7.17.2011

Mum's Memorial Quilt

My late Mum's shirts were iconic.

Always in a button-down style, always the same sturdy cotton, usually in a plaid or floral pattern - never a tee shirt or fussy blouse for Mum.

When she passed away, I was insistent to the point of mania that we keep her clothes. I didn't know when, but I knew I was going to make something of them, a memorial I could look at every day and think of the so many memories associated with each shirt.

(This is the shirt she wore when we went to Garden of the Gods, that's the nightie she always wore at Christmas, that's the shirt she sported when tidying in the garden, and those *damn* blue pants she always wore!).

It took me nearly a year, but I was finally able to pull out those shirts, and immediately knew exactly the sort of memorial quilt I was going to make.

It took me a long time to cut into them, shape them, sew them and piece them all together, then months of waiting for it to be professionally quilted - no taking of chances with this quilt and my unsteady needlework.

And now, finally, the memorial is complete, and I know without a doubt that Mum would have loved it.

Full view...

Mum's Memorial Quilt Done!

Pinwheel, pinwheel, spinning around...

Mum's Memorial Quilt

Each one a memory...

Mum's Quilt Detail


At first, it made me cry, but now, it makes me smile every day when I walk in and see it on my bed. She would have loved that - practical and unfussy to a fault.

That's my Mum.

7 comments:

Melissa said...

That's a beautiful quilt! What a wonderful keepsake and tribute to your mom. :)

Marissa said...

Thanks, Melissa! :-)

Carrie said...

A lovely quilt with lovely memories attached. :)

Dizzy C said...

That is so beautiful.

A labour of love.

carol

Pam B said...

I can't think of a nicer tribute, all those memories. Well done, it must have been hard and emotional to do, but SO worthwhile. She would have been so proud of you

Marissa said...

Thank you all so much for the kind comments - I truly appreciate it. :-)

Jeff Rivera said...

This would really show how you appreciate her. Nice one.