Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Grandma’s Sweater…

Last month a good friend’s mother passed away.    Her mother was old, almost 90, but that doesn’t matter, a mother is a mother and I don’t think any of us take the loss of a mother very well.

The other day my friend brought me this old Christmas sweater that her mom use to wear EVERY Christmas.  It’s wool she said.  You make things from wool…could I possibly turn this into some Christmas ornaments for her and her two children…to remember Grandma by.  I looked at it…it’s a sweater…not wool fabric…stretchy and sparkly…but I didn’t say this…one look on her grieving face and I knew I had to try something.

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Then from the same bag she pulled out this…a silky gawd awful purple and pink short set…the kind that a Grandma’s would wear in the summer…could I possibly turn this into a pillow for her daughter?

YIKES!!

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How could I say NO?  (This from the person who kept an old flannel nightie of her mother’s…a nightie that after 34 years of missing her mom is now all tattered and worn!)  No, I knew exactly where she was coming from!

So Sunday was the day for (hopefully) transformations to occur!…I started on the short set…sheesh where to start?  Did I mention that it is made from that silky, slippery fabric?

First before I did anything, I needed to stabilize the fabric…so like any good quilter I layered it with cotton backing and sandwiched Warm and Natural batting in the middle and treated it like a quilt~   

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I quilted it together with a wavy line of quilting….

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It was much easier to handle when I had finished quilting it…

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Tah-dah!  Well it’s still purple and pink but at least it’s now a pillow!  P1200870 A pillow that her daughter can hug now and then and think of grandma!P1200872  Now…back to the sweater…I hand washed it in hot water but because of the sequins, I couldn’t felt it in the dryer…so although it shrunk, it was still VERY stretchy!  Heat N Bond Lite to the rescue! 

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Presto!  Three heart shaped ornaments (I kept the shape simple because of the stretchiness)…and considering what I had to work with, I think they turned out pretty darn cute!

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And with the remaining sequined motifs I made a wool penny! 

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Not my usual penny for sure…I am hoping my friend has a framed picture of her mom in her Christmas sweater that she can place on the penny and give it a place of honour… P1200889

Pretty darn cute…

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…and a special way to remember a wonderful mom and grandma! 

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday and Happy Quilting~P

49 comments:

Betty said...

Paulette, you are a true friend, you took the time to make beautiful items for someone who was grieving. Everything turned out lovely.
Betty

marie said...

OMG--Paulette, you are so clever. What a wonderful job you did and they will certainly be loved by the people recieving them.

mtquilter said...

You are so sweet to do this for your friend. My Mom passed away almost a year ago. She lived in a different state and the time we spent there was short and hectic. After I got home I thought about her clothing and making a quilt from the shirts she always wore but by then it was too late because they had been given away. What a wonderful memory your friend and her family will have with the things you have made.

Glynis said...

What a wonderful and caring person you are. Both projects turned out beautiful, you have such great ideas.
I'm sure that they will be treasured forever.

Paula said...

So very creative you are. How lucky your friend is. She will treasure all the wonderful items you made for her. "Mom" will always be remembered. Bless your heart, Paulette.

Joan said...

What wonderful treasures you made, so thoughtful. Your friend will be so happy to have these!!

Phyllis in Minnesota said...

You are my make-do and make-beutiful hero!! Imagine how much they will be appreciated and cherished.

Anonymous said...

I think you made two fabulous projects that will mean so much to the recipients.
Sharon in Victoria

Bev said...

Awww...you are such a great friend! Those items are beautiful and will be treasured keepsakes!

Cheery wave!
Bev

Pieceful said...

utiful!

Terry said...

That was so nice of you and they all turned out great!

Regina said...

Oh very nicely done all the way around. What a special remembrance!

Sandi said...

Nicely done Paulette,

I think you did a lovely job and your friend and her daughter will enjoy them for many years to come.

Quilt Hollow said...

Wow, they are absolutely wonderful...considering what you started with. You are very, very sweet to take this on. You will have gorgeous angel wings someday my friend.

Sunnybec said...

WOW everything is fabulous, how clever, I wouldn't have known where to start. Linda

Dianne Mitzel said...

