"Morning Meditation" detail, made in Spring 2011, A. Ramsey
“Morning Meditation” detail, made in Spring 2011, A. Ramsey

What treasured fabric items have you saved over the years?  This program will show you some patchwork techniques, materials, and examples  of creations  made using hankies, clothing, lace pieces, tea towels, bureau scarves, embroidery, scraps of cloth, and even photographs.  Your mementos, heirlooms, and everyday fabric items can be preserved in a pillow, wall-hanging, or lap-size quilt.

Program length: 2 hours

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A cover made of scraps fits on a spiral-bound journal.
A cover made of scraps fits on a spiral-bound journal.

By using items that have meaning,  something can be created to honor or memorialize a person, an event, or an achievement. The process of commemorating a life might even help grieve a loss and provide comfort.

There is a seemingly endless list of items that can be incorporated into a patchwork made of keepsakes:  a baby’s bib, a cuff from a shirt or dress, lace trim, ribbons, crochet trim, embroidery, a silk necktie, the decoration on a hand towel, a motif on a handkerchief, a monogram from a table napkin, a pillowcase edging, embroidered flowers on a dresser scarf, a child’s hand print on cloth, a scrap of fabric from a piece of clothing, a doll’s dress, a photo or a quote printed on cotton, artwork, doilies, logos from work shirts, gloves, aprons, and on and on.

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Grandmother's Closet
72 inch square lap quilt made from dresses, skirts, scarves, suits, and trousers found in a grandmother’s closet after she passed away. Yes, even the cheetah was on a white wool skirt from the 1960s. There was also a lion and tiger which went into two other quilts. Made by A. Ramsey, 2016.

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The rabbit in the middle of this patchwork block was on a silk scarf that my mother wore in the 1960s. The block will be part of a larger quilt of mementos saved for 50 years.
The rabbit in the middle of this patchwork block was on a silk scarf that my mother wore in the 1960s. The block will be part of a larger quilt of mementos saved for 50 years.

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The photos of my grandmother in the early 1900s are printed on cotton and become the focus of a patchwork wall hanging.
The photos of my grandmother in the early 1900s are printed on cotton and become the focus of a patchwork wall hanging.

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IMG_2405c_1Two blocks made with the same fabrics using different patchwork techniques. IMG_2417c_1

Scraps of a child's fabric from the 1930s are surrounded with scraps of floursack fabrics from the same era, and made into a small quilt.
Playful Pets Doll Quilt – Scraps of a child’s fabric from the 1930s are surrounded with scraps of floursack fabrics from the same era, and the four blocks are made into a small quilt.

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