Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Remembering Ted Wade

A couple of months ago, a fellow history and genealogy friend, Deb Wade, asked me if I could make her a memory quilt from her husband's shirts.  Her husband, Ted Wade, had recently passed away on March 10, 2012.  I was honored to be asked to do something like this that was so deeply personal for her.  She brought me a large box of Ted's shirts which were mostly western style with the shell button snaps.  She also brought me a vest and tie that Ted liked to wear when they went out somewhere special together.  She asked if I could applique that into the center of the quilt, since it was such a signature memory about Ted.  I thought it was a great idea. 

So below is a picture of the finished quilt.  It's king sized, measuring 102" x 102" and features fabrics from every single shirt she brought me.  I used the shell button snap strips from the fronts of the shirts to outline the border areas as well.  After I was finished quilting it, I appliqued the vest, white shirt, and the black tie to the top of the quilt center. 

Thank you, Deb, for letting me have a special role in creating this wonderful memory of Ted for you.

(click on picture for a larger view)

Ted Wade


  1. fantastic tribute.... i especially like what you did with the shell button snap strips from the fronts of the shirts..... excellent idea - and a perfect way NOT to waste those (virtually) useless pieces of fabric WITH all those typically western shirt snaps.

  2. Teary eyed here reading, what a wonderful thing to do. The quilt is just fabulous!

  3. Thanks, everyone. Ted was a great guy, so it was wonderful to get to do this for Deb.