Friday, May 17, 2013

Patti's Memory Banner Quilt With Bird Appliques

It's time once again for Amy's Creative Side Quilt Festival.  This entry is for the Spring 2013 festival.  My other entry is under Throw Quilt category. 

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I finished Patti's memory quilt today.  Patti is my late mother-in-law's oldest daughter and carries on her name.  I decided she needed something a little more fancy than a quick block quilt.  While surfing the Internet for quilt ideas I found several types of flag banner quilts and decided that would be something I could use my mother-in-law's clothes for to make a nice quilt for Patti.  I also came across a bird quilt on Pinterest and decided to add a bird to each row.
I found some navy blue trim at Hancock's to use for the "clothes line".  I cut each triangle out of an 8 1/2" X 11" piece of paper.  If you like the birds and want to make your own, you can go to my Pinterest (top of the blog) and follow my Quilt Idea board where you will find a link to these cute birds where you can create your pattern.

While garage sale shopping a few weeks ago I got this two yard cut of blue cotton for 50 cents !  The blue represents a beautiful blue clear sky.  I first arranged the trim and triangles on the background fabric to get my spacing then sewed one row on at a  time.
Sewing on the trim for the clothes line using a wide zig zag stitch....
I used a light weight bonding adhesive for each triangle since the clothes were out of so many different fabrics.  I did not want any shifting of fabrics while sewing the triangles in place.
I added the bird to the row after the triangles were sewn on.  I used a zig zag stitch for everything.
The quilt top was not quite wide enough so I used some blue floral fabric that my mother-in-law had in her sewing closet.  I wanted to use as much of her fabric, thread, etc as possible in the memory quilts.  She was a great seamstress and crafter who taught me well !  I made these border strips 4" wide.
I used a quilted mattress pad for the backing.  Since Patti lives in Michigan, this will give her a nice heavy quilt for those long winters!
Lots of safety pins were used to sandwich the two pieces together....
I used a free motion quilting technique to give this quilt lots of "puckerness" goodness...
I used an old pillowcase for the binding.  I cut the pillowcase into 3" strips, folded in half, top stitched to the front and hand stitched to the back.
Today was an overcast day, so it was perfect for taking outdoor pictures in the backyard....

I'm sure Patti will love this quilt as much as I do and it will give her some tender memories of her mama as she looks at these fabrics from her 50th wedding anniversary dress, shirts, jeans, hospital scrubs and pajamas.  The birds were cut out of Pat's pajamas that she wore the last couple of months during her battle with cancer.  Pajamas that Patti gave to her mom.  Patti said she loved wearing them because the style of them made them look more like regular clothes than p.j.'s.  She found them comforting.




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30 comments:

  1. What a sweet quilt and such a great idea! i plan to make a memory quilt and this might be something to use in it. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. That's a beautiful quilt with a lot of beautiful thoughts behind it.

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  3. What a wonderful tribute. I love the quilt. I am sure she will treasure it always. Saw your link on Singing Three Little Birds.

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  4. The sentiment is wonderful of course. And the quilt is a gem. So charming and original. The birds are an inspired touch. I'm visiting from BNOTP! Have a great week!

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  5. What a beautiful way to remember a loved one. I got a little teary.

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  6. I really like that idea. I have some of my grandma's fabric I should do this with.

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  7. What a wonderfully meaningful quilt. I'm sure your sister-in-law will love it and treasure it. I love the bright blue background and the way that you incorporated such meaningful outfits for the pennants.

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  8. This is beautiful!! My mom passed away 4 1/2 years ago and we have been wanting to make quilts for her grandkids that she didn't get to meet out of scraps of her clothing. I had zero vision for it until now! Thank you!!

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  9. this is such a perfect way to make a memory quilt. i love the idea, and it turned out beautifully

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  10. That is so fun!! I hope you will be linking that up to the party this Wednesday!

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  11. I do adore this quilt and all the time and love you put into it! What a special thing to do for your sister-in-law. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  12. Very Pretty! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  13. This is a sweet sweet quilt - looks awesome!

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  14. The most beautiful quilt ever!!

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  15. What an absolutely fabulous quilt! I'm sure it will be very much loved and appreciated!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  16. Oh, how I love this. You did such a great job. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
    Your newest follower,
    Carla
    www.createinthesticks.blogspot.com

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  17. I am SO impressed that you quilted that on a Janome Jem Gold!

    FABulous!!

    robin :-)

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  18. To me this is what quilting is all about, very inspiring
    and a beatiful quilt, gorgeous!!

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  19. What a lovely memory quilt to be cherished and loved.

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  20. What a lovely thing to do for her! Beautiful quilt.

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  21. Molto bello e divertente!
    Ciao dall'Italia

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  22. Such a comfort this quilt will be to Patti, and how thoughtful! Very beautiful!

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  23. This is a lovely quilt. I like the way you used the clothes and I especially love the shapes of the birds and the fact that they're all different :)

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  24. This is beautiful. I especially like that you used some of Patti's clothing in the quilt. This is really an extra special piece!

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  25. I am so impressed. What a sweet, thoughtful person you must be.

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  26. a beautiful quilt - very special

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  27. This is gorgeous. I would love to see your pinteret birds but I can't seem to see your pinterest link anywere?? Not sure what I am doing wrong.

    Sarah

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  28. Try this link to see where I got my birds.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/51374488@N00/5503831214/

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  29. Thanks so much for your reply. I love your quilt what a great idea.
    Sarah

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