Some people collect spoons, mugs or thimbles to keep track of their travels. I collect embroidered patches. It started on my honeymoon when I bought my first patch at Luray Caverns in
. When I moved four years ago to a
retirement village in Virginia , I had a plastic bag
filled with over 100 patches. I decided to do something with them – creating a
map to display all the places I had visited. Glendale,
and cut out the individual states. I placed them in five different piles, each
one representing a color, based on a placemat I had that depicted the states
with no two states touching in the same color. I used a felt like fabric that
didn’t fray so no hemming was required and cut out a rectangle of 43 X 57
inches of turquoise. I bought pink, yellow, orange, green and purple in the
same fabric for the states. Once I had all the states, I placed the turquoise
fabric on my living room rug and created the map. United States
I bought a large inexpensive map of the
My ambitious plan required sewing all the states together on the background cloth, but that became too awkward so I settled on a fabric glue. This proved to be simpler and less time consuming. Even so, working on it steadily, the project took over two weeks of not being able to use my living room.
Over the years I also collected pins from RWA conferences, honors, awards and other celebrations that sat in my jewelry box. They went on the map, as well. Each place I lived in received a tiny pearl bead. Once completed, I added four tabs at the top for hanging. It needed something more, a border, so I found bags of colorful buttons at Wal-Mart and sewed them around the edge. That last part probably took the longest time.
I call this “My Memory Wall Hanging.” I enjoy it everyday and add to it whenever I travel. All those blank areas across the country have been added to my bucket list, and I hope to fill all those states with memories.
Have you created anything similar to record your memories?