It’s time to reveal the finished memory quilt! It took me months of standing and staring, calculations, deep breaths, and actual sewing time to create this special quilt. This isn’t a show-stopper, or a ribbon winner. Initially, I rolled my eyes in despair at the mix of fabric prints I had to work with. I admit to saying some not nice words when I had to completely re-make those Basket blocks.
However, in the end, I believe that I created the best quilt that these fabrics–unrelated by color,theme,scale,print– could be. The lesson I learned? The fabrics might not have been pulled from a quilt shop, they might not have been designed as a fancy collection to be shown off in a glossy magazine. But they were chosen with love by a grandmother for her beloved granddaughters. The dresses were kept and cared for by a mother, and entrusted to me to create a gift that would bring the fabrics full circle back to the grandmother, as a special gift of the heart on her special day: