Treasured Memory Quilt

August 20, 2007

We also make beautiful T-Shirt quilts to commemorate important events or a person’s life.

The quilt above shows our standard size:  twelve 14″ squares set against a black background.  We charge $250 for this quilt.  Price includes Priority Mail and Insurance to ship it back to you.

We can also handle quote requests.  Let us know if you would like a larger or smaller quilt and we’ll quote a price.

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This was the second dog we made out of our Treasured Memory Bear pattern.

A good friend and his wife had to put their dog to sleep just before Christmas.  And while he knew he couldn’t get her another dog as a gift (they’d discussed it and decided to wait a while) he wanted to do something that acknowledged their loss.

So we made this dog out of several important fabrics:
   The green and blue plaid is fabric from the dog’s bed.
   The fabric for the paws is from the dog’s blanket.
   The tapestry fabric with the writing is from a pillow that the dog carried around.

Then we attached his leash and he gave the dog to his wife for Christmas.

Bear for a Young Man

August 20, 2007

 A family sent us these cherished shirts that had been favorites of a young man who died suddenly.

The family wanted something to commemorate his life and comfort his mother and grandmother who were, understandably, quite distraught.

We used two of his shirts to create the beautiful bear shown here.  We preserved the printing on the shirt by making only one arm and leg out of the blue fabric.

Military Dog

August 20, 2007

We adjusted our pattern to make this dog.

A young Marine asked us to make a bear out of one of his duty jackets, so his girlfriend would have something to cuddle while he was in a warzone.

She loved it so much that she doused it in his cologne and slept with it every night until he returned from his tour in Iraq.

These bears were made for a client out-of-state.

The multicolor bear was made from a cherished bathrobe.

The blue bar was made from a tourist shirt.  The printed part of the shirt (which features a row of adirondack chairs over a town name) was removed, placed on an angle and appliqued onto the bear’s torso.

Suit and Tie Bears

August 20, 2007

These bears were made from a wool jacket and a tie.

Notice how the placement of the eyes and nose change the look of the bear completely?

Each also features pockets from the original garment.

These were also the first bears we made that didn’t get mouths.  While our early bears got mouths, we decided to leave them off of future bears.

 

This is one of the earliest bears we made.  A gentleman from California ordered it as a gift to his wife.

Created from a very elegant nightgown that belonged to his mother-in-law, this bear has pretty, laced ears and two incorporated pockets.

This is one of the few bears we’ve made that has a mouth.  We often leave the mouth off to signify that the person commemorated is deceased.

AdSizzle Bear

August 20, 2007

This bear was made to commemorate a company!

AdSizzle Marketing is a multimedia ad company based in Florida.

They wanted a bear made from one of their company polo shirts.  Notice that we gave this bear cartoony eyes, attached a metal “AdSizzle” pin to his ear and repurposed the collar as a sort of cheststrap.

This bear is a good example of what we can do with even just one piece of solid-color clothing.

Nightgown Bears

August 20, 2007

A woman called me because she wanted to commemorate her mother, who had recently passed away.

Since there were six children, she wanted to give a bear to each.

The only problem was that her mother had only worn nightgowns during the last few years of her life.  Could we use them to make bears?

Of course!  We even made her a special (free) pillow out of the leftover scraps.

Her family loved them!

Bonnie’s Bears

August 17, 2007

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Bonnie’s husband, John, died a few years ago.  For Christmas 2006, she decided to have bears made for each of her four step-daughters.

Here’s Bonnie with two of the four bears we made.

Later, we added a fifth bear (for her) and a quilt made from John’s golf shirts.

Brown Bear

August 17, 2007

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This bear was made from the clothes of a man who passed away in his early 40’s.

The bear was a gift to his 12-year old daughter, as a keepsake and a way to hold onto some cherished clothing her father wore.