A 16-Block Memory Blanket made in memory of a father who passed away. The blanket is made entirely of his sweatshirts, which are quite fun to see – especially Grumpy! The sweatshirts also give a nice weight to the blanket.

The part I like about being a “Custom” sewing studio is working with my “Customers.”! Whether by phone or email (and now I have an upgraded Itouch, so I can even add video calls, if necessary) I work with my customers to select the fabrics that they want. Diane and I had a lot of conversations before we settled on the right combination. I had seen blankets like this before, but it is the first time I used a contrast square at the intersections.

I was able to find sweatshirt fabric for the front in a tan and camo. For the back, we used a camo fleece.

This is a wonderful, big blanket and I hope that it brings Diane and her mother comfort through the first holiday without her father and husband, respectively.

Speaking of grandmas and grandpas, I made these T Shirt Memory Pillows  – also made out of sweatshirts.

I found the playing card fabric at Joanns and thought it would be a fun accent for the “gamblin’ grandma”!

I was looking for a fabric for the union shirt but the only fabric I could find was a bit too kitschy – more appropriate for a chippendale’s calendar – I didn’t think it would work for a grandpa pillow! It’s a funny fabric, though, and I will post it this Friday as I debut a new category of blog posts – “Fabulous Fabric Friday.” OK, that sounds really corny, but I come across some interesting fabrics and I thought it might be a fun way to share them with you.

So for this union sweatshirt, I stayed with a basic pindot fabric that complements the shirt as well as the other pillow. I think the two make a nice set.

We have snow and cold here in Northeast Ohio. Just look at that sky and the lovely Lake Effect clouds and snow
! Taking photos yesterday was not exactly fun!