What a dear friend you are.,the precious momentos from her mom's sweater are wonderful. I lost my son unexpectedly 2 weeks ago, none of us can believe he is gone. It was a sudden, fast illness..If I did not have the promise of knowing I will be with him again, I could not breathe. We were so close, his sister and me. I made him a beautiful quilt for his 4oth birthday, 4 years ago. His wife brought it back to me on the day of his funeral. I will give it to his sister for Christmas. He had bought me something and it is in the quilt, I have not looked, it's too hard to go there yet..This is a walk no mother should have to take. We are not supposed to outlive our precious children.I hope all of you in the quilt family will take a moment to look around your table this Thanksgiving, and be thankful for each loved one there. Last Thanksgiving, I would have never thought one so loved would be gone..

Barbara said...

What a wonderful thing for you to do. How clever to use the sweater to make a penny rug! A perfect use for those sequined designs! I'm sure your friend will treasure these.

Joan said...

Beautiful keepsakes! Great job, Paulette!

Kat said...

What beautiful, treasured gifts you have made. I am sure they will be cherished for many years to come.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

You did a great job! Wow! I am sure they are thrilled.

Brandie said...

Wow! Those turned out great! Wonderful heirlooms.

WoolenSails said...

You really outdid yourself, not only did you take impossible and slightly ugly fabrics but you turned them into something so beautiful. She is going to be thrilled with the items you made, you really put a lot of thought and love into them.

Debbie

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

Fabulous! Love the pillow, but that penny mat is even better. I am going to watch for Christmas sweaters at the local good will and see if I can find one too. You did an outstanding job!

GerryART said...

You've done PERFECTION on both garments

So imaginative
I love 'em ALL

hugs

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh my what wonderful things you have made! I am so glad I am following your blog. You found hope when not many would be able to. If only we could all do that for each other, the world would be a better place. Thank you

Anna said...

you are amazing! give a quilter a challenge and from that gifts of the heart. I love what you created from the sweater...as for the pillow...truly a challenge well met!

Synthia said...

Terrific job, Paulette! You are a champ!!!

Anonymous said...

This made me cry. How sweet you are!
Stewy

diegoagogo said...

What a wonderful gift to give your friend. I think they all look lovely.

Lori said...

Ah Paulette, It looks like I'm not alone that this post about brought me to tears. You did awesome with what you had to work with! More then awesome even!!!

Kathy H said...

What a wonderful treasure you have made for your friend.

Lesley said...

What a doll you are to do this for your friend! And you wowed me with the projects...they will love them!

Pen Pen said...

Oh my word!! I love the penny rug and the ornaments....what a great idea!!! The pillow is precious,too.

Terry said...

You did a great job on the pillow, and the ornaments and penny rug are wonderful!

Tangos Treasures said...

Wow!! I love what you did!! She's gonna cry for sure!!

Kathy MacKie said...

Such a wonderful thing you did P and all crafted into such perfect way to remember a loved one. My heart is very happy after this story.

Teri said...

You are a wonderful friend.....my heart broke for her...what a wonderful thing to do....plus it all turned out so darling...the pillow is beautiful and the penny rug....WOW....I also love the 3 ornaments....way to go...

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

You are so kind, smart, and creative! What a wonderful gift for your friend.

Patti said...

WoW! What lovely finishes! The way you took lemons and lemonade is just wonderful. That penny mat is oh so special and I think they will be thrilled with all of the results. How generous of you to do this for your friend. I am sure that she will never forget it.
Blessings, Patti

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

You are incredible - what a good friend!

Nancy in MT said...

You turned treasured memories into beautiful treasures that will last a life time.

Theresa said...

oh you did such a wonderful thing for your friend and everything turned out so beautifully.

Can't Stop Stitchin said...

Ohhh that is ever such a sweet sweet thing to do for your friend and to share the story with us! thank you! have a wonderful holiday
Godspeed,
mary

moosecraft said...

What wonderful pieces! You've earned your wings this Christmas season! ;-) That penny rug makes me smile!

Janna and Mike said...

Wow, Paulette--I can agree with the person who said, "you've earned your wings this Christmas season!"

loula said...

You are amazing and do beautiful work! I wish you were my friend. She is very lucky indeed!

Sue SA said...

Your a very good friend. What a lovely way to remember a loved one, especially when they were not a quilter.

Cindy said...

Paulette, you've done a beautiful job of making that sweater into some wonderful keepsakes :)

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