Above is my latest quilt – a scrapbook memory quilt – which I made from the clothes and memorabilia of a wonderful husband for his wife. Many of the memory quilts I make have elements of scrapbooks in them, whether they are pictures, favorite momentos, quotes, etc., but a friend of mine actually called it a scrapbook quilt when she saw it. And I realized that it was. Ann sent me four badges, twenty pictures and a number of business cards, plus a number of t-shirts with either small or large logos.
Origin of Scrapbook Idea
Originally Ann wanted one quilt with all memoribilia included but also a landscape picture showing a tree or several of them. I realized right away I couldn’t put them all in one quilt and suggested two separate quilts – a landscape picture in the form of a wall hanging using material from the t-shirts and a throw which contains all the rest of the materials. Ann agreed. It is pretty obvious that the man who is being honored was a man who loved trees, a professional arborist and a Christmas tree farm owner.
Love of Trees
Every bit of memorabilia in the scrapbook memory quilt has some relationship to trees. I loved the rich green t-shirts and the light blue t-shirt, stating “Trees are the Answer”. But my favorite t-shirt was a black t-shirt adorned on both sides with seven colorful leaves.
For the backing, I chose a colorful extra wide backing from Backside Fabrics which mirrors the colors in the leaves above, but is cheerful and playful as well.