was different and I like it. Good with the Kona fabric in between.
    Regards,

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  3. Very nice Kelly! It's amazing how different all three look, considering the same plaids have been used! Looking forward to seeing the last one, as well as seeing this one finished up!

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  4. Those quilts are beautiful! What a great way to honor your grandfather.

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  5. Beautiful way to honor your grandfather. I like how each is different yet they're clearly all related. Good job designing the series.

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  6. Looking good! I know the recipients will cherish these quilts and will love have the feel of your grandfather wrapping them up in a nice huge.

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  7. I really love the sentiment behind these quilts. Thank you so much for sharing them with all of us. I'm sure his children (your father included) will be forever grateful to you for making these special quilts.

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  8. What a lovely memento. I've been following along with the progress but have been amiss in commenting :) They all look great!

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  9. Beautiful work! Those shirts will live on for years and years to come, you have created family heirlooms :)

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  10. Looks great Kelly love the Kona Biscuit in between the blocks and love the Sentiment behind them. It is a lovely idea, great work!

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  11. It is really fantastic how different they are while still being tied together with such great memories and family history. I know how difficult Alzheimer's is. This is a nice way to work through it.

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing this Kelly. I think these quilts are amazing! I too have a Father-in-law with Alzheimer's! This is such a fabulous idea. Thanks for sharing Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

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  13. So sweet and meaningful. And I really really love plaid so this is a winner for me.

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah! I'm so glad you like it. I can't wait to get it finished up this weekend!

      :) Kelly

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    1. Thank you so much Jessica! I'm so glad you like it. I can't wait to finish it this weekend!

      :) Kelly
      ps- you're showing up as a no-reply blogger, so I'm replying here!

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  15. I love these quilts. It's so wonderful to have something so meaningful and tangible to remind you of a loved one. I made a quilt for my grandmother recently, and I was able to give it to her exactly one week before she passed away. It was just as important for me as it was for her, I think!

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Megan! I agree, the experience of making the quilts has been just as special for me as the actual quilts themselves. That's so special that you were able to do that for her too. I'm so glad you like them. Thanks so much for visiting and enjoy your weekend!

      :) Kelly
      ps- for some reason, you're showing up as a no-reply blogger, so I'm responding here!

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  16. I can't wait until you get it quilted! It is so perfect. You are such a trooper!

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  17. I love shirt quilts! This makes me want to run out and make another one.

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  18. Being back to school doesn't seem to be slowing you down any, Kelly. I agree. The Kona biscuit does suit the plaids well. And after another long week, you should be able to party - linky style! Looking forward to seeing the quilted version, too!

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  19. Oh, I love these memory quilts. You've done a great job with all the patterns. I can't wait to see the final one as well. I'm sure they'll be treasured in your family. What a way to share your talent and family memories. :)

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  20. You're doing such a wonderful thing, Kelly. My grandmother made all of us grandchildren stuffed bears out of his workshirts, and they are special treasures. A good pattern choice for these plaids! How is working with the shirt material? Is it difficult, slippery, or bulky? I will be interested to see how they wash, too. Did you prewash your Kona to go with the much-washed shirt material?

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  21. Hi there Kelly,
    I just love the idea of making memory quilts with shirts.
    I am hoping you can answer a question for me? -what size did you cut the squares into?
    Thanks in advance!
    Quilty Huggs,
    Jacqueline
    quiltsewhappy@yahoo.ca

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