Ok. So, I have an old friend (since high school) whose Mama passed away in mid-November. Amber, this is my friend that you helped me find some information for a couple of years ago. She lived with her Mama her entire life, certainly most of it. Her last 10+ years have been spent taking care of her. Her Mama was her everything, and her #1 priority. I asked her recently if she would like some sort of memorial quilt. Like maybe using some of her clothes, if she had kept any. She was really touched, and was thrilled at the idea. My goal is a throw that she could wrap around her when she feels like she needs a hug from her Mama. Originally I was thinking I could piece a scrappy heart and scrappy letters spelling “Mama” from the clothes and then piece that into the quilt top.
Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for the recipients) she generously gave all her Mama’s clothes away. I mean it’s been 6 months after all. All she can find is her Mama’s pashmina scarf. It seems to be maybe some sort of rayon or silk type fabric with fringe. I offered to print some photos on printable fabric and do a memorial quilt that way, or find some sort of way to do a quilt that includes the scarf, her choice. I didn’t want to cut up the scarf without her permission. She says she would be thrilled with either idea, and she’s ok with cutting up the scarf. Here’s a photo of the scarf:
Her Mama’s favorite color was sort of a Hello Kitty pink, which I think would go with this sort of teal scarf pretty well. I was thinking it would be awesome if I could incorporate it somehow while keeping the fringe.
I might include a photo or two also, and I think I have the perfect pink in a solid cotton. It’s hard to say what this is like without having it in my hands. She lives in Dallas. If I can’t think of a way to use it I don’t want to have her send it here.
I was thinking I would need to stabilize the scarf somehow before cutting and/or piecing into any kind of block(s). I don’t think my original plan for letters will work, though. Although it might be kind of fun to do a heart and have the fringe along the edge of the heart somehow.
Have any of you worked with a sort of slippery, non-cotton fabric like this in a quilt before?
Thanks in advance!