Hope this finds all going well for all of you. I have been doing well getting into Pilates classes and working on stuff around the house. The weather here has been gorgeous. We finally got a real spring, which we haven’t had in several years. We spent late last week and weekend doing spring-cleaning and planting of flowers on our lani. It is so nice to have everything clean and fresh again with flowers spilling over pots.

On the work front I have started a new quilt for a West Point graduate. I have done quilts with these uniforms before, including one for my hubby, but this time I am keeping all the uniforms together and making the blocks out of the full fronts, including collars. I certainly like to challenge myself. J I have been taking the uniforms apart this week and it amazes me what all goes into the uniforms they make for the cadets. My husband, who is a graduate, made the comment that it is no wonder they weighed a ton with all the layers they have in them.

The photo above shows the different layers in the full dress uniform jacket. There are three layers under the wool fabric top layer. Two layers of thick woven interfacing and one thin layer of batting type interfacing, When I tell my students they need to debulk their items these uniforms take this step to a whole new level. Some layers you just can’t get rid of like the bottom one here in this photo. With the stitching on top of this layer this will need to stay in or I will loose the decorative stitching on the top. (Shown in the photo below.)

These are just a few examples of the challenges memory quilting can give you. Every quilt and every item that goes in them has the potential to pull you outside your comfort zone. I normally practice on similar items, and highly recommend it to my students and customers, but I really don’t want to practice on my husband’s uniform and there aren’t any in the local thrift shop so what do you do? In a case like this I wing it. I know that sounds scary, but if you take it slowly one step at a time you can do this. I take pictures and notes as I take things apart so if I need to put something back together I can. I seam rip as many seams as possible and not cut so this is possible.

This is definitely a quilt that will have to be specialty quilted.

There are always ways to get around clothes “problems” and put them in your quilts. You just need to be willing to take your time, make a few compromises, and be willing to do some special quilting to make it all work.

Hope this inspires you to think outside your box when designing your next memory quilt.

Happy Spring, Happy Memories,

Trish