Okay this is going to sound very silly, but this blog post is designed to jog my memory about my ideas for a memory quilt. Yep you got it - a reminder about memory. See, I'm not likely to remember all my crazy brainstorming when it comes time to make this quilt. If I write it down, it's likely to get lost - possibly into the kids' toybox which is a veritable black hole. So here it is. Brainstorm vomit on my blog so I can come back later when it's time to make the quilt and I can remember all these great/crazy ideas and of course add to it as time goes on!
And of course, blogs being quite public, I would love if you had suggestions or ideas on memory quilts or even better, links to some you have made yourself! And if this whole idea completely bores you, I don't mind if you skip this post entirely. I'm hardly going to know if you do am I? :)
So this memory quilt. It's for my grandmother's 90th birthday in March next year. Quite a bit of time to plan. Right now I have a few ideas, and that's about it.
Crazy idea #1 - A family tree central panel.
Maybe like one of those beautiful applique trees from Don't Look Now with family member names embroidered on the leaves. Argh that's already making me cringe with the idea of the amount of work involved.
Alternative... a digital file of a family tree that I can print straight onto fabric. Pretty design or something like this Rose Blossom Tree from Uniquely Grown. Super pretty looking, super cheatery in terms of quilting.
Crazy Idea #2 - Letters
Script fabrics are so in right now. And have really inspired me. My grandfather had the most beautiful handwriting. I'm thinking of maybe using segments from letters he wrote to my grandmother during the war years on the quilt. Printed onto fabric obviously!
Crazy Idea #3 - A pieced back
Have rellies and friends all over the world sign or write a message on a square of fabric. Or maybe their favourite memory of Nan? Then all those squares (possibly in shades of green - Nan's favourite colour) can be sewn together to form the back. If not doing this for the quilt, definitely should think about doing it as letters. And probably soon to make sure we get the fabric/letters back with plenty of time to organise them!
Crazy Idea #4 - Photos. Duh.
Of course I'd want to include photos. I think all in black and white would look lovely. This is going to be an expensive quilt with all that printable fabric I'm going to need.
Crazy idea #5 - Newspaper
Okay this is a really wacky idea. But how awesome would it be to get a copy of a newspaper from the day Nan was born and use printed segments in the quilt. I know there's some website somewhere around that does these things as a bit of a novelty gift. ETA: holy crap this wasn't such a crazy idea. I can find some 1923 newspapers online with only a tiny bit of googlefu. And free!
That's it. That's all I've got so far. I want to make this good. Not just for Nan but for me too. Yep, entirely selfish motives. This quilt's going to be mine someday (damned if I'll let one of those crazy relatives get their hands on it) and I want it to be a beautiful family heirloom that I can share with my kids, and their kids and so on until it falls to pieces. Or the zombie apocalypse happens. Whatever comes first.
So if you've made it this far through my ramblings (and this uncharacteristically picture-less post), first let me applaud you, and second, please feel free to leave comments on ideas, links, or simply telling me you didn't bother to read this post. That last one would make me laugh. ;)