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 Paula Geisz on March 8, 2016 at 2:18pm
I work with a group that makes small quilts for Operation Kid Comfort, group makes quilts for children of deployed service men and women. Pillow cases are made for children older than 7. Quilts and cases have 9 pictures of the family, gives them something to hug.
Comment by Robin Leftwich on May 20, 2014 at 2:17pm

I am now making two memory quilts for my sister and brother after my mom's death in February of this year.  I am using shirts and shorts of hers, and also some  ties of my dad's.  I find it a real comfort to be working on this.

Comment by Robin Leftwich on May 20, 2014 at 2:16pm

I made a memory quilt for my sister when she lost her husband at age 42 from cancer.  She had patched his jeans with colorful fabric, and I was able to cut them up and combine with some other flannel material to make a great quilt.  I was able to use some of hte legs as a border, since she requested that it look like jeans.  I learned that denim is hard to hand quilt, and used the thicker thread and long stitches.  I also learned that it is hard to make that first cut into beloved fabric.

Comment by Wanda on March 26, 2013 at 7:56pm

Thank you. I am thinking of making this from his clothing and since the father is a good friend of my husband's I asked my husband to talk to him.  The death was on Sunday and having found this site and this page, it was all I could think of to offer comfort to him and his younger sons.  I will wait a bit as the service is on Friday and let my husband ask his friend. Thank you so much for the advice. I did a memory wall hanging of my father-in-law with pictures for my mother-in-law years ago. It is now at my house as she passed away and I told my husband that I wanted it for our boys since they they are in some of the pictures I included.  His siblings all agreed it should come back to us for our boys. Thank you so much for your advise.

Comment by Suzann Darnall on March 24, 2013 at 11:14pm
one reason i offer immediately to make the quilts is that i make them from the person's clothing. families love this sooo much.
Comment by Suzann Darnall on March 24, 2013 at 11:13pm
Wanda, tell them you are a quilter and you would be honored to make them a memory quilt, if they would like one. i recently made one for a family from our church, when one of their adult daughters was killed in a one-car accident while drving under the influence. they have all told me what a comfort it has been. their younger children love to cuddle under it. the family says they are "snuggling with Sarah" (the deceased daughter/sister), when they curl up with the quilt. i definitely say offer them the option
Comment by viki hagan on March 24, 2013 at 9:03pm

This is a hard one, I agree with Lana about timing.. if it was very recently it could rub a little the wrong way arriving too soon..but they are your friends so do what you think is best.. like she said, you can always wait to present it, maybe when the hurt and anger have passed. A suicide is much harder to deal with than a regular death, so just do what you feel is best.

Comment by Lana Laqua on March 24, 2013 at 4:59pm
I think a memory quilt celebrating his life is a compassionate gift. Not having been through something like that I would think timing would be key! I would think that if I got something like that and wasn't ready to face it I would put it away until I was ready. So I would say make it and present when it feels right.
Comment by Wanda on March 24, 2013 at 3:54pm

I have a question and would like some advice. A dear friend's son committed suicide and I am wondering if it would be appropriate to make a memory quilt for his family?  It is a very difficult time for them and I am wanting to comfort them not add to the pain they are suffering.

Comment by Maggie Boucher on February 11, 2013 at 3:55pm

Jeanie, Thank you so much for the Friend Request


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