Memory Quilts---How to Make a Memory Quilt from Babies First Clothes.

This hub was inspired by my young friend Lily Rose!

This is for you kiddo, and the best of luck with your super project. Hope the hub will also inspire others to try to make this type of quilt for themselves and I also hope that some of the info given here will help in getting those fabulous memories built into an heirloom that will be cherished forever.

First of all what is a Memory quilt? Well, it's pretty well what the name describes. Memory quilts are quilts pieced together from a loved one's clothing, depicting thoughts and/or actions of that special loved one. These can be made from outgrown baby clothes, T-shirts, sport uniforms, ties, etc. direct printed photos, or almost anything holding special meaning of the user. These memory quilts are a super gifts especially to give to the going-to-college or getting-married kids, as these quilts contain mom's love to cuddle into when a bit lonely. Fabrics from baby and growing up garments etc. usually have a lot of wear left in them. More recently with the use of computers and scanners memory quilts can also include transferred photographs of the loved one or documents of special events etc. The limitations to these quilts are only what your imagination sets in your mind.

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Many people who are too busy, not into sewing and creating their own quilts hire the job out to quilters or sewers. These memory quilts all become pieces of art, and because they're all individual and unique will cost a fair chunk to get made. However, one word of caution, make sure you trust your cherished collection only to a reputable sewing or quilting shop. Most of these shops will be able to offer references and/or pictures of past quilts.


I have made quite a few of these memory quilts, as a matter of fact I have just shipped off my 53rd one to a customer a couple of weeks ago. It is fun to be able to come up with something new and creative for each and every quilt BUT (as always there is that silly three letter word, and I will say it every time I get an order for a new one, even if it cuts into my business) it is my opinion that these memory quilts are the best when they're self made.

The memories are not just for the recipient of the quilt but also for the one who remembers the passing of time. Like a Mom realizing that the tiny little bundle that she brought home so many years ago now has a story to tell... while fingering the collection of team T-shirts, ribbons etc it will bring back sooooo much and that quilt will become a creation built in love... and as far as I'm concerned even if the Mom is not a pro at sewing and a few boo-boos happen, the possible little flaws will make that quilt just that much more precious.

In this hub we're going to use children's outgrown baby clothes.

For a Twin Sized Baby Memory Quilt which works out to an approximately size of 66"/165cm x 90"/225cm you will need anywhere from requires 40 to 45 pieces of clothing. If you're considering making a matching Standard Size Sham you will need 4-5 more pieces of clothing. With other words if you have about 50 pieces, you're pretty safe of having enough.

Tips:

Before you jump at the pile of baby clothes and start chopping away you should consider these points:

  • What kind of quilt do you want to make? A standard block quilt or crazy quilt etc. Are you planning on hand quilting or do you want to have the tied type of quilt?
  • What size of quilt do you want to make? Naturally this depends on how big your collection of clothes is. I always suggest not to make anything smaller than a twin size. Kids all have a bad habit of growing too fast. (that is why you ended up with this collection of clothes in the first place) Also as you're building a heritage quilt here, a twin size quilt at least can get used forever (a spare bedroom etc). A crib blanky will be too small to use in a year or so even if its made for the grand-kids (they too grow too fast) (Also when the kids are still so young as to fit into a crib you really are more limited as you might not have enough items to chop up into quilting pieces). A lap quilt usually needs to be washed too often as the dog or cat jumps on it regularly etc. and as such will not last as long.
  • Take a look at the clothing pieces as you lay them out: you want to use every bit of pretty or special features on each item. Such items as embroidery, fancy pockets, lace, wordings, jean pockets etc... that are found on the clothes. These special pieces will become the highlights or 'eye-drawers' of the quilt.
  • Naturally you have to make sure that every item is freshly laundered and needs to be stainless. Obviously if there is a piece that you really want to add that has a spot on it that will not come out by washing mark the area with a safety pin or big stitches so you will notice it right away to make sure you can cut around it. Or you can maybe embroider a design over the 'ooky', place an iron on decal over it etc.
  • It is a good idea to use good quality, real quilting fabric in matching colors to add into the quilt just to stabilize it. You can also buy stabilizer at the fabric stores. Its important to use it as baby clothes are all made of different fibers, thicknesses and fabric types and those can distort or stretch the whole quilt out of shape without the solidity of the quilting fabric and stabilizers. (more on this when we get to the how to)
  • Once you found a good match for the fabric that you're going to use within the top of the quilt it always looks great when the backing matches bits in the topper too (again more on that when we actually work with the quilt. Suitable backing fabric, again should be 'top of the line' quilting fabric or good quality sheeting. We want these quilts to become heirlooms so cutting corners on the fabric should not be an option.

