Handmade Gifts Begin With Love

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Reader Lillian Clements made this stunning wall hanging for her son.
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This T-shirt quilt for her granddaughter is just one of the several reader Susan Walter has made.

Wall Hanging is Stunning

A couple of years ago, while at a craft store, I came across a fabric that featured a moose head. As soon as I saw it, I pictured it cut up and put back together as an “attic window” quilt, which I would turn into a wall hanging, and which would be the perfect gift for my son.

I cut out the moose’s head, cut the fabric into squares, built the attic window, then appliquéed the moose head, some flowers and a puppy onto the wall quilt. Then I quilted it, mostly with a machine, although some things had to be done by hand.

I have been a quilter for many years and have made many quilts, but this one is the one I am most proud of.

Lillian Clements lives in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and, in addition to quilting, enjoys vegetable and flower gardening.

Quilt Surrounds You in Memories

The first memory quilt I made was for a granddaughter. It was made out of T-shirts and sweatshirts she had worn from the time she was 2 until she graduated from high school. The shirts had logos from different sports and activities in which she had participated. There were so many shirts, I made her two quilts.

The next quilt I made was for my son, Michael, using shirts with basketball and running competition logos. Several grandsons also got memory quilts – all made with shirts featuring logos for ice hockey, basketball, baseball, soccer, marathons, art and plays.

There’s no better way to keep cozy and warm than to wrap yourself up in a quilt of memories.

Susan Walter has made numerous memory quilts at her home in St. Joseph, Missouri, and each time she makes one, she reflects on the activities and achievements of family and friends.