My Mom has decided that it is time to start cleaning and clearing out her house. 60 years! A long time to gather all sorts of treasures. Her collections included all sorts of clothing and fabrics left from projects clear back to the the 50's! These were really hard for her to part with and she just couldn't bring herself to cut them up. I brought home an Explorer full of fabrics and clothing she had been storing for years. We know this is hard for her so I decided to create a wall hanging using some of the most precious of these gems. Donna Jordan of Jordan fabrics has a pattern she calls Beads. I think they look more like Gems and thought these gems of fabrics would be perfect way of displaying my Mom's treasures. I used point to point quilting in the gems to give them a faceted look.
My brother-in-law has been a firefighter for many years and has collected shirts from all his jobs. My sister gave me those shirts last year to create this quilt for his birthday. It was so special to take part in that gift, and a joy to finish my first t-shirt quilt.
This was commissioned as a memory quilt for a 7yr old boy. Many of the fabrics are from his old clothes. His name is Coen and he and his family are currently sailing the world. The flags on the top two rows spell out his name and year of birth using the nautical alphabet.