When I found myself a single mom during my 30's it was my Aunt Sheila who mentored me after all she had raised her 3 sons quite well basically on her own. I still remember one funny tib-bit of advice from her was that my boys were sure to fight as they were growing up so if they began a fight I was to grab a broom and swoosh them outside and do as she used to tell her son's, "their fights were not to damage anything of mine, just themselves if they insisted on being stupid enough to fight."
Sad to share I lost my Aunt Sheila when she was much too young, 67 years old if I recall correctly. I watched her fight a very strong fight against cancer yet she lost. In our many talks while I was coming to grips with her illness she shared how much she loved her grandchildren and her one regret was that she would not have the time she wanted with her youngest grandchild Ava. Well her little Ava graduated from high school this past June and I KNOW my Aunt would be so proud of the job her son Lou did raising his daughter and even more proud of the wonderful young lady Ava has grown to be. So to honor my Aunt Sheila I designed a special quilt for my cousin Lou to give to his daughter so they could remember all the wonderful times they had as she grew through her childhood years.
So here are photos of my process of creating Ava's memory quilt.
|Quilt top sewn together now ready to quilt on the HQ16|
|Quilting on HQ 16 frame, almost completed working on |
the bottom right corner, a special label with family photos
|Rolling the quilted top off the frame.|
|Almost rolled off frame, you can see the quilt shape.|
|Adding the University t-shirt to the back.|
|Adding University T-shirt to backing.|
|It's almost completed, just need to finish the binding.|
|Here's my label, special family photos along with my message to Ava.|
Isn't my cousin a handsome dad.
|Center focus on front of quilt.|
The yellow piece is part of a nightgown my Aunt Sheila gave Ava.
|One side of quilt.|
|Lou (Daddy) and Ava's (daughter) memories.|
|Ava's memory quilt.|
back in the saddle again
quilt top coming along slowly