Recycled Denim Quilt (memory quilt) by Alix Joyal at Mamaka Mills
Here is a quilt that Alix Joyal made for a family who lost their young son, Eugene, in a tragic accident. Alix used his jeans, t-shirts, button-up shirts, and basketball shorts to create this contemporary, striking design. By juxtaposing the light and dark denims, Alix has created a glowing effect, as if the quilt is illuminated from behind.
Alix chose a seven inch maroon border, which beautifully complements the chambrays and muted indigos of the quilt body. As a special touch, she even added Eugene's signature, copied from his passport, in the lower right corner (see her original blog post for details).
Recycled men's shirt quilt by Alix Joyal at Mamaka Mills
Alix made this fabulous quilt in a modified log cabin design from mens recycled shirts. Notice how Alix's thoughtful color choice of orange serves as a perfect complement to the light blues and really sets off the brown earth tones. She notes that some of these blocks still have the button holes or tags still on them, which greatly adds to the visual interest. It's for sale now at Mamaka Mills' Etsy site.
Custom Military Quilt, Army-Navy-Marines, by Alix Joyal at Mamaka Mills
Alix Joyal designs and produces very original, innovative, and meaningful memory quilts for service men and women and for their spouses and families. Here is an example of a military quilt that was constructed using parts of military uniforms, fatigues, and camouflage gear. We really like this contemporary design which symbolizes such beauty, symmetry, strength, and resilience.
Alix also can also incorporate military medals and ribbons into her unique designs. Her heirloom-quality quilts are custom designed to reflect the personality and life of the loved one whose life is being remembered. For more examples, see her galleries of memory quilts and military memory quilts.
Image credits: Images are shown with the generous permission of Alix Joyal. For more examples of her work, visit her website at Mamaka Mills and the Mamaka Mills blog. She graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC with a BS in Textile Development and Marketing, and she has been quilting for 20+ years.