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    Default memory quilt ideas

    Good afternoon all. I'm new to the forum and hopefully this is the right place to put my question.

    I want to make a memory quilt for my son who died 107 days ago (not that I'm counting). We don't have any pictures or anything, because he simply arrived too early and we lost him right away. We had a small box engraved with his name and birthday, and his ashes are in there along with his newborn outfit he was supposed to wear home from the hospital, but other than that we really didn't have anything unique to him.

    An applique quilt seems the most obvious but I haven't done any applique before. We also don't have memories to illustrate on the quilt. I just don't know where to start. I have all the fabric ready to go (wonderful baby blues and whites) but am just stuck on a pattern. It seems pointless to just...sew.

    thoughts?

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    You could make a small ( using 5 inch ( charm pack size ) squares.....( maybe using 3 squares across & 3 squares down ) something simple such as nine-patch ( just sewing the 5"x5" squares together )
    What about using clothing that you purchased for your son to make the small quilt.If you don't have any clothing, you might use nursery fabric instead. You could use a white square to write on as well. I would then place the small quilt under the box you described.
    My niece did something similar after the loss of their first daughter. The little urn and the small blanket is on a high shelf in their living room today.

    Not sure if this would help you.......
    Sorry for your loss.
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    I am so sorry for you. Just know that it will get better, just give it some time. redcaboose has a good idea. I don't have any other suggestions. Pat

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    Hi Lisa.....so sorry to hear of you loss.

    What about adding a block or several blocks that have a meaningful poem, quote or bible verse in embroidery.....in colors to match the fabrics that you already have picked out.

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    sorry for your loss ((hugs))

    How about a memory box?

    https://www.pinterest.com/tball111/memory-boxes/

    Just a different idea



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    Here's a link to a special quilt I did for our Bereavement Group here on the forum:

    http://forum.missouriquiltco.com/gro...you-chica.html

    If you would like, send me a private message and I will embroidery the saying for you to add to your memory quilt. My heart goes out to you . . . for many reasons.
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    Thanks, I saw the pictures. They are lovely. It's just so hard to get started. I've only ever "designed" one quilt before and that was simply a gift. This one means more. I also have to remind myself there's no deadline for this project. There's no rush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LMB27472 View Post
    Thanks, I saw the pictures. They are lovely. It's just so hard to get started. I've only ever "designed" one quilt before and that was simply a gift. This one means more. I also have to remind myself there's no deadline for this project. There's no rush.
    Your memories and love will never fade. Even if you only do one single stitch a day, your son will always be loved. My heart breaks for you.
    Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
    it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

    "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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    yeah, we already did a memory box. i'm asking about a quilt now. i'd really like to make him a quilt.

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    How about doves? Either applique doves - here's one from Nancy Zieman or for not-so-literal, a traditional one called Dove in the Window

    I am so sorry for your loss. I think it will be cathartic for you to make this quilt. Lots of people release doves at funerals, symbolic of taking the spirit up to heaven.

    Lots of love and good blessings to you.

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