• 26Jan

    I’m guessing that not all of you who are reading this blog are friends of mine on facebook.  In which case I need to tell you about my “Danny quilts”.  For those who have already heard about them please pardon the repetition.

    While packing some clothes in WV for this time frame of “between houses” I looked at a bunch of Dan’s clothes and wondered what I was going to do with them.  Someone had suggested that I give each of the kids a shirt to cuddle with as a way to remember their Dad.  So in the process of pulling out one for each of them I decided to turn some of them into a quilt.  A good friend told me that “When life gives you scraps, make a quilt.”  So that’s what I’m doing.

    I ended up dividing up Dan’s dress shirts between myself and the four oldest kids.  Then I am taking their “color” and making a quilt for each of them.  There really isn’t a whole lot of Dan’s shirts in each quilt (Dan just wasn’t much interested in wearing pink and purple)  =).  Marantha, Payden, and Caleb kind of get the short end of the stick there, but I’m still playing with some ideas.  I’m saving the pockets and tags off of the shirts and I think I might sort of appliqué them onto a ‘sheet’, and knot that into a comforter for Maranatha.  Then I have a few collars, cuffs, and buttons, not to mention T-shirts (not real good for blankets) and some jeans to play around with for Payden and Caleb.

    So, if you hear me talking about a Danny quilt that is what I’m referring to.  I did manage to finish the first one which I have claimed as my own at this point.  Friends have donated scraps, time for cutting, piecing, and quilting to help me finish.  It is very nice to have this project to work on at this point in my life.  It seems to help me grieve in a constructive manner.

    Here is a picture of the first one.dannyquiltsmall

    Here are some of the patches for the second one.  This one will be Abigail’s.  I’m not sure why I started with hers.  I actually have this one all pieced together and basted.  Next step is the quilting and then put on the edging to finish it up.


8 Comments to Danny Quilts

  • Those are beautiful! What a wonderful idea to make “Danny Quilts” for each of you. Something to hug…

    I check your blog whenever you update it, and always praying for you and thinking about you.

    -Renee (grand daughter in law of Wentworth Pike in Alberta.)

  • Liisa,

    I just wanted you to know that when we were helping to pack your stuff in WV, Lynn packed a lot more of Dan’s shirts, (he didn’t know what you wanted done with them, so he just packed them up). So you will have a lot more pieces to work with when all your things from WV arrive. The quilts so far look beautiful. I don’t know when you find the time, but I’m glad you do find the time. Love and miss you, Kelly

  • Liisa,
    How talented are you?? =) The quilt is beautiful and so impressive! This will be a really nice gift to each of your kiddos!
    Glad you made it to MI safely!

  • Liisa, My Mom was a quilter and in her lifetime made 18 full size and 1 queen size quilts – along with several wall hangings. She died more than 7 years ago and I now cherish her quilts. Our local library displays one of them on the wall often and I show them at other community affairs. But I also use them on the beds in our home and am ALWAYS comforted when sleeping under one. I just know that your quilts will bring warmth, comfort and, eventually, peace to all who use them. My Mom also did a lit of knitting and crochetting and so left behind a lot of sweaters. I used some of them, turning them into pillows for family members. The clothing just seemed like a part of her that remained. God bless.

  • Absolutely beautiful Liisa. I know this will comfort you when days feel dreary. I have things in my house to remind me of loved ones gone on. The children will all treasure their quilts because it’s something to remind them of daddy and because their mommy put so much time and love into each one. I know each quilt will hold tears from your eyes, but that will make them even more precious.
    Keeping you all in my prayers. {{{HUGS}}} to you all.

  • You can make stuffed animals out of the jeans with button eyes or even duffel bags. That’s just a couple ideas.

  • What a great idea! Josh has a quilt that his grandma Ewing made and he cherrishes it. I have ones that my grandma made and ones that she started and my mom finished. They truely are special. Great job making sweet memories for your little ones.

    Love you all, Auntie Joanne