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Mrs. G was a special lady who lived a full life over a full century. She won a trip to England as a young woman, was happily married for more than 65 years, raised a family and enjoyed grandkids and great grandkids. She truly spent her 100 years well and this quilt honors her love of life.
Designed with 20 blocks representing five years each, her most significant life events are shown on the piece that corresponds with the year in which each event took place – her steamer ship adventure at age 21, her marriage several years later, and the births and deaths in her immediate family are all noted with embroidery and applique. Her quilt also includes fur from her parka and gloves in a pocket as she always kept them.
I posted about combining t-shirts and sweatshirts in a quilt but never shared pictures of the finished quilt – oops! I’d like to thank Kimberly for sending me these photos – it’s always nice to see the quilt at home.
The designs on t-shirts used in memorial quilts are often already showing signs of wear and I would never want to do anything to hasten the deterioration, so I never sew across the design when quilting a t-shirt quilt. I’ve seen plenty of t-shirt quilts with overall, edge-to-edge quilting and I worry about the print [...]
Instant download on Craftsy! Click image to go to my pattern store. The Loving Arms Wrap Quilt is my first published Creating Keepsakes from Clothing pattern. I’ve used this design on several quilts and love the way it shows off each fabric. While using just one block size makes cutting easy, keeping the squares organized [...]
While most folks who contact me through this Custom Memorial Quilts website are looking to have a quilt made for them, I periodically get an inquiry from someone interested in making their own. Usually the questions are about a specific technique or they’ve run into a problem and need a little help. I’m always happy [...]
I’m working on a memorial quilt that includes t-shirts, sweatshirts and button-front shirts. I wanted the finished quilt to be a uniform thickness despite the huge difference in the weight/thickness of the fabrics so decided to use a quilt-as-you-go method to cut, piece and quilt it in sections, and then join the sections together to create the whole. [...]
For Daddy’s Girls This trio of lap quilts will comfort the daughters of a much-loved dad who was mad about plaid. Edge-to-edge machine quilting over a layer of fleece ensures that the quilts are cozy and will withstand daily use and frequent laundering. While these quilts are all the same design, fabric selection and placement makes each unique. The quilt on the [...]
Add an easy care label to your memorial quilt. Memorial quilts are made from clothing and most clothing items have care labels. On shirts, for instance, the label is usually attached at the back of the neck or sewn into the seam toward the bottom of one side. You can easily add a care label to your memorial quilt by selecting the [...]
Binding finishes the edges of a quilt. Quilt binding is the fabric folded over the sides of your quilt and sewn to both the front and back to cover the raw edges and create a nice finish. You can buy quilt binding or make your own. I suggest you make the binding for your memorial [...]