Monday, November 10, 2014

Garden Fence Memory Quilt - Finished

Wow. I didn't mean to be gone quite this long from here. There have been lots of happenings lately. In addition to finishing this quilt, I taught a class for the first time in a long time and decided that a major redo of my sewing space was in order. More on that later. Today is a day for sharing a quilt finish. Don't you just love that feeling of finishing a big project? This is one of those kinds of projects.

All of the fabric on this quilt top, except for the white background, comes from clothing. There are shirts and pajama pants, bathrobes, and maybe even some underwear in the mix. Almost all of them are manly plaids, which is not something I would normally be drawn to for a quilt. It is interesting the lessons learned from each and every project in life. These plaids, that were worn by a special man, come together beautifully in color, scale, and texture. The quilt is also extra soft and warm since the fabric is not crisp and new. I love the result.

There were a few extra blocks which were incorporated on the back.

And a very special label was created.

The quilting was all done with Aurifil 50 weight thread in cream (#2000). Three rows with a walking foot on the sashing between each block anchor them. Then two free motion designs were alternated on the blocks. The flowerish design is in direct tribute to the man this quilt was designed to honor. He was an avid gardener.

The binding is scrappy, again all from clothing, and attached by machine.

The binding might be my favorite part of this quilt. All of that plaid and warm colors just says "wrap yourself up in me".

This quilt will be delivered to its owner tomorrow. I am certain, more than any other quilt I have ever made, that this quilt will be loved for years to come.

For other blog entries related to this quilt, see:
A Memory Quilt: Deciding on a Design
Garden Fence Quilt Beginnings
Garden Fence Memory Quilt - Steps of Progress


  1. This is so beautiful! You do beautiful work!

  2. I'm planning to make a rag quilt out of a friend's dad's pjs. As I was helping her pack everything up in his room, I asked for them since she was going to donate them.

  3. This is Amazing!! I know his loved ones are so grateful!!!

  4. What a beautiful remembrance quilt for the family of Mr. Sloan. You have honored the Lord with the talents for which He has so graciously blessed you. Thank you for sharing.

  5. The Garden Fence quilt you made to honor the memory of my husband, was a special blessing to me on this first Christmas without him in 64 years. Words cannot express how much it meant to me. May you continue to bless others with your creative talents just as I was blessed. Thank you so very much. Merle Sloan

  6. Here is a great project where you can section off your fencing, and over time, only replace the sections that are worn down, as opposed to having to replace the whole thing, or doing any fancy fence mending. metal fence panels


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