Tools and supplies to have on hand!

If you're a quilter you probably have most of these items already but if you're a beginner these things will definitely help: (BEFORE I GO FURTHER, SOME OF THESE ITEMS I'M GOING TO MENTION ARE NECESSARY OTHERS ARE OPTIONAL BUT MAKE THE JOB A LOT EASIER. So don't think you have to rush out and buy the works all at once BUT you know what I'm going to say now... Each job has the right equipment or tool to accomplish it with the least amount of hassle or pain.)

  • (Optional) a rotary cutting mat 18"/45cm X 24"/60cm is the ideal size (available at fabric shops and online) these are self healing heavy duty mats offered by Olfa and naturally there are many knock-offs some better than others. (my opinion get the best your budget allows) These mats usually have an inch grid printed on them, which comes in really handy when cutting
  • (Optional) a rotary cutter (1 3/4" or 45mm is a good size, made by Olfa and naturally the knockoffs come with safety features that you shouldn't ignore... these are really sharp---surgeon tool sharp)
  • (Optional) a quilting ruler--- these come in many shapes and sizes but the basic about 12"/30cm by 6"/15cm is a great one to start with. These rulers are made of a clear polymer and in most cases also have a grid on them to help with accurate cutting.

These three items above are also available at fabric stores and Walmart, in a kit, in the quilting department. Walmart was the cheapest prices that my students found. However the cutting mats are not the size I pointed out, the smaller size will work too.

  • a good pair of fabric cutting scissors (essential, you want to cut and not mangle the fabric)
  • (Optional) a metal yardstick (available at a hardware store for around $5)
  • (Optional) quilting weights (tuna cans will work just as well)
  • (Optional) laminator (works awesome to make the template or pattern more durable) The cold laminator plastic sheets that can be ironed on with a cool household iron are great too... (available at office supply stores) make sure that these are really the ones you can use with the iron otherwise you will have a terrible mess on your hands trying to clean melted plastic off your iron. I have also used double or triple layers of clear mac-tac--- this is definitely the cheapest way to make your own template (will discuss that later in the hub)
  • Sewing machine ( the quilt can be hand pieced and made, if you do not have one)
  • Hand quilting needles (called 'betweens', these are short little needles that are generally smaller and stronger than normal sewing needles. They are the best to use for the actual quilting they slightly thicker giving it added strength. These come in different sizes 9,10,11, and 12... with size 9 being the largest and size 12 being the smallest.
  • A good all purpose thread for the piecing or assembly of the quilt (if sewing by machine--- most machines can't handle the thicker weight of quilting thread)
  • Quilting thread (this is a thicker thread that is twisted just right and what should be used for the actual hand quilting)
  • (Optional) thimble maybe I should say essential instead because it will protect your fingers but you will have to be the judge of that.
  • Quilting fabric (there will be a chart with approximate fabric requirements at the end of the hub)
  • Quilting batting available in packs at the fabric stores in thin, medium and thick, depends on your likes or dislikes about the thickness of your finished quilt (amount or size depends on the size of quilt being created)
  • Iron on fabric stabilizer you can also use interfacing in 2-3 different thicknesses (this is to equalize the different fabrics used throughout a memory quilt when a lot of different types of fabrics and fibers are being used (for example: the little perma-blend blouse or shirt will need the heavy interfacing if it's to be sewn in-between a wool gabardine and the fleece square)
  • Iron (steam or dry)
  • (Optional) ironing board, you can do your pressing on the corner of your table too.
  • A 1/4"/.625cm wide sewing machine foot. (this is so you can easily use it as your sewing guide) After a while of sewing these 1/4 inch seams your eyes will get used to them and it won't be as hard to stay within your seam allowances.
  • (Optional) for sewing machine quilting... a walking foot for your sewing machine. (the use of a walking foot is that it helps the feeder dogs of your machine 'carry' thicker fabric or in this case the quilt sandwich under the needle. The top and bottom layers will be 'walked' or fed through at the same time.)


