Campbell Plaid And An Irish Scarf

Getting Started on a quilt for Jackie's Sister
Getting Started on a quilt for Jackie’s sister, the design inspired by Lucy Pettway’s quilt

I reread the letter before looking at the clothes in the box.  Jackie wrote about the Irish scarf that belonged to her mother-in-law, (who she never met) and the Campbell plaid flannel that lined a shirt which reminded her of her husband, the red cap that belonged to her father,  the linens that belonged to her mother and the gingham aprons, that she asked me to send back if I couldn’t use.  She asked if I could make her two lap quilts and four potholders representing different members of her family, all of them having  Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

I took out each piece of clothing looking at them carefully, some whose story I knew from Jackie’s letter.  The rest told their own stories, comfortable pants worn and faded around the knees, a table cloth, slightly stained, a favorite sweater.  I laid out the clothes, and as I always do when I begin a quilt, wondered how I would make it all work together.  I separated the fabric that had specific purposes (linens, the Campbell plaid and the red cap,  for potholders that would be Christmas gifts, the Irish scarf and the shirt with “Rich” embroidered on it, a  joke between Jackie and her husband) and put them aside.

The first quilt would be for Jackie’s sister. I picked though some of the pieces of clothes and having no ideas, pulled my Gee’s Bend  Quilt book from the shelf.  My quilting bible, the book that inspired me to start making quilts, if never fails to inspire me.  I leafed through till I came to Lucy Pettway’s quilt from 1945 and I immediately knew how to begin.

Lucy T Pettway's Quilt from 1945
Lucy T Pettway’s Quilt from 1945

I put the apron in the center, folded the blue linens into triangles and placed it all on the grey, green and white, flowered tablecloth.  Then I just kept adding to it until it was done.

Jackies Quilt  2

Jackies Quilt  3

The green napkins in the corners have a flower from the tablecloth material hand stitched in the corner
The green napkins in the corners have a flower from the tablecloth material hand stitched in the corner

This is how I finished it up today.  I’m pretty happy with the way it looks and will probably even have it done for Jackie’s sister’s birthday in May.

Jackie recently started a blog called Quilt of Missing Memories  about her life with her family members with Alzheimer’s.  It’s honest, inspiring, witty and helpful.    If you want to get to know Jackie and her family better (you gotta meet her grandma)  click  here.


7 thoughts on “Campbell Plaid And An Irish Scarf

  1. I love how each of these quilts are personal to the person they are made for. They all tell a story ~ you could write your own book about them Maria! I love the stories of this one ….

  2. To Maria, the Master Artist-


    The quilt is absolutely incredible!!!! I am smiling and have tears in my eyes as I look at the pictures.

    And your post is beautiful, and so thoughtful!

    Thanks so much for taking the project on. It means so much to me and the rest of my family.

    Very Best Wishes,

    1. It seems whenever I say yes, to making a quilt for someone, Jackie, I get so much more out of it than I would have imagined, creatively and personally. It’s such a pleasure getting to know you and your family through this work.

  3. Thank you Jackie, for sharing your journey and thank you, Maria, for helping her to do this. You are both extrodinary “goddesses” :):)

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