Tuesday, February 2, 2010

My true passion, Memory quilts

One Christmas my awesome husband surprised me with a sewing machine. It was a wonderful gift, but it never got used because honestly, it intimidated me. But when an amazing lady from our church made a memory quilt from Sophia's baby clothes, I knew I had to overcome my fear. I LOVE that quilt so much. I told everybody about it, including the librarians at story time. They asked me to bring it in to show them, and THEY all loved it so much that we decided to find somebody to teach us how to make our own.

That’s how it all got started, and I’ve been hooked ever since. For me, it’s a lot of fun, but it’s also an honor to be trusted enough with someone else’s beloved baby clothes to transform them into something that will be cherished for years. I LOVE baby clothes. Once they’re outgrown or even stained, don't let them be forgotten in a box. Let them be made into something useful that can be treasured everyday.

Remember all those tags you looked at? "NB,” “0-3 mo,” “3-6 mo"? I can put those on the quilt. I can also keep sleeves intact so you can always remember the tiny arms that you once so carefully dressed. Feet from sleepers can be kept so you can think about all those nights you had to catch kicking feet to get them in there.

I make patchwork quilts and memory quilts for grown-ups, too! I used store-bought fabric to make a patchwork quilt for Sophia’s new toddler bed (borrowed from her awesome cousins), since she already had a memory quilt. And I just finished a t-shirt quilt for a friend. It’s made from her old sorority shirts, and I know she will love it.

I am honored to be trusted with all these precious clothes and memories.

1 comment:

  1. you are so good at these andrea!!! I hope that you can make me one too for baby Korir _ u may have to help me narrow down the cute clothes though--haha