Stabilizer

You should have at least 2 thicknesses of 'iron-on-non-stretch' (woven) stabilizer or interfacing on hand. (I use 3 to 4 mainly because I'm a fuss pot) to even out the thicknesses of the clothes-patches being used. The non-stretch is so that the clothes-patches do not stretch and pull the work out of kilter. According to "the book-- the sewers bible" you should never use non-stretch interfacing on stretch fabric but as far as I'm concerned this is the one acceptable exception to that rule. The better square your patches are the easier it will be to square off the quilt once it's assembled. You can also use non-fusible interfacing this one you will need to baste onto your squares.  It will take a little longer to get to assembling your quilt but I assume that, that is not an issue with this type of quilt.

  • You will need a couple of yards/meters of 2 or 3 thicknesses of either fusible  or non-fusible stabilizer/interfacing depending if you have all fairly thin or thick baby clothes... (for example a fleece top--> stretchy versus a -->non-stretchy fine poly-cotton blouse or shirt... )

Regular patch quilt (not made of baby clothes)
Regular patch quilt (not made of baby clothes)

Patch Quilt!

For a patch style twin size quilt (with an approximate finished size of 66"/165cm x 90"/225cm) if you use 6" squares you will need 15 rows of 11 squares therefore 165 squares in total....

  • You will have to cut 165 squares of 6.5" x 6.5"/16.25cm x16.25cm. (The extra 1/2"/1.25cm are for the 1/4"/.625cm seam allowance.)
  • You will need 6 1/3 yards/5.8meters of fabric for the backing and for the bias binding. (or you can use a double sized flat sheet.)
  • You will need batting for a twin sized quilt in whatever thickness you prefer
  • You will need stabilizer or interfacing (***see stabilizer capsule)
  • You will need either hand quilting thread (if you plan on hand quilting) or embroidery floss (if you're planning on a tied quilt)

crazy quilt lay out with sashing and cornerstones (not made of baby clothes)
crazy quilt lay out with sashing and cornerstones (not made of baby clothes)

Patch quilting with "sashing and cornerstones"

There is however also a different way to get keepsake quilt done (which is my favorite) that would be by using a solid good quality poly-blend between each square called sashing with cornerstones. The sashing creates a border or 'grid' around each of the quilting patches. The benefits are that each piece of the quilt will get stabilized. For this kind of quilt you will need to iron on interfacing to the back of you fabric if they're really thin or really-really stretchy.

Let me back track... to cut strips of non-stretch fabric and surround each of your clothes-patches would definitely be more work but it would also give a lot of different options to your quilt.

You will need less clothing items but more fabric. The sashing gives a border around each clothing patch therefore no need to be concerned about color clashing between the cloth-patches or the stretchy fabric stretching the squares and thus the whole quilt out of kilter and the cornerstones can also bring the backing fabric to the front or topper.

For a patch style twin size quilt with 2"/5cm wide sashing and cornerstones (with an approximate finished size of 68"/170cm x 90"/225cm) if you use 6" squares you will need 11 rows of 8 squares therefore 88 squares in total... plus the grid/sashing&cornerstones.

  • You will need: 7 yards/6.4meters of fabric for the backing, for the bias binding and the cornerstones. (remember to use good quality cotton or perma blend)
  • You will need: 2 yards/1.85meters of contrast fabric for the sashing
  • You will need batting for a twin sized quilt in whatever thickness you prefer
  • You will need some stabilizer or interfacing (***see stabilizer capsule) how much depends on how much stretchy fabric patches you have compared to non-stretchy.
  • You will need either hand quilting thread (if you plan on hand quilting) or embroidery floss (if you're planning on a tied quilt)
  1. You will have to cut 88 pieces of 6.5" x 6.5"/16.25cm x16.25cm clothing patches (the extra 1/2"/1.25cm is for the 1/4"/.625cm seam allowance.)
  2. You will have to cut 157 pieces of 6.5"x2.5"/16.25cmx6.25cm of for the sashing (this will give you 2" wide strips in between your squares as the 1/2"/1.25cm is for the 1/4"/.625cm seam allowance.)
  3. You will have to cut 70 pieces of 2.5"x2.5"/6.25cmx6.25cmm squares for the cornerstones. (this will give you 2"x2"/5cmx5cm squares in the corners, the 1/2"/1.25cm is for the 1/4"/.625cm seam allowance.)

Obviously if you prefer not to have the sashing strips  2" wide you can change that but then you will have to add extra squares onto your rows and extra rows to come up with the right quilt size.

Tips:

The one and only trick or tip I have given my students at every session is that with any type of quilt, it doesn't matter if it's a patch quilt like what you are building here or a very complex star motive specimen. The most important part is accurate cutting. If you have given the 1/4"/.625cm seam allowance and follow through with it when you're sewing, chances are you're right on the dot and your corners or points will line up when you're assembling your quilt.

Many, many times it's happened in the past and it will happen again and again. The excitement of making a quilt takes a-hold of the quilter and in the rush of getting to the sewing part the cutting gets slapped together and then when things don't match-up it gets really frustrating.

So here it goes: Take the time to cut accurately. To cut accurately your fabric, in this case baby clothes, has to be pressed flat. Look at each item separately and try to see what part is special, what part is the perfect eye-catcher. Those parts (squares) should be places in the center. The other parts that have no special features on them are going to be the (I call them) fillers.

~Once you have cut all your squares, find out how many eye-catcher squares you have then divi them up into all the rows then add your filler-squares.




12 steps to your quilt!

  1. Collect up enough baby clothes to cut out all the squares needed for the entire quilt topper.
  2. Using the rotary cutter, mat and ruler or template cut out the quilt blocks. Use all the buttons, any buttonholes or embroidery, any special hemlines, little pockets, as these squares will be the 'eye-drawes'. If these special features do not measure up to the 6.5"/16.25cm then you can sew them onto squares you have cut from your backing and/or border fabric. This is actually really great because I always think that it always looks really good when the backing colors get incorporate into the quilt topper too. If you're worried that you don't have enough you can make what I call combi-squares. For these combi squares you can take any of the 'clothes-fabric' leftovers that are not large enough to make a 6.5"/16.25cm x 6.5"/16.25cm square. You know the little lace covered sleeves of the baby blouse or part of a bonnet, bib etc. Or you can supplement your squares with printed woven cotton fabric squares on which you embroider. For example: the babies name, the birth date, birth place, name of birth hospital, weight of baby at birth etc... you get the picture... everything is of interest... time when first walked, spoke, smiled, giggled etc. your imagination and ideas can go wild here.
  3. If you're using knit fabrics, press the squares totally flat, press the stabilizer onto the back. Re-cut them true (square them up perfectly). (you can also baste the knit fabric onto a plain woven fabric if you decided not to buy iron-on interfacing)
  4. Arrange all the squares into rows and columns. Step back and have a look at your 'quilt'. do the colors work next to each other. If not you can easily move them now once they're sewn and you do not like the look of the arrangement it will be much more of a hassle.
  5. Stitch the rows together using a 1/4 inch seams.
  6. Press seams open. (usually seams in quilts get pressed to one side ... the darker side so that they not show through... I found that in the cases of these memory quilts because we are using so many different types of fabrics and thicknesses especially with the iron backing too, it works out better if the seams are pressed open... )
  7. Check with a quilt ruler to make sure that the squares are really 6"/15cm across. If they're not exact you will run into problems once you sew the rows together.
  8. Line up the strips right sides together, again make sure that the squares line up perfectly at the seams. Stitch. Repeat until all the rows have been pieced together. Remember to press seams open after each addition. Also after every row has been added measure to make sure you are still square on and not off kilter.
  9. Join your backing fabric together. Press seam open and as flat a possible. Lay your backing fabric wrong side up onto the floor, cover it with your batting, then the quilt top. This will form the quilt sandwich. Use safety pins through all the layers, start the pinning at the center and work out towards the edges. Don't be cheap with the pins. The more you pin the more solid your quilt sandwich will stay as you're basting or tying.
  10. If you're hand quilting, baste the 'sandwich' together (this way your thread will not get caught in the safety pins.) Quilt.
  11. Bind the quilt with bias tape
  12. Use yarn or embroidery floss to tie off each quilt square.

Quilting or tying is done so that the batting will stay secure and not migrate around when the quilt is being used and washed.

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Zsuzsy Bee 14 months ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thank you Babykidscaretips for reading and commenting. I can't remember anymore of how many of these fabulous quilts I have made over the years. Each one turns out so unique and grand just like the kids that the "fashion" comes from...

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babykidscaretips 14 months ago

Great Hub Post! This post contains detailed information on how to make quilt form baby's first clothes. Really, this is one of the way to use our little's one first clothes.


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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks for droping in Moonlake, I like the tshirt quilts too. My friends used to bring back a couple of tshirt from all the places they visited but they never had a chance to wear any of them because they were in a "dress-up-for-work" business. A couple of years ago they decided to downsize their home and brought me 4.1/2 garbage bags full of tshirts wondering if I knew some people who could use all of these treasures. I sugested the tshirt quilts to them and they were thrilled that they didn't have to give up on their memory keepsakes after all. I made them 4 King size quilts which they both love and use all the time.

thanks for reading and commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Love this project. Thanks.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

My friend is making t-shirt quilt for her friends daughters. They are so nice. Enjoyed reading your hub. Voted Up.


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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

joaniebaby, sorry for not replying earlier, I was away. Yes I think memory quilts are fun to make and to gift.

Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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joaniebaby 4 years ago

Thanks for the great idea. I have made several memory quilts, including t-shirt quilts and a handkerchief quilt made from my mother's fancy handkerchiefs. They are fun. I will watch for more of your "taeching" Hubs.


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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thank you for taking a look and for commenting Myawn. TShirt quilts can be a lot of fun.Good luck with yours.

regards Zsuzsy


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myawn 4 years ago from Florida

I have started a t-shirt quilt I got a lot out of the video make a T-shirt quilt about what to use for a backing to control stretching. Really nice info on this hub!


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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Angela P, thanks for visiting. It's a perfect idea to start saving those beautiful pieces now already. Remember to add a picture of the children wearing that particular item in a photo album. Believe me, after a while the memories can get a bit blurry. Not only will it help to remember what outfit was which childs but they will also love to walk down that memory lane with you.(and in some cases complain about the clothes you dressed them in--- ie: crimpelene pants in the 70's etc)

thanks for commenting and I hope you will have fun with this project over the coming years

regards Zsuzsy


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angela p 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

I would love to do one of these for my four children as a wedding gift. They are small now and I could save clothes along the way over the next few years. My grandmother quilted and gave all 66 of her grandchildren a quilt when they got married. Mine means the world to me. Love your hubs and can't wait to see more.


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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

K H Camp glad you stopped by for a visit. Thank you for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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K H Camp 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

What a great hub! This is a lovely idea. Voted up, liked, and rated.


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

flowers in gurgaon, my heart goes out to you. So sorry for your enormous loss.

When you're ready to make the quilt follow step by step the above hub. If you run into problems you can always contact me through hubpages here and I help you through it.

good luck

regards Zsuzsy


flowers in gurgaon 5 years ago

My 5 year old granson passed away on July 15th and I would love to make my daughter a quilt out of Coby's clothes for her, but I don't know where to begin and I don't want to ruin it. I have some sewing and quilting experience.


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Support Med, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

Hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

I started one some years ago, never finished and now do not know where it is, I think I left it when I moved here. Really did not know what I was doing, but I love quilts and would one day like to make them. Great! Bookmarked.Voted/rated.


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya Susan, how are you? I always find that the work that can go into some of these quilts can be just phenomenal and their beauty just amazing. So glad you stopped by.

Hope you and your family are well

regards Zsuzsy


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susansisk 5 years ago from Georgia, USA

I just was at a children's hospital with my granddaughter, and spent a lot of time admiring the quilts that decorated the halls. What a great project.


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Judicastro, thank you for pointing that usually seams in quilts get pressed to one side ... the darker side of the piece, so that they not show through... I forgot to explain why I press the seams open...

I found over the years that in most cases of these memory quilts, because we are using so many different types of fabrics and thicknesses especially with the iron backing too, it works out better if the seams are pressed open... the joints where the pieces are added together can become mighty thick which in itself can distort the squareness of the quilt. Believe me, I have tried it on many occasions but have always had to go back and flip the seams open.

Thank you for checking out the hub and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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Judicastro 5 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

Zsuzsy

Great hub! I am a quilter and have made many sizes. One of the things that a group I belonged to did was take t-shirts that belonged to a child that was graduating from high school and make a memory quilt for them to take to college. Love the baby clothes idea though. My only thought is that I have been taught not to press seams open but to press them towards the darkest piece. Just a thought. Thanks for all your hard work on this.


