Monday, October 2, 2017

One Monthly Goal, October 2017: Stella's Memory Quilt


Do you ever have the prospect of a quilt completely overwhelm you? My One Monthly Goal is one of those quilts. I don't know why some quilts come together so quickly they seem to make themselves while others have to stew and ruminate for months and years before the perfect pattern presents itself. Stella's Memory Quilt is such a precious quilt that my fear of messing it up has prevented me from starting. It's been so long that I am mortified to admit how long it has been.

I made a tee-shirt memory quilt before, and I had the same hesitation about starting because I was afraid of ruining one of Curt's shirts. Once I got started, it went quickly and I love the way it turned out. I know I can do this!


My September OMG is to make another memory quilt. This time for the mama of a sweet little girl who died unexpectedly on her birth day. My friend gave me some of Stella's onesies with the hope that I would make her a memory quilt. In addition to another round of fear of ruining something so precious and irreplaceable, I have been stuck on how to use the onesies while keeping them intact. I want Mom to be able to visualize the size and shape of her baby girl, so I really didn't want to cut the onesies up into squares. 

I have drawn up at least 15 designs, but haven't felt really inspired by any of them. Then I came across this quilt by Journey Back Custom Quilts and think I have found my winner.

Source: Journey Back Custom Quilts
I like that the outfits are intact, and the star theme is perfect because Stella means star. 

My working version looks like this:


The black print has butterflies on it, which are significant to Mom and are also a symbol of infant loss.

The pink print, which I bought just after I received the onesies, is by Dear Stella, and features little stars. 

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss awareness month. I can't think of a better way to commemorate this month that to finally finish this quilt for Stella's mom.



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9 comments:

  1. A sweet quilt but must be a tough one to make. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

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  2. So sad but so beautiful - what a perfect little quilt.
    xx

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  3. Sweet looking quilt, I am sure it will be cherished. Must be a hard one to make.
    love your MSU quilt....GO Green!

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  4. What a challenge to make such a special quilt. Your MSU quilt is great. I love how you mixed piecing and the t shirt quilts.

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  5. I think you've found the perfect idea. This will make a perfect quilt for Mom. Thank you for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  6. You have found the perfect design and the perfect fabrics. You are not going to ruin anything. I know it will be priceless to Stella's mother. The butterflies are also hearts, so that makes it an even better choice. You will finish that this month!

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  7. The design you came up with is perfect for those sweet onesies, and I'm sure Momma will appreciate your thoughtfulness in keeping them in one piece. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to tackle this project. Good luck on reaching your goal of finishing the quilt this month!

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  8. That is such a sweet design for this quilt. I am sure the mother will cherish the quilt.

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  9. I understand your trepidation. I am dealing with the same on a quilt from a father's ties. Your working plan looks good. You CAN do this!!!

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