Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A Quilt for Brinley-Blüe

I have been working on a project for the past little while and now that the quilts have been received, I am so happy that I can share them with you.
I have made four memory quilts for 4 children who lost their father last year. Their mother approached me last fall and we have worked together to make these wonderful keepsakes.

The quilts have so much meaning and detail that I decided they each deserve their own blog post so this will be the first of four posts.

Brinley-Blüe is 5 years old, and the youngest of the family.  Her favourite colour is purple.

When I first met with Blüe's mom Nancy, she had separated all of  Kevin's clothes into piles of different colours. This pile had a lot of striped shirts so we added a pair of grey shorts.

just the beginning...
Nancy wanted a different pattern for each quilt. She wanted each one to reflect the personality of the child it was going to.

the completed quilt top
I brought her to our local quilt shop and we had a great time picking out borders, backings and filler fabrics for each quilt.
For Brinley-Blüe's quilt, we added the lovely mauve for the border and I used it for some of the triangles as well.  I also added a grey polka dot and a grey and black print.

Blüe's dad loved to wear Ralph Lauren Polo shirts and Kenneth Cole shirts so I added the tags from the shirts to the patches on the quilt.

I wanted the quilt to have a feminine look to it so I quilted a pattern called Butterfly Vines on it. I love the texture the pattern added to the quilt, and the softness the curves added to the geometric shape of the triangles.

For the backing I used a nice grey polka dot. We liked it so much we decided to use it for the binding as well.
Each quilt also got it's very own personalized label. The label includes the child's name as well as some scriptures, specially picked by Nancy.
Kevin used to sign e-mails and letters: "Here, with a purpose."
Everything was very well thought out and has special meaning. 

the label
The children received their quilts on the 1 year anniversary of their father's passing, along with a beautiful photo book their mother put together. Beautiful keepsakes they will cherish forever.

Stay tuned for the other 3 quilts...


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