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Bayoulady, sewing is not for everyone. I have the patience of all patiences when it comes to sewing, embroidering, quilting, beading... you name it, but give me accounting and paperwork which I had to do for my tailorshop I hated every minute of it. I could find a million and one things to do just so I could procrastinate.

Take care

Zsuzsy


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bayoulady 5 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Yes, and yes.Lol!Too much for my right brain sanguine personality.Like Scarlett,I'd think about it tomorrow. No patience for it. Sister-in-law,meanwhile is a logical, "I will finish this" left brain gal.


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Bayoulady, ahhh you didn't like quilting? that's a shame. What part didn't you like? the cutting? the sewing?

Glad you stopped by and thanks for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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bayoulady 5 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

What a sweett way to save the baby clothes !I am in awe of this hub! Your hubs are always excellent, but this is beyond that! I don't think you left out a thing. I helped make one quilt, and I found out I truly hate the process, but love the product!lol!


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

GiftedGrandma aren't these quilts just soooo much fun to make? I even enjoy making memory quilts for people I don't know.

thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Laura, how are you? Glad you're back I missed you. Thanks for reading and for commenting.

Hope every thing is well in your neck of the woods

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

singlmomat52, always glad when you drop in for a visit. I have been an avid quilter for more than 25 years, but then I love everything to do with 'hand-work'.

Like I said in one of my other sewing hubs I want to infect as many people as possible with the sewing-bug.

Hope your well

regards Zsuzsy


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GiftedGrandma 5 years ago from USA

I have made some in various sizes over many years. Simple nothing elaborate. Great hub :O)


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Laura du Toit 5 years ago from South Africa

What an excellent idea and such a well-planned and presented Hub! Well done !


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singlmomat52 5 years ago

Zsuzsy that was a awesome hub!! I love quilts, I have only made 2 in my life and both were for a baby. These are all wonderful tips and instructions. Well done my friend!!!


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

vocalcoach, what a nice comment. Although I'm and old shoe already here on hubpages (three years on the 27th of October) it would have been nice being a hubnugget.

thank you

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

dallas93444, what a fabulous gift to get from your grandma. Not only will you cherish the quilt but also that she made it.

thanks for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hello, hello, it is easy to make. I sure hope many will get inspired, try and then come back and tell how it went.

thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

hope you're well

regards Zsuzsy


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Magnificent hub on making a memory quilt. So much great information. Helpful videos and links. A hub that deserves a nomination for a hubnugget. Wonderful!


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

My grandmother gave these to special people. I still have mine...


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Those memory quilts are really a great idea. Thank you for showing and making it look so easy to do them. Great hub


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

kimh039, what a nice comment thank you. It took longer to edit the hub then to write it. It originally was a monster hub that I'm sure no-one would have wanted to read but there is just so much more that I want to pass on that I think I will make into another hub in a bit.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya breakfastpop always glad when you drop in for a visit. Coffee, Tea? Memory quilts have been getting more popular, that's for sure.

thanks for commenting

regards Zsuzsy


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kimh039 5 years ago

This was a very complex hub Zsuzsy Bee; extremely well organized and presented. Thank you for taking the time to put it together.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

What a perfectly lovely idea!


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

donnaleemason, glad you stopped by for a visit. Thanks for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

heart4theword, I love making these memory quilts and am lucky to have regular orders. 2 orders are due by Christmas and 1 more by the end of January.

Thanks for taking a look and for commenting

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Lily Rose I can be watching over your shoulder. If you have any questions just send them my way and I will help. Honey, remember you can't go wrong because making this quilt is a labor of love. Whatever you see as right is the way it should be. The technical bits of quilt making can be learned.

You can do this... just remember my main tip... cut accurately and the rest will follow

good luck

you know how to reach me

Zsuzsy


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donnaleemason 5 years ago from North Dakota, USA

Brilliant idea and brilliantly written Zsuzsy.


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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

What a great idea:) Thanks for sharing the quilting stitch too! I'm sure there are many who don't have the time to quilt, yet would love to pay someone...to especially make a memory quilt:) Great Hub!


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Lily Rose 5 years ago from East Coast

Wow - I'm so honored to have been your inspiration for this hub! I'm also a bit overwhelmed with the thought of tackling this project by myself - I wish I had you here to watch over my shoulder. Gosh, I better pull out the clothing bins now and get choosing .... thanks for this, Zsuzsy Bee!!

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