Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Emotionally Invested Quilting

     I'm not sure if I'm a breed apart or as some would say, a little off kilter, but I have a knack for remembering sometimes useless information.  Hubby calls me a fountain of useless information.  (He rolls his eyes when I tell him during baseball season what each Cubs pitcher's win/loss record is, but I giggle when I do it!)  But as I go through my scraps and even bigger pieces of leftover fabric, I can tell you why I bought the fabric and who I made the quilt for and why.  I look at some baby zoo fabric scraps and can tell you that it was from the first quilt that I ever made for a friends first baby.  There is some lavenders and purples in my stash and I know that is from a dear friends wedding quilt.  The list goes on and on.

Kim and Matt's wedding quilt

     When I stop to think how my quilts have celebrated so many milestones for those that I care about and choose to share my meager talents with, I have to pause for a moment in slight awe.  Our quilts celebrate babies, birthdays, anniversaries and graduations.  They give comfort to those that are sick and families in mourning.  What better way to show those we care for than that.
     I made my mother in law a quilt about 5 years ago after she had hip surgery.  I know she treasured that quilt.  She passed away last week.  What to do with the quilt that she loved?  What better tribute to her than to share that quilt with others.  So in her spirit, I gave it to the ICU where she spent the last 3 days of her life to give comfort to others in their time of need.

My Mother in Law's quilt

     Many of the quilts I am working on now are what I refer to as homeless quilts.  I have no one in mind when I'm making them, but I am now giving those homeless quilts to hospice here in town and to the ICU where mom was in WI.  They are filled with scraps of memories from the celebrations in life.  Those baby quilts, birthday, graduations, anniversaries etc., will now be giving comfort to those that need it most.  I suppose that it's fitting that quilts are there at the beginning of our lives, through our lives and at the end too.  Life is a series of celebrations and I intend to quilt them all!!!  
Homeless Quilt that found a home with Hospice of Dubuque


  1. I'm sure your DMIL is applauding your decision to share her quilt with individuals in the ICU. It's a way for her to 'pay it forward'. As for you, Melzee- you will continue to do what you do best: celebrate life by sharing your quilting talent with others. You are a generous soul with a big heart!

  2. Melzee what a wonderful way to honor your DMIL memory.

  3. I so agree with Iowa... it is a wonderful way to honor your mother in law. And, I love the calling quilts homeless. I keep making them some I just keep because I like them and others stay where they are until needed. Some are donations -- planned from the very beginning.

  4. I love this quilt and I admire your homeless quilt idea.. I have lots of quilts I want to make but don't seem to get around to it unless I have a reason and have to do it... This is the perfect reason!

  5. What fun for me to do a google image search for my pattern, Seattle Streets, and see your hospice quilt! This is the first one I've seen with all the blocks oriented the same way, and I really like it!


  6. I love the one that went to Hospice of Dubuque. It's really lit up so well in that photo! I've pinned it to my "Quilty Goodness" board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you'd like: