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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Remembering Graeme

It is one year today since our friend Graeme passed away.  We certainly miss his company, his friendship, and his pithy sense of humour.  His partner Kathryn misses him greatly too, of course.  To help Kathryn get through this day, the three of us went out to lunch to my favourite local cafe, Figtree.  The weather was wet and miserable outside, but inside the cafe was buzzing, as group after group arrived to settle down for a leisurely lunch.  It was just as well we arrived early to grab ourselves a table.  We two ladies enjoyed corn fritters and bacon, and Robin decided on a bacon and egg croissant, all washed down with tea and coffee.  There was plenty of reminiscing as we ate our very tasty lunches.  Kathryn then came back home with us for another cuppa and yet more chat.  I then presented Kathryn with a gift bag.  “Oh, I know what’s in that”, she said.
DSCF6673   Kathryn guessed what was in the bag
Inside was a memory quilt, made from pieces of Graeme’s shirts and ties.  I had offered to make Kathryn a memory quilt soon after Graeme had passed away, and received a big bag of tee shirts, ties, even a light jacket and a couple of woolly hats.  Now, where shall I start?
DSCF5248 Shirts, tee shirts and a bunch of ties
I needed something extra to tie it all together, and settled on a white print I had in my stash, scattered with small designs in blue and rust.  After a quick look through my ever so handy book, “Around the Block”, by Judy Hopkins, I decided on Sawtooth Star blocks. 
DSCF5252Around the Block book and background fabric
The quilt took several months to construct, as I decided how best to use the available items of clothing.  Using the logos on the front of polo shirts, I cut off pieces and backed the knit fabric with non stretch interfacing to make the centre of the stars.  Graeme’s light navy poplin jacket with the Motorcross emblem became the centre of another star, and further pieces of this jacket was used for the points of several lighter hued stars.  Ties were also backed with interfacing before I cut the pieces out to size. His pale blue dress shirt was cut up and used for the sashing, and I added a peach cotton from my stash as the corner squares.
DSCF6648 A favourite tee shirt, bought at an Island Resort while on holiday
The memory quilt was machine quilted and the binding was navy cotton.  Extra labels were added to a panel on the back, including a piece of a black  jumper featuring an English Football  club logo, a gift from his son Adrian who lives in London.  Also used was the logo from Graeme’s red woolly “Holden” hat.  There are two distinct types of Kiwi blokes in New Zealand, those who love Holden cars, and those who favour the Ford brand.  The pros and cons of both brands have been discussed long and hard at many a caravan rally.  Graeme was a Holden man, through and through!
DSCF6650  Extra labels and tie points on the back of the quilt
I was honoured to make this memory quilt for Kathryn, and especially pleased to be able to give it to her today.  I named the quilt “Remembering Graeme”, and hope she will enjoy cuddling under it on the couch during these chilly winter evenings.
DSCF6677 Jenny and Kathryn
DSCF6647A full view of the quilt


Jan Mac said...

A beautiful memory quilt to treasure. I like the way you managed to incorporate so many different types of fabric.
Hugs, Jan Mac

loulee said...

That's a fantastic quilt and a wonderful gift.

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Jenny

The quilt looks lovely and brings back memories even to me. I am sure Kathryn will love it.

Jodie said...

You are a wonderful friend to have made such a meaningful gift (which is also gorgeous btw). Congratulations on a job very well done. I have no doubt Kathryn is going to cherish it.

Julie said...

Such a wonderful way to honour a friend departed! You have done a magnificent job Jenny,the quilt is beautiful.

Linda said...

Oh so well done, Jenny! You're a true gift to your friends. The quilt is lovely and its memories are special. That "Around the Block" book is also my go-to book when I need a block idea.

smithcat said...

what a beautiful gift, Jenni. You did so well using such a variety of clothing

Katie said...

A wonderful gift. I'm sure it will be well loved.

kcrockshi said...

What a wonderful gift to give a friend.

Adrian said...

Thank you very much Jenny, its gorgeous and I know Kathryn will cherish it.

Adrian and Jo Parker, in London.