Thursday, December 10, 2009

Not just a sweater…

You know how much I enjoy working with wool felt.  Friends are always giving me old wool coats and blazers to cut up, so when Linda from my Hand Quilting group brought me  a wool sweater that she couldn’t use I wasn’t surprised.  When she told me the story behind the sweater I was touched. 

P1040137Linda’s mom had been knitting this sweater when she passed away…this was her final project.  Linda was too upset to deal with the incomplete sweater so she stuffed it into a bag and put it into the closet.  Well the other day she stumbled over the bag and to her dismay the half finished sweater had been attacked by moths….several little holes dotted her mother’s lovely work! P1040139

She took it to a knitting shop and was told no one could salvage it…so I enter the story.  Linda was offering the sweater to me for one of my felting projects.  Driving home that day I realized that there was NO WAY I could cut up Linda’s Mothers last project…I needed to think of a way to turned it into something that Linda could cherish. P1040164

So what do you think?  I washed it and put it into the dryer, mended the holes and then sewed little different sized vintage buttons on to hide the mending. It wasn’t a great job but I don’t think Linda minded.


Linda was thrilled…we got a few tears in our eyes during the exchange.  There is  nothing like hugging a pillow when you’re missing someone…and although it’s not the real thing, if you close your eyes it’s pretty darn close!

So if you can, give your mom a hug today or share a phone call….and don’t forget to tell her how much you love her!

Have a thrilling Thursday and Happy Quilting!


  1. What a lovely thing for you to do.
    This brought a tear to my eyes as well.

  2. You're a wonderful friend - that's delightful.

  3. Oh what a wonderful story...that was so sweet of you to do.

  4. How wonderful of you to do this! I lost my Mom about a year and a half ago. Mom was a champion shopper and every time my sister and I go shopping together we remember some of our fun trips with Mom. We miss her greatly.

  5. Now that was a great idea! Lucky friend.

  6. thats so sweet! and what a wonderful idea for the sweater! I think it turned out beautifully.


  7. Okay, now I have tears in my eyes, too! Linda will have such fond memories of her mother and you both each time she snuggles up to that beautiful pillow. Thanks so much for sharing this story with us. :-)

  8. What a wonderful idea and such a special thing to do for your friend, that is a gift she will truly treasure.


  9. What a lovely thing to do for Linda Paulette...
    Brought a lump to my throat..thinking of my Mum whose been gone for 13 yrs now.
    Julia ♥

  10. What a lovely idea. couldn't just cut up that sweater!

  11. What a lovely pillow and touching story- it was a really sweet way to use the sweater. I love the addition of the vintage buttons-
    It is sometimes hard to figure out how to repair something and keep its beauty- you did it beautifully.
    Thanks for sharing such a lovely story.
    Warmest regards,

  12. That was a lovely thing to do, and the cushion will be treasured forever I'm sure.

  13. Paulette, that is so thoughtful and beautiful! I'm sure you have given her something to treasure the rest of her life!!

  14. It looks lovely and will mean a lot to her in time to come as well!

  15. How clever of you to do something with the sweater and what a treasure you made for your friend to cherish!