Friday, August 29, 2008

Quilt from old clothes at Houston

Before I tell you about the quilt, just had to share this photo. Any knitters out there may remember I posted a photo of this baby kimono that my daughter Jocelyn made last May for a friend's baby. Zoe was born a few weeks ago and looks absolutely adorable in her stylish kimono!

Last night was my quilt guild's annual summer picnic. I happened to sit near Charlene Bremer, a lovely woman who had seen me looking around the parking lot for the building entrance when I first joined the guild 3 years ago, introduced herself, took me in and sat with me. I am still grateful for her kindness. Charlene is also a fabulous quilter. For the first time ever she had submitted a quilt to a big quilt show, and it was accepted! The quilt depicts about 20 appliqued scenes from her daughter and son-in-law's life while they were in the Peace Corps in Mali -- and she used the clothes they wore in Mali to make the quilt. Really something. She had already sent the quilt off to the show, so I only got to see photos, but now I can't wait to see the original. I'm very pleased that Charlene is getting recognition for her wonderful work, and I'm equally happy that a primitive-style, applique quilt made from worn clothing is being shown. What a treasure that quilt will be for her DD and SIL -- memories at every level. I neglected to get the name of the quilt, but I'm sure you can find it under Charlene's name if you're lucky enough to go to Houston.


14 comments:

em's scrapbag said...

Adorable baby. If you can would you try to put some pictures of the Mali quilt on your blog. I won't make it to Houston. But would love to see the quilt.

Catherine said...

What a cute baby!
I'd love to see photos of the quilt too -- hope someone posts some pictures! It sounds absolutely amazing.

Pattie said...

What a cute baby - and a lovely knitted piece! There are such talented people in the world! To make a quilt from clothes worn during a special time in life... what a great idea. It will make a quite a treasure for those kids.

Joyce said...

Cute sweater, adorable baby. What a combo!

Karol-Ann said...

Too cute! And well done Charlene!!!

jillytacy said...

I love the idea of the quilt made from the clothing worn in the Peace Corps. What a great keepsake. The baby is adorable, just look at all that hair! The sweater is very cute too!

Clare said...

I too would love to see a photo of the quilt if at all possible.

Cute sweater.

meggie said...

I love the little baby in the Kimono!
Would love to see the quilt pic, should it be possible.

The Quilting Pirate said...

ahhhhhhhhhhhh too precious!!!

Congrats to your friend!! That is very cool indeed!

Jacquie said...

cute little kimono! and congrats to your friend. what an honor!

Libby said...

Great idea for a memory quilt, and yet another use of salvage fabric, if you choose to look at it that way. Very cool...

Cher said...

adorable baby, adorable kimono! love this story about Charlene's quilt-I hope the show has photos of it-otherwise maybe whenever it comes back to her you may be able to snap a photo. what a wonderful quilt that will be for her family.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I hop eyou will post a photo of that quilt if you get the chance. I would love to see it.

laura west kong said...

Very cute baby! I hope I am lucky enough to see that quilt someday.