A heartbreaking request…………….

Was offered to me late last summer. It was the result of a tragic in-home accident/fall resulting in the passing of a dear friend last February. The request came from Chrisy’s adult daughter who wanted to give the first Christmas without this vibrant wife/mom/grandmom a special touch. She was sorting through her mom’s things and selected several special clothing pieces that spoke “Chrisy” to the family and asked if I could re-fashion them into a memory item relevant to that person.

  The precious garments were delivered to me, but the praying had already begun for ideas that would “connect”. Rather than go into any kind of specifics, let me show you the finishes…………….

   For daughter’s 3-year old son, a football pillow made from Grandma Chrisy’s fave “hoodie”………….


The perfect companion for watching TV while lying on the floor!

  For Chrisy’s sweet hubby, a pair of large (18”) occasional/couch pillows made from the tailored shirts that she ALWAYS wore—–perfectly pressed, crisp and fresh!……………………


One shirt for the feather-quilted fronts (with a “handkerchief” in the pocket made from the backing shirt) and one for the back………


The shirt backs of the 2 pillows are not quilted but allow for the pillow form insertion, using the button plackets! And, yes, the cording/piping is another shirt!

Pillow #2 (front)……………


and back…………


The corded edgings……………

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  The next project was to be fashioned from the beautiful “mother’s dress” Chrisy wore to her

son’s weddingChrisy-Steve-Pete-Emily Jan.2014... a couple of years previous, a couple who, now, have sweet little Olivia. The suggestion was for it to be a teddy bear but it just had to be a lop-eared bunny!!!!!


Isn’t she just the grandest??!!! Perfect for that very special Granddaughter! I was able to rearrange the bead-work to fit this application exactly.

  I was ‘prompted’ to make a couple more “surprises” before handing all off. Years ago, I made “Kitchen Angels” as my response to the fad of “kitchen witches” (a fad that saddened me!), so, with this special wedding fabric, 2 angels made an appearance. One for Chrisy’s sis-in-law (and my dear campground friend, Cheryl) and Chrisy’s daughter, who had begun this privileged project…


One final photo…………. with Emily……she was very pleased and the family/recipients’ hearts were touched. Prayers answered…….


And so ends a bittersweet Christmas story bringing forward into future realities those precious memories we hold dear of loved ones who brought such joy!

****Christmas Blessings to all my dear “bloggy” friends and may you enjoy a Peaceful Joy-filled New Year!!!!!****………And, of course, hugs..


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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43 Responses to A heartbreaking request…………….

  1. witchylin says:

    You have opened up some special memories and raised some smiles with your work. You are so kind and caring. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you and your family.

  2. Ana Kempfer says:

    Beautiful memories!!

  3. Karen Goad says:

    great ideas on what you made – I have never seen a pillow made that way from a shirt with the buttons and pocket, what a great idea. This was a very nice thing for you to do for your friends.

  4. Such treasures! Sending love and prayers to this dear family.

  5. Oh, Doreen, what a gift you have given this family with your precious creations. I especially love the bunny and the angels. Bless you for your love and care.

  6. Cathy says:

    What a wonderful story. You did a beautiful creative work of preserving memories. I enjoy your blog and think of my favorite area of Minnesota when I read your postings. Forestville State Park is our favorite camping place.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Forestville is gorgeous! I’m so glad you find enjoyment in my ‘jottings’. I try to remember a piece of wisdom a dear friend once shared with me: A sadness shared is halved but a joy shared is multiplied many times over! It is what friends do and I am so blessed to have so many!!!!! My thanks to you, “bloggy” Friend, for stopping by and leaving such dear words. Hugs……….

  7. mtetar says:

    I remembered this post what a Finished Products and a Great Ending for this time of the year. Great Memory to last a long time. You’re Blessed therefore Enjoy, Mtetar

  8. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    Wow! Your creativity astounds me. You did a fantastic job making memory objects for your friends. What a wonderful way to remember Chrisy.

    • treadlemusic says:

      I know from Whom the inspiration came. In fact, I had so many ideas I had to narrow my choices! I stand amazed! I hope there was an idea you might use at some future time! The memories flooded over me as I saw these take shape. Uber hugs…………

  9. Rosemaryflower says:

    So sweet Doreen. You are a wonderful friend.

  10. Pat in WNY says:

    What treasures you have created, holding many sweet memories for each recipient. You’ve put the real spirit of Christmas into each creation.

  11. Rhonda says:

    What a wonderful set of memories you’ve created!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Ya know, the bags of shirts, etc, were in my studio and I walked by them constantly thinking “what??” could come out of them that would be a blessing and not painful. The responses have been beyond anything I could have dreamed!!!! Prayers continuing for you!!!!!! And hugs………..

  12. Those are all beautiful and perfect for memories that will be held forever. Thank you for sharing your creations. I love them all.

  13. Suzanna says:

    You have honoured Chrisy in a variety of amazing ways. Your work is beautiful and ever so creative. The pieces are perfectly suited to the recipients, too. I’m so impressed!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thank you. They were such a joy to make! And, another situation where saving patterns/ideas from years ago proves useful!!!!! Wishes for a Peace and Joy-filled New Year to you and yours…..and hugs………………..

  14. KerryCan says:

    What an amazing job you did, rising to this challenge! And, in a way, you got to spend some quality time with Chrisy, as you worked . . .

  15. kathyreeves says:

    What a happy sad story. I run to the sewing machine or the piano to deal with grief or to pray with my stitches or notes. You have blessed this family in a very special way! It ‘s a perfect story for the New Year.

  16. Vicki in MN says:

    What a wonderful job you did on all the memory items and put a little joy into their hearts this Christmas.

  17. Jackie says:

    Such an enduring post Doreen, You have got such a special talent. Her memory will truly live on in your thoughtful projects!!1

  18. LB says:

    Doreen, you are so dear, and so talented. What a gift you have given the family of your dear friend. Hopefully, your heart was able to heal a bit while you worked.
    Many wishes for a happy, healthy 2016!

  19. Thread crazy says:

    You did very well my friend. The items you made for the family will be dearly treasured. Best wishes to you and hubby.

  20. Jeanne says:

    So glad you were able to fulfill the request. The family will treasure the beautiful things you made and it will help the wee ones to remember the stories. Bless you.

  21. ivoryspring says:

    What beautiful and meaningful items you were able to make for the family — sweet post!

  22. Those are just wonderful and so perfect for those that will cherish them.

  23. Doreen, it is wonderful to see how you created such dear objects!
    You are blessed!

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