February 3 ~ Quilt of the Day

on February 3 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 93 Comments

Passage Quilt
By Sherri, Passage Quilts

Sherri writes, “As part of my studio practice I work with people who are grieving and in transition to make functional improvisational quilts from the clothing of the deceased. This quilt was made in memory of my grandmother, Georgia Marie Wood (1917 – 2003), from her housecoats, Sunday dresses, and golf shirts.”

Sherri adds she does consultations, private commissions and facilitates this process for groups and guilds nationally. You can learn more via her website, Passage Quilts.

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93 Responses to February 3 ~ Quilt of the Day

  1. Amanda says:

    I really like this idea. There is something comforting about a quilt anyway, but to have it be a remembrance of a loved one would make it so much more special. And this quilt is beautiful. I think the red really tells a lot about the woman who wore the clothes!

  2. Emma says:

    What a beautiful quilt! And a special way to remember a loved one.

  3. Oh what a neat & sweet idea…

  4. Melissa says:

    I love this quilt and the meaning behind it

  5. tamara says:

    What a lovely idea.!!

  6. Lisa K says:

    I love this idea. What a great way to spend time respecting those who have gone before us.

  7. Lisa C says:

    I have a crocheted blanket from my grandma. It feels like a hug when I use it. Memory quilts are such a good way to help someone with the hearling process.

  8. Ashley says:

    I love that! It is sort of shabby chic.

  9. Elaine says:

    What a great idea! These remindme of the quilts of Ghees Bends and how they would do the same, when someone they loved died, they would create memory quilts from their clothing.
    God bless,
    Elaine

  10. Dawn says:

    I think that this is a wonderful thing to do so that you always have a little bit of the person you’ve lost to cuddle with. It’s like they can still be there to hug and comfort you!

  11. Thank you for featuring my quilt on your blog this month it has been very moving for me to read all of the wonderful comments. I’m glad the work is an inspiration to so many.

  12. Andrea says:

    I really like how all the colors come together in this. It sort of reminds me of the old scrap rugs around my grandma’s house.

  13. Lori says:

    I love the look of that quilt. And love even more the sentimental value.

  14. Mellissa says:

    Beautiful idea! That is a great way to help keep loved ones close even after they are gone.

  15. froghair says:

    lovely, both in sentiment and in excecution.

  16. Katie says:

    That’s a neat idea. When my Grampa passed away one of his most often worn sweaters was made into a teddy bear. I like the idea of a passage quilt. I think it would be hard to clean out the closet.

  17. HHH says:

    great idea…very healing for sewers

  18. Kelly says:

    My Grandmother always made her quilts with recycled clothes.
    Lovely idea!

  19. Sandy says:

    This is a great idea! My grandmother made a quilt for her and my grandfather’s bed that was made using 4 inch squares cut from their other clothes. As a kid I loved looking through the quilt for fabric I could remember them wearing. I have no idea what happened to that quilt. It probably got worn out.

  20. MIchelle says:

    Love the color combo. Great idea to remember you love ones by!

  21. Judy says:

    A lovely family keepsake to pass along to new quilters in the family

  22. AINHOA says:

    Love it!!

  23. Carol says:

    We often get people on the shop who have never quilted before, but who come in with their loved one’s clothes and know they want to make some sort of quilt out of them. One woman made all her children quilts out of their father’s button-down shirts. Another young woman made a t-shirt quilt from her brother’s football and high school t-shirts. And five sisters and a brother all made throw quilts from their mother’s house dresses. They all turned out great and you can tell the process of making the quilts really helps them.

  24. Olga says:

    The idea is just great, we can make a very special quilt, thank you for it.

  25. Kelly says:

    I love this – and would LOVE to win a bundle of fat quarters! :)

  26. Jennifer says:

    That is an amazing quilt, both aesthetically and in concept.

  27. Rachel says:

    When my dad suddenly died a few years ago I snuck into the boxes of his clothing that my mom was giving away to charity and took out all his work shirts. The happiest moment of the day was when he got home from work and all four kids ran to the door for hugs and kisses (I HAVE checked with my stay-at-home mom, and she says she was never short on hugs and kisses so she wasn’t jealous that was showered dad with so much attention—whew!). So, I have a box filled with striped and solid button down shirts, and I can’t want to explore this website to find ideas for making my momma a memory quilt…though it’ll be hard since I am a college student living at home and mom’s always checking out my newest sewing projects!!!

