Memory Quilt

It’s been nearly six months since I lost my dad. I brought home a bag of about 30 of his shirts after the funeral. I’ve looked at the bag a few times, but haven’t been able to open it until this past week. I didn’t want to then, but I haven’t been able to think of anything else to give my mom for Christmas, except for a quilt. With the first snip of the scissors, the tears came.

And then this sweet girl jumped up to sit with me.

It took hours to cut apart all those shirts, but she never left my side until the last one was done.

Then she wandered off to play. It was like she knew I needed her and knew when the job was done. She is just the sweetest dog ever.

I decided to use the sleeves for this quilt, so I layered them up, pressing as I went.

I used this die and my Accuquilt die cutter.

Here are my piles of rectangles.

Time to design.

Have a great day.


About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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16 Responses to Memory Quilt

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  3. What a great idea. How sweet the dog knew you needed some support.

  4. Kathleen says:

    The sweetest.

  5. I just love this idea. I’m sure that your Mom will cherish the finished quilt. Merry Christmas!

  6. Terri Bertalan says:

    Katy your Mom will love this quilt like no other and love that comes from you in the making of it. Label should include picture of your puppy helping you through the cutting as well.

  7. Janet O. says:

    I feel your pain. Lost my Dad a year ago this month. I have a quilt top made now from his shirts, but can’t decide how to quilt it, so it sits. I know you will move faster on yours!

  8. Diane in AZ says:

    A quilt grounded in love. Perhaps a picture of that sweet dog should be on the label.

  9. Rochelle Summers says:

    What a precious gift this will be for your mom. And hopefully you were remembering all the good times you had with your dad and seeing him in some of those shirts. Blessings to you and your mom and special pats to your friend.

  10. Sue says:

    Prayers for your family this Christmas Katy as you suffered a double loss. I’m sure this gift will bring you many good memories as you sew it together & your Mom will absolutely love the comfort of having your Dad near when she’s wrapped up in it. Blessings to you all

  11. I’m tearing up a bit as I read this. The first Christmas without them is a hard one. Hug each other much, let the tears flow, but think of the fun memories and laugh a little too. Sending a hug and holding you all up in prayer.

  12. allisonreidnem says:

    What a beautiful gift for your Mom. Loving can be painful but giving and receiving love keeps us moving forwards and enables us to look back with thankful tears. God bless you and your family this Christmas.

  13. Funny how some people don’t realize how sensitive and caring our 4-legged friends can be. She indeed felt your pain as you worked through with memories and tears flowing. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

  14. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Katy,
    {{{Hugs}}} a bunch for you. Sweet puppy – they know when you need them. I still have a bag of my brother’s t-shirts; it’s been two years and I can’t do anything with them yet. That is so fabulous of you to make something for your mom. It will mean so much to both of you. {{Hugs}} again. ~smile~ Roseanne

  15. Kathy D says:

    Praying that each stitch sewn on this quilt helps you remember your love for your dad and his for you. Your mom will absolutely love being covered by this quilt!

  16. My heart goes out to you at this time. Prayers to you and your family.

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