Memorial Service altar cloth

Just a quick closeup look at part of the altar cloth for my mother’s memorial service on the 24th. She would have been 88 on her birthday July 28th.  She taught me how to sew and was so passionate about sewing. I thought this would be a fitting and  special memorial to her. She loved beautiful things.

I designed and quilted this from pleated silk. The cross and medallions are from vintage textiles [the cross isn’t wonky on the piece even though it looks like it here]. The swag is made of ribbon roses. It doesn’t show well  but the heart is trapunto. It was difficult to photograph the white to show any detail and the light reflected differently on the flowers than on the cloth. There isn’t any visual difference in the two whites in person.

After her memorial service, I will store this away until the next family memorial service. I will make a label for the back with the names and dates for each family member it is used for. I hope it will become a cherished family heirloom.

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