Today I want to share with you a fabulous way to preserve memories, especially if you have a ton of t-shirts or jerseys just laying around taking up drawer or storage space: A Memory Quilt. This one is designed around the shape and design of Polaroid photos!
It appears I am a real sentimentalist. Perhaps a bit more than others. Since I began blogging here at Nicer Than New, I have had a few posts about preserving memories and memorabilia. The first was called “The Memory Keeper” back in May. In it, I related how 5 amazing kids grew up on my little court and are now all in university. I was always the neighbourhood photographer. They always knew I would have a camera in hand to record their shared events.
The next entry also had to do with photographs when I asked “Are Photo Albums a Thing of the Past?” I sure hope not but I will keep filing pictures away in hopes the next generation will appreciate the effort.
I also shared a Photoshop creation of my daughter in a ballet pose. I made it look like an oil painting and printed it on stretched canvas. A most treasured creation.
My 18 year old daughter has grown up in the digital age. Memories are shared instantaneously and then left out there in cyber-world. Lovely Miss Nice danced on a competitive dance team for 12 years, performed in small plays, public speaking events and many other activities where you get a T-shirt. They were all stuffed in a drawer. We also still have team track suits, bits of costumes etc.
Knowing she was off to university last September, I wanted to send her with some cozy piece of memorabilia to remember her pre-uni days.
My lovely niece, Sheilagh (yes, we are of Irish decent!), who loves to quilt agreed to help me out. By day, she is a commercial interior designer so of course I left the design up to her. She had always wanted to try a Polaroid design and I agreed.
Be sure to visit her blog: Lay it on Me Baby and check out her post on this design. Be sure to look at all her GORGEOUS designs! BTW: Isn’t that the best blog name for someone who started out making Baby Quilts! Love it!
Memory Quilt: Polaroid Style
I raided Miss Nice’s room to dig out t-shirts and other stuff we have both stashed away over the years… Montessori pre-school t-shirt, dance competition t-shirts, her dance team track suit, t-shirts from voluteer activities including her trip to the Philippines and swatches for dance competition costumes to name a few.
I did not tell Miss Nice of our plan. My niece lives in London, Ontario which is a couple hours drive from Toronto. When I delivered to her the fabulous Mid-Century coffee table I refinished for her last spring, I also passed on a garbage bag full of all the t-shirts etc. Miss Nice was with me and had no idea!
I asked for a “throw” sized quilt and I wanted one side to be a soft “Minky” type of fabric.
The end result is so fun and quite artistic. Since each piece is small, she “cropped” the t-shirt in some interesting ways. Others may not know the significance but Miss Nice does.
Here are a few:
They had a t-shirt they wore on school excursions. Yup! I saved it!
Dance Studio Track Suit
NBA Raptors Mini Dance Pack
This was so much fun for her and her best friend to be selected to be part of this team when she was 10 or 11. Yes, she danced on the basketball floor at quarter time! Funnily, to this day, she has NO CLUE about basketball!
Swatch from her School Uniform
Miss Nice attended a designated Arts School for 6 years. She owned only ONE KILT for all that time. No regrets having that thing cut up!
Swatch from Summer Camp Hat
Miss Nice attended the Centauri Summer Arts Camp four summers. If your child is interested in the arts and you want to give them an amazing experience with professionals in their fields, be sure to check out their website. If you go the the Musical Theater page, Miss Nice is pictured in the banner. In summer of 2016, she hopes to be a counselor there.
Service Trip to the Philippines
When Miss Nice was in Grade 11, over her Christmas break, she traveled with a group of students and teachers to assist in building houses and working with kids in the slums of Manila. It was rewarding and life changing.
Beyond the very clever design, you can see in the photos the intricate stitching Sheilagh used. Working with t-shirt material was a bit tricky but we think the end result is PERFECT: A cozy back with all sorts of special memories on the front.
What a lucky girl!
What do you do with t-shirt and other textile memorabilia?
Ever thought of having a quilt made?
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