Four years after my mom passed away, I’ve finally finished the memorial quilt for my sister, Valerie. God bless her for being patient! This is the 5th of 6 memorial quilts.
The butterflies were made with my dad’s favorite sweatshirt jacket, which he wore whenever he was working out in the garage. I put an extra layer of batting behind the butterflies so they’d puff out a bit more, then added black antennae and had the butterflies “carrying” the name by wrapping around the letters. How cute is that?!?! I wish I’d have used a thicker thread, but it looks cute as hell anyway.
“Charlie” was Valerie’s nickname, and only mom and dad called her that. I did the lettering in Word, printed it out, taped it together, then did the applique with Mistyfuse. Dang, Mistyfuse is incredible – I didn’t have to reverse the lettering or worry about the fabric fraying!
Valerie embroidered all of the labels on mom’s sewing machine that she inherited. The picture is from Val’s wedding – one of our favorite pictures, and it was embroidered onto dad’s t-shirts. She made 4 of these – and must have used miles of thread! Because it is on knit, the words are a bit hard to read, but that’s okay-we know what it says!
Valerie loves it, and I’m so glad she does. I now have one more memorial quilt to make – mine. But it will wait for a while. Those quilts take a lot out of me emotionally, and I have to do some happy quilts now. I will love having my own to cuddle up with….soon…..