  28. Elizabeth says:

    What a wonderful idea. For any relative, but especially those who have sewn or quilted themselves, what a sentimental process and end-product.

  29. Jodie says:

    Wonderful project idea!! Thank you.

  30. Stacy T says:

    What a great memory to have around!! :D

  31. Missy says:

    What a special heirloom! That is a great way to remember someone and keep them close.

  32. Diana Adams says:

    What a wonderful Idea. My mom jst passed on 2 weeks ago, I can bear to clean out her room here, well now maybe I can knowing I can make something of it. Thanks so very much, Diana
    http://www.Sewing-Notions.com

  33. Stephanie says:

    This is absolutely beautiful. I think this is the essence of quilting. What a fantastic idea. I agree… I thought it was gorgeous even before I read it. Artistic and thoughtful = perfect!

  34. Jacquie says:

    The healing power of a quilt….a blessing.

  35. annie says:

    way cool! i love this idea. and such a pretty quilt, too!

  36. Deb says:

    How very special and what memories will always be brought forth when using and seeing this quilt.

  37. Libby says:

    what an extraordinary idea.

  38. Heather K. says:

    While I hope that I won’t be needing to for a long time, I think that I could make one of these.

  39. Violet says:

    This is a beautiful idea.
    -violet

  40. Lynn says:

    I have a large bag of ties that belonged to my father-in-law. I want to make a few small quilts from them for the family.

  41. Shelley says:

    I love that idea, and what a beautiful quilt! I should turn some of my kids clothes into a quilt for them…..hmmmm…..you’ve got me thinking!

  42. NIKOLE says:

    what a beautiful idea and a beautiful quilt. love this idea.

  43. Cheryl Peters says:

    I love that thought and that makes that quilt all the more special in my eyes. I liked it before I read the story on it. It’s original. Thanks for sharing it.

  44. min says:

    Love this idea. Thanks

  45. jen says:

    ohhh an expressive arts quilt! Right up my alley!

  46. Wendy says:

    I love this idea.

  47. Lil' d says:

    A really lovely idea.

  48. Jody says:

    Wow, what an amazing and touching idea!

  49. Red says:

    What a touching way to remember someone.

  50. Jessica says:

    What a beautiful sentiment and loving way to commemorate a family member. Beautiful quilt!

  51. Carrie says:

    What a beautiful story behind this quilt. I love the idea of making “memory” quilts. I have saved special clothing from my babies with the hopes to oneday make a quilt as they get older to remember all those sweet baby times. I also had a friend who had a quilt made from her father’t tie collection after he passed away that was just beautiful and such a lovely rememberace.

  52. Regina says:

    This is such a special thing.

  53. Stacy says:

    What a great way to still get a warm hug from someone you have lost.

  54. Jane says:

    This is such a terriffic idea. Thanks for posting it.

  55. trishia says:

    Beautiful. I have a full bag of my grandmothers clothing. A lady here does teddy bears with them, but I couldn’t bring myself to give her the clothing for it… a teddy bear has nothing to do with my memories of my grandmother. A quilt on the other hand, would be a gorgeous tribute to her. Thank you!

  56. i’m in love with this quilt. and the idea.

  57. alison says:

    That is a georgeous quilt. What a great idea.

  58. Megan says:

    Beautiful. Such a sweet idea.

  59. Alicia says:

    What a great remembrance quilt!

  60. Sara Hemmeke says:

    I did something similar when my father in law passed away a few years ago. He left many young grandchildren who had difficulty saying goodby to Grandpa. They all remember visiting the rabbits he raised, so I cut up his old flannel workshirts and made big cuddly rabbits for each grandchild. Now they can recall a bit of the feel and smells of Grandpa’s hugs after coming in from the chores everytime they hug their own rabbit.

  61. Sam VanDerPuy says:

    this is such a beautiful idea. Clothing can so represent who a person is. I can’t think of a better way to fondly remember someone than by wrapping yourself in a quilt of “them” every once in a while. very good share!!!

