Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wonderful memory quilt from Nancy Noodle...

Nancy from Nancy Noodle made this wonderful quilt in memory of her Uncle. The details that went into all the embroideries is amazing! What a great gift to give to the family who lost their father and husband.  Be sure to visit her blog, and she has a cute etsy shop as well...

Quilt of Shaun
My final post of 2011 is dedicated to a quilt that has taken me most of the year to complete. I first envisioned a quilt dedicated to my uncle Shaun a little over a year ago. In October 2010 he passed away suddenly, leaving my aunt and her 3 kids heartbroken.
I enlisted the help of my sister Amber and my mom in the project. Amber, who is great with design and drawing helped me figure out which aspects of Shaun's life we should include and how to do so. She drew most of the images that became the stitcheries. We divided the 10 blocks between the 3 of us. A few months later I collected the stitchery blocks. We collaborated on fabrics/quilt designs, and from our collaborations I created this quilt. Just in time for Christmas too!
I love how it turned out. The colors, the design, the fabrics, the stitcheries, the straight line diagonal quilting, even the back.
Fabrics used in this quilt: Kona Cottons (Lemon, Banana, Medium Grey & Ash); Michael Miller's Dumb Dot, Peacock Lane- Meadow and Going Coastal- Sea Kelp; Free Spirit's Soliel and Silent Cinema- Iris Yellow; Ary Gallery's Modern Affair; and Cloud9's Cut Out & Keep- Poplin Avenues.

Now for a brief look into Shaun's life:
Family was always the most important part of Shaun's life. His wife, his children and his extended family.
Shaun married my Aunt Karen in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
He served a religious mission to Japan.
He was a farmer, and operated a red combine. He was one of the hardest working men I've ever known.
Shaun attended and graduated from Brigham Young University.
He taught his kids to ski when they were small and it was always a favorite family activity.
He loved scouting and was involved in it his whole life.
Shaun enjoyed read, and I always remember that there was stack of books on the table beside his chair.
He was raised in and lived his life in a small town in Idaho.
He went to Oakley High School and enjoyed sports.

My uncle Shaun was a great man, a man whom I want to try to emulate in my own life. Creating this quilt about him has helped me to remember that and I hope that it will have that same affect on others, especially his children and future grandchildren who won't have met him but can still benefit from his example and love.

13 comments:

Lynne said...

What a wonderful memorial to an obviously dearly missed man!

Richard Healey said...

That is a wonderful quilt. I live just blocks from the Salt Lake Temple and have been thinking it would be fun to make a temple quilt. Love your temple block.

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com

Heidi @ Boys, Buttons, and Butterflies said...

That is a truly wonderful tribute!!!

Kari @ The Purple Quiltapotamus said...

What a beautiful and truly special quilt.

cinzia said...

very touching tribute. the embroidered drawings are beautiful!

Dee said...

This is absolutely one of my new favorite quilts! From conception to finished quilt...what an awesome testament to a man who obviously impacted a lot of people for the better! Thank you for sharing this and may his memory be a lasting legacy of love and hope!

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

Hi,
I'm your newest follower. I just linked over from Happy Quilting and info about the blog hop. I'm so glad to meet you and looking forward to the hop!
Julie

pinsandneedles said...

What a beautiful memorial quilt. Thanks for sharing!

Di~ said...

Wow, so glad to see this featured! Ya did good Nanc! Thank you Quilt Story!

felicity said...

Absolutely beautiful.

Kris said...

I want to make a really cute quilt now! I've never gotten the chance.

passionfruitprincess said...

Beautiful! What a great way to show love!
Ana Paula

Nancy said...

Thanks for the great feature and for all your kind comments, I really appreciate it all.