Friday, March 12, 2010

A Memory Quilt for Kaye

My world was turned upside down in February when my eldest sister was diagnosed with a terminal illness. I was able to go visit her for a week, and nurse her after her surgery. Not knowing what else could be a comfort for Kaye, I prepared all the makings of a special quilt from my family, and took them with me. I was able to finish it while there and present it to her before I left.

Kaye deserves to have a prize-winning quilt because she is a prize-winning sister. I am no prize-winning quilt maker, so this will have to do. I hope it gives her the comfort she needs.

Each member of my family made a block that said something special about Aunt Kaye. I added a few blocks that highlighted some special events from her life. The red and blue blocks are horse print fabrics because she always enjoyed horses.

Here is the result.

The blocks with hand-written messages are done in crayon. By placing a sheet of sandpaper underneath the muslin, you can color and write whatever you like without the fabric wrinkling up. "Set" the color by placing a piece of brown paper sack on top of the design, and press with a hot iron for 10-15 seconds. It will never wash out now...any mother who has tried to remove color from laundered crayons left in a child's pocket knows what I mean!

The back is anti-pill fleece, just like I made here. This one is machine stippled, and I am happy with the way it worked out, despite a lot of thread breakages this time (I was using a machine I wasn't accustomed to).


Bliss said...


I am so sorry about your sister. Wish I were there to give you a hug!! The quilt turned out beautiful. What a wonderfuly memory quilt.

Miss you!

Judy said...

Julie, so sorry to hear about your sister. I will keep the both of you in my prayers. The quilt is beautiful -- a truly wonderful memory quilt. Hugs!

AverettLadyNana said...

I am so sorry about your sister. I am glad you were able to go be with her for a while. What a wonderful quilt for her to wrap up in for comfort and feel her love ones around her when they can't be there n person. Prayers for Kaye and all of you her family.

Barb said...

I too am sad to hear about your sister. What a lovely quilt you made for her and what a great way to express how you feel and make someone feel so special.