  62. Amber says:

    This is so wonderful…what a beautiful way to use quilting!

  63. shannon says:

    This is a beautiful quilt. I love the idea of using clothing to make quilts. After my Dad passed away my Mom made me some really cute pillows out of my Dad’s shirts.

  64. Michele says:

    This is such a wonderful & beautiful way to remember the ones you love!

  65. Christie says:

    oh so nice

  66. Nada says:

    what a sweet idea!

  67. Claudia~L says:

    I love the idea of having something close to you to snuggle that reminds you of your loved one.
    Thanks for sharing…

  68. amelia says:

    the reds and teals in this are so inspiring to me right now, holding out for spring. when i see things like this, i am so curious about the person the clothing belonged to. how wonderful!

  69. Teddi says:

    Amazing! – I don’t have anything from the past to use for something like this but having seen this quilt now I have something to think about for the future. What a treasure and thank you for sharing it!

  70. Kristin says:

    Oh, you choked me up. I wish I had same some of Grandma’s clothes. Beautiful idea.

  71. sandra says:

    That is beautiful and such a good idea!

  72. Tex says:

    What a wonderful idea! It’s comforting to look at as well as to wrap up in.

  73. renee says:

    what a great idea! it would be fun to do this with baby clothes i think.

  74. Julia D says:

    This is so beautiful. What a lovely keepsake/heirloom!

  75. Annette Samborski says:

    What better way is there to honour a family/friend than with a quilt that you can snuggle with. Thanks for sharing this terrific idea.

  76. Sarah says:

    What a fantastic idea. My dad just passed away ~6 months ago, maybe I can get some of his flannel shirts and make a Dad quilt to cuddle when I’m missing him especially badly.

  77. etk says:

    That is a really nice way to remember those who have passed.

  78. Joan says:

    What a wonderful way to remember a loved one. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful quilt.

  79. Allison says:

    What a neat idea.

  80. Lisa says:

    I love that she made the quilt from scraps of her grandmother’s housecoats, dresses, and father’s gold shirts! It’s a beautiful quilt.

  81. tammie says:

    what a sweet way to remember someone. thanks for sharing.

  82. Louisa says:

    What a great idea. Thanks for sharing that link.

  83. It´s wonderful how healing can be this process of working on a handmade piece. I know it, because I´ve been through this when my husband died and that is one of the reasons that I like to teach people in the same condition, or in depression. Great work!

  84. MdG says:

    That is lovely. I think that it would be a wonderful project to do with children who lose a close relative. A way to keep the person close.

  85. love it!!!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

  86. Wow this one is great! What a great way for someone’s legacy to live on! What a neat practise.

  87. Mom2fur says:

    What a beautiful idea Sherri has! I can imagine the stories that can be told about each piece of that awesome quilt. I can’t think of a nicer way to remember a beloved familiy member.

  88. Amy says:

    How timely this is. A friend of mine’s brother died on Wednesday. I’m going to share this with her. Thank you so much.

  89. Barb Anderson says:

    As a hospice volunteer, I know the advantages of creating such a quilt! A beautiful tribute!

  90. terri moore says:

    the 5 steps listed in the process of making these quilts (on the passage quilts website) are so beautiful, they made me cry…the meditation, prayer, consolation and transformation steps especially…

    what a wonderful, truly healing memory sherri is teaching others! all i can say is, wow…and thank you for sharing…

  91. shaz says:

    What a gorgeous way to remember someone! I have a stack of favourite outfits from my daughters first few years with a quilt in mind.

  92. sara says:

    Such a beautiful idea! And the result is beautiful as well. I’m not really into quilts so I didn’t think I would find much inspiration in this month’s entries but this is lovely and poetic and it makes me happy to look at.

  93. Katharina says:

    this is such an amazing idea.
    i remember having read in a novel about something similar. that was years ago and still it’s in my head. the diashow linked on sherris site looks like a fantastic event. it looks like stories to listen to and bursting creativity in a group of like-minded people.
    it really touches something in me. luckily i don’t have anyone to grief for at the moment. i hope to remember this when the time comes.
    thanks for this inspiring blog!

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