Memory quilts are a great way to remember someone special in your life or to celebrate an occasion such as an anniversary, graduation or retirement. Memory quilts are made using fabric or clothing such as shirts, neckties, jeans, t-shirts, handkerchiefs, etc.. Photos of family members, friends and special events can also be added. Many people find it comforting to wrap themselves in a memory quilt. It’s like getting a hug. I guarantee that your memory quilt will become a family treasure that will be passed down through generations.
In 2006, I made my first memory quilt for my mother-in-law who was celebrating her 80th birthday. I was given a quilt that was made by my mother-in-law’s mother. The quilt had been well used and was in need of repair. Some of the seams had given way and the batting was poking through the holes. I took the quilt apart and salvaged as many of the 9-patch blocks as I could. Next I contacted my mother-in-law’s brothers, sisters and daughter to ask for pictures of their families. I printed the pictures on fabric paper and then made blocks with one block for each family. This is a picture of the finished “reclaimed” quilt. Nothing can surpass the comments that I heard when we presented the quilt to her at her 80th birthday party. Her brothers and sisters recognized the many of the fabrics as being from their own childhood, either their clothes or their mom’s. It was an event I’ll never forget!