If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

My stitch group

I belong to a very special group of ladies and feel very blessed to have them in my life. It's been such a pleasure to just sit and stitch every Thursday when  possible. Each one has given me so much more than I could ever had expected. We all share the love for applique and antique quilts but than each one of  us is so different, that's what make the group so special.

While walking this morning I was thinking about what I was going to write about  the items  that Pam brought to the group the other day. You see about 6 years ago her mother had passed away and she has some of her mothers items and clothing. It's something I believe happens often. I can not speak from experience since I have still have my parents here with us but have seen others go through this.

Well Pam is having a family reunion coming up so she had decide to make something for her sister and nieces from some of theirs mother items so she use a tablecloth and a dress. she went online to find a pattern for a bag and this is what she came up.
These are two of the bags she made, one is made from her mothers tablecloth and the other was one of her mom's favorite dresses.

What a neat idea for the use of an old tablecloth. Seeing how it has such special meaning to them

This bag is from one of her mom's favorite dresses, Her mom loved bright colors and sparkly decorations, you see her mom was almost completely blind but she could see thing of that sort. So Pam took the sparkly details and added them.

The pink pocket was a sleeve to a dress with more of the motifs from the dress. Very clever I thought.

I have seen quilts made from clothing and dad's ties also. Seen pictures added for more of a personal touch. Then I was thinking this morning what else could one do and I thought why not a journal cover. I keep a journal and it would only be natural for me to want to write about my loved one.

Then I thought if you had some jewerly (costume) why not glue it to a picture frame and have a picture of your loved one in it. You use anything really, say dad was a fisherman why not some of his lures glued to the frame with his picture.

Or if you had a robe or clothing that is soft why not make a stuff animal of some sort for the young ones. They miss the person as much as we do or if they never had a chance to know them what a nice way to share in their memory.

I bet some of you have done or can think of some neat ideas. I'm asking you to share your ideas please in the comments section. That way maybe someone out ther could make something to remember the one they lost.

Thank you


  1. I love the picture you used for your quilt group!! Don't you love those old vintagey photos!! Great idea for using inheirated fabric items and creating them into something useful.


  2. What a nice way to remember a loved one. I've seen a lot of quilts made from clothing but think the tote bags and useable items are even better. An apron might be a nice item to make with a tablecloth.
    At first I thought the ladies in the photo were the group. Lol!

  3. Kathlene, I have really been enjoying your blog and keeping up with what is going on in your life! I love the idea of using memory clothing...what about a doll quilt out of scraps of old dresses? Or a picture mat out of an old apron, with a handwritten recipe and picture of the wearer?
    Becky A.


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