Memories to Heirlooms
Memories to Heirlooms
"Ironing and sewing go together like peas and carrots!" At least that is what Forest Gump would have said if he had ever met Coco Chanel. Hee, hee. I like anything that makes the task easier or gives a better result. Here are my top 3!
1. A Good Iron
I like an iron with weight and one that gets hot and steamy. I have been a Rowena snob for years but Mom and I have been using her Black and Decker with good results. Lately, my Panasonic has been my chosen because it is:
2. Wool Ironing Mat
Who knew a thick piece of wool felt could make such a difference.
3. Best Press
This stuff is great. It is easy to use and made well-worn flannel shirt fabric look crisp and new with little effort. I wrote to the company to find out its ingredients and what makes it "Earth and People Friendly". After 3 emails and 2 phone calls they have yet to respond. Makes me go hum, but I do get great results with it.
The right tools can really help you "pump iron" efficiently with great results. PRESS ON!
When Fiona was about 10, I gave her family a jar of quotes with the idea that each day they could unroll one and read it. Some were funny, and some were inspirational—this quote, by Og Mandino, resonated with Fiona. For Christmas that year, she gave me this painting she made. It hung in a prime spot in my kitchen where it could be seen by all who entered.
A few months later, I was inspired to make a husband/study pillow for Fiona and her brother, Patrick. For Patrick, I used Star Wars fabric and lots of Star Wars quotes all over it. For Fiona, I decided to replicate her painting with fabric scraps.
I added a few more quotes for good measure.
"Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love."
I look forward to honoring children's artwork again, perhaps on a project for you! Contact me and we can get started.
What is an heirloom?
Webster's dictionary defines an heirloom as: something of special value handed down from one generation to another. To me an heirloom is something that keeps your loved ones present through their stories.
This is my first "Bearloom" and it whispers memories each time I see it:
From start to finish, my experience with Diane was remarkable. What a kind and caring person. We emailed back and forth and eventually talked on the phone about creating lap quilts out of her father's flannel shirts. Also being the daughter of a perfectionist woodworker, I could relate to Diane and instantly loved her father, as did anyone who met him.
Image from an eBay site.
Everyone knew him as Jeep. When his military buddies learned his middle name was Eugene, they dubbed him Jeep after the character from Popeye, and it stuck.
As a contractor, he spent his days fixing people's homes in his Kakhi pants and a flannel shirt. Even some of his dress shirts were "flannelesk". Diane and I choose to use khaki fabric for the background and flannel and plaid shirts for the design work of the quilts. The goal was for all four quilts to look pretty much the same.
The center of the quilts has a toolbox. The design Diane liked was a downloadable from Joy Kate Designs for machine applique'. It was fun to do this for the first time, and I loved the results!
Making the Blocks
To make each square I:
Cut each into a 6" square
The squares were grouped in patches of 4 and bordered with khaki fabric to mimic Jeep's "uniform."
Getting to the Point
Diane shared with me that her father always had two of the "sharpest pencils in the world" sticking out of his pocket. It was not uncommon for them to stab you when he hugged you. To get to this "point" I HAD to embroider the pencils into the pocket on the back. The pocket from one of his shirts holds the quilt's Story Starter.
Of course I made an ornament for each of Jeep's grandchildren to keep him present each Christmas.
May these quilts and ornaments provide years of comfort and memories of this remarkable man. If you have a special project in mind, Contact me and we can discuss it.
Jean is the owner and designer for Remember When Studio.