Monday, September 30, 2013

A Special project

As I sit at my sewing machine, working on completing my Metro Rings quilt, I look to my left and see this:

These are shirts that belonged to my very dear father-in-law, who passed away this summer.

I would like to make a memory quilt  using the shirts, but have not been able to decide on a pattern.  I think the color palette suggests something red/white and blue.  My father-in-law was a paratrooper during World War II,  so I think a patriotic theme would be very appropriate.

One of the shirts is seersucker, and another is a poly/cotton blend.  I would like to use them both.

I think a dark background fabric might make the colors pop a little bit, but may also make the overall effect too drab.  A light background fabric may make the shirt colors themselves look dull.

It's hard to know exactly where to start.  I want it to be just right.   For now, I'm still thinking about it, and remembering the man, who is missed very much.
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  1. I'm not sure if a dark background would look drab. There is a bit of sparkle in the shirts, but it would depend on the ratio of background to shirt fabric. You could use a bit of gold, too, that is a common color in the patriotic scheme. At any rate, the project is a good one, I think. Are you just making one quilt or several smaller ones? I also know that there is a block called the Army star if you are unsure of a pattern.

  2. what a lovely way to remember your dear father-in-law. I am eager to see what you make.

  3. Have you thought of any patterns? I wouldn't know where to begin. There's a nice array of colors. I've never used all those different fabrics. Looking forward to what you decide.

  4. When my brother-in-law died I made four quilts with his shirts. I chose a simple nine patch because I thought the pieces would be large enough for his wife and children to recognize specific shirts and that turned out to be a good choice. They treasure the quilts and I treasure the memory of making them. Blessings, marlene


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