10 Things to Use In a Memory Quilt

February 06, 2017

Set of 3 Memorial quilts from womens clothingWhat do you do with the clothing when someone you love passes away?  Everyone handles this question differently.  Some people hang onto everything, others may want to donate to Goodwill or other local charities.

When my dad passed early one December morning, my Mom came home from the hospital and started clearing his closet.  She gathered everything up and sent us to donate his clothing to the local men's Mission. (I did manage to grab a few things like the gray wool jacket that I always remembered him wearing while growing up).  While to me, this seemed a little extreme at the time, everyone handles loss in a different way.

Many of my customers tell me that they have kept the closet filled with the clothing for years. They often go to the closet and pull the clothing around their shoulders and try to breathe in the essence of the loved one.  Smell is a strong trigger, and it is normal to try to hang on to that.

Maybe it is your mom who always had a stain on her shirt, or the rip in dad's jeans pocket, or the paint spots that splattered when doing the big remodel project.  Whatever it is that brings up fond memories should be saved and treasured.

When the time comes that you are finally ready to clear the closet, you might be unsure as to what do with those clothes.  A memory or bereavement quilt is a great way to make one - or more - quilts with the clothing.  With as few as 5 or 6 items of clothing, we can make a beautiful remembrance.     The quilts pictured to the left are three quilts made from blouses, nightgowns and slacks. 

Top 10 Things to Include in Your Memory Quilt

    1. Photos printed on fabric in a Memory quiltShirts, Polos, blouses, t-shirts and other tops.
    2. Slacks, blue jeans, plaid shorts
    3. Photos
    4. Bathrobes, towels (hand towels, golf, beach, school etc..)
    5. Blankets (part of a baby blanket, or favorite quilt)
    6. Boxer Shorts  (Yes, we have made a quilt entirely of boxer shorts!!)
    7. Neckties.   MUST be laundered before we can use them, as most are made of silk and have probably only been dry cleaned.
    8. Sweatpants, running shorts, hoodies.
    9. Tech clothing- biking, running etc.
    10. Sweaters, stocking caps

Bricks and mortar Memory quilt, using nightgowns, and blouses
Our rule of thumb, is that "If it can be laundered, we can use it".  If using an item such as silk and linen that might never have been laundered, it is a good idea to throw in the wash before sending it to us.  

When laundering your quilts in the future, fabrics might distort in shape, or the colors 'run'.  By taking a little pre-emptive checking we can avoid that.  We want to make a quilt that you and your loved ones who use and treasure for generations.

Whatever the reason you are considering a Memory quilt, whether it is for the loss of a loved one, or your childs baby clothes.  Whether you are ready now, or think it is going to take just a bit more time.  



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Shadywood Quilts has been in business since 2003.  Let us help you turn your loved ones clothing into a precious memory that will last for generations