Memory Quilts

Anyone who has made a memory quilt and has advice to share or anyone thinking of making a memory quilt and is looking for advice.

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Memory Quilts

Started by Judy in lower Eastern Michigan. Last reply by Deborah Craig Apr 4, 2012. 1 Reply

I have made four memory quilts and each one was done differently and with each one I learned a few things, mostly what not to do on the next one. Two were pieced and two were appliqued but all were…Continue

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Comment by Cynthia Crull on February 11, 2013 at 2:12pm

I just recently made a Memory Quilt.I use a lap top pattern they girls wanted and they gave me pictures and quotes to put on the blocks and I scatterned them all over. I chose the material to use and it came out really good. In fact there is a picture on my page that shows the quilt. Its called  For the Love of Alex. And they were quite pleased with the quilt. I uesed stablizer for the pictures and quotes. Another Memory Quilt on my page is called My Shining Star. Please feel free to look around my pictures.

Comment by Suzann Darnall on February 11, 2013 at 1:52pm
Maggie, i use the "quilt-as-you-go" method. i make many memory quilts. some are from t-shirt collections, some from baby clothes, and some from the clothing of the dearly departed. i sometimes add photos or messages that i print out on fabric. 
you can see some of my quilts on my website:
i've included a few direct links:
for my father - made from his dad's pendleton shirts
for maternal grandfather from grandmother's clothes
high school graduation gift hand- & tie-quilted
twin-size t-shirt memory quilt
road runner t-shirt memory quilt
tell me wy wynonna & judds t-shirts
memorial quilt honoring pauli
queen size memory quilt
there are others on the website, as well as many on my FaceBook under Suzann Darnall
Comment by Maggie Boucher on February 11, 2013 at 1:08pm

I would love to learn how to make memory quilts does anybody know where i can see a toutorial on how to make one. I am new at quilting and i am widowed and i would like to be able to make these for my widowed friends and families.

Comment by Susan Milstred Humes on October 5, 2012 at 3:34pm

I am new to the group. I have made one small memory picture quilt, three family tree quilts and recently made a lap quilt made out of my fathers clothing. I love the idea of taking a memory or a loved ones clothing and making something that will last from generation to generation!

Comment by Suzann Darnall on July 13, 2012 at 12:32am
i never stabilize my memory quilts, especially the ones made from t-shirt collections, 'cause part of why people love their old t-shirts is the softness. but, i do a different kind of quilt, so there is not the stretching issue that happens with quilt tops that are all one big sheet. i do individual quilt blocks of three layers, then sash them together into rows, then sash rows into a quilt, each block is already layers and quilted before attached to next one.
Comment by Susan Skuda on July 11, 2012 at 7:18pm

Lana, I made a photo memory quilt for my niece who had just graduated from Air Force Basic, with photos of her graduation.  I used printable fabric, heat set and treated with  bubble jet rinse as directed.  I washed it prior to sending and to my dismay, the pix faded!!!  She was still delighted, but now I know that no matter how well I follow directions, my photo quilts will not be meant as washable items - primarily display only!!!

Comment by francine miller on July 11, 2012 at 6:27pm

I am an avid animal quilter.   And, I do a lot of printing on fabric.  See my website. If it is not too late, I would love to help you finish or begin your project.   I too love my cats.  I can help you make that pattern.

Comment by Lana Laqua on June 13, 2012 at 5:54pm

we'd love to see if a picture, when get the posting photos thing sorted out.  It's sad to hear about losses but it's nice that there is a treasured memory to cherish!

Comment by Debbee Carlson on June 13, 2012 at 3:17pm
I made a different type of memory quilt. In a Thimbleberries club a few years back each month our main part of the block was a 6x6 pre-stamped picture then we quilted around it. There was 12 of these. I sent them in packages with crayola crayons, fabric pens for signatures and self addressed postage paid return envelopes to the family members of dear friends. I then quilted the blockes and put it all together, had it machine quilted and binded. Before completion one of the fathers died making it more special. When I figure out how, I will post a photo.
Comment by Suzann Darnall on April 11, 2012 at 4:15pm
congrats on finding a print option and good luck with the memory quilt

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