Saturday, October 29, 2011
Mother's Wool Memorial Quilt, New-To-Me Free Pattern Link Site, and Round Robin
There are many ways to go about memory quilts. You can do pictures and use the quilt for display. I wanted something that I could wrap around me and use for comfort. Something that when I put it on me I could feel her loving me and make me think of all the words of wisdom she left me to add to my comfort.
I made the one in the next picture for a friend who lost her husband. I didn't know her husband, so I spent a few hours listening to her tell me about him and his life. I think that was almost more therapeutic than receiving this quilt to remember him by, but needless to say she cried when she received it. You can also read the post about this if you like HERE.
My mother's memorial quilt is a Thimbleberries pattern. I would not recommend such small piecing as those evergreen trees to anyone when using wool. It was a fight to make them. The sources I found sometimes recommended 1/4 inch seams (which is what I used, because I was afraid of running out of fabric) and others recommended 1/2" seams. Seeing the quilting struggles from the bumps, I think I would recommend 1/2 inch seems to anyone wanting to make a wool quilt. I would also recommend ironing the seems open, as this would also reduce the bulk. I did this where I could, but some of the fabric was very heavy, and it was hard to get the 1/4 inch seems apart.
My wonderful friend, Deb Cavanaugh quilted this for me. She had an awful time getting over the bumps of the seams. Deb is the most wonderful and generous lady. She is an ace at feathers, and I have learned a lot from her about that subject as well as others regarding quilting. Here is a closeup of the quilting:
The picture doesnt do it justice really. Her work is fabulous!