5 Free Memory Quilt Ideas

Learn About Making Memory Quilts & Personalized Quilts with this Free Download

Memory quilts–incorporating photos, ephemera, remnants of fabric or clothing from the past, and more—are a way of honoring a loved one, an event, or family history. These personalized quilts (popularized in the mid-1800s and sometimes referred to as “memorial quilts”) tell a story that can be passed down through the generations.

In this free eBook, Quilting Daily shows how to make a memory quilt in many forms, including fabric collage, small journal quilts, and even a photo memory fabric book. You’ll learn creative techniques to ; a new and creative approach to making memory quilts by exploring original techniques, playful ideas, and colorful concepts.

Who doesn’t have buttons passed down from grandmother’s sewing basket, black-and-white photos of ancestors, sweet pictures your children (or you) drew in kindergarten, yellowed letters capturing decades-old conversations, a scrap of lace from a loved one’s gown, or photos from a special vacation that you want to keep but don’t know how to display? Making memory quilts (or fabric books and fiber collages) allows you to bring these elements together in a permanent and artistic way.

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Create each of these designs with these inspired memory quilt patterns.

Celebrate the old and new with these free memory quilts patterns!

Each of the quilting experts featured in this eBook takes her own approach, providing you with memory quilt ideas and techniques to create your own projects. Use techniques like fabric collage, journaling, photo transfers, or mixed media to go beyond traditional memory quilt patterns. Tell a story, quilt your memories, create an heirloom using your personal style with this free eBook.


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Quilt #1

Create a Fragment Fabric Book by Lesley Riley 

Bookmaking with fabric collage is a fun and liberating way to combine fabric, ephemera, and your memory quilt ideas. A memory book is less intimidating than creating an entire quilt, because you work on one page spread at a time but still create something meaningful and lasting. And once you cut your pages to size, all the measuring is over.

Scrap Memory Quilt: Scrap Wisdom- Collage Journal Quilting by Margaret Applin

Quilt #2

Scrap Wisdom: Collage Journal Quilting by Margaret Applin

With this design you’ll learn how to make a memory quilt by experimenting with paper and paint techniques, including collage and journaling. Get inspired with backgrounds of photos, paint, stamping, images, screen printing, pieces of scrap, and more. Add words that inspire you or bring back meaningful memories. Bring your designs back to fabric and incorporate them into a finished quilt.

Memory Quilt Ideas: Holographic Memories by Wen Redmond

Quilt #3

Holographic Memories by Wen Redmond

With your computer, printer, digital camera, and imagination, you can create the effect of holographic pictures and design beautiful photo memory quilts. These unusual pictures are multi-level so when you view them you see a 3-D image. This technique is also great for creating memorial quilts that are sure to be treasured!

Memory Quilts Patterns: Memory Narrative by Judy Murrah

Quilt #4

A Memory Narrative by Judy Murrah

This is a perfect photo memory quilt project for beginner quilters who are still getting used to working with fabric and batting. Since these collages require minimal measuring and precision, they’re a fun and easy way to experiment with fabrics. Use old photos, quotes, poems, jewelry, buttons, and other trinkets to create your own memory narrative. A tulle pocket can be attached on the back to hold invitations, photos, or other flat memorabilia for a truly personalized quilt.

Memory Quilt Book: Canvas Books by Alisa Burke

Quilt #5

Stitched Layers by Patricia Gaignat

Blend mixed media with stitch to record your memories. Experiment with some canvas, gesso, and paint to design out of the ordinary custom quilts, incorporating memories, souvenirs and feelings into a piece of art. Your work will look like a portion of a journal, allowing you to record conversations, thoughts, events and atmosphere into one piece of fabric art.

Make a memory out of your quilts with this free photo/memory quilts eBook!

With this free eBook we wanted to think of how we could enliven the concept of memory quilt patterns. So we assembled some of our favorite projects that incorporate personal images, writings, and mementos in artful and unusual ways to provide you with the inspiration to create your own quilts.

Personalizing is a huge part of the entire process, from design strategies to finishing and embellishment; get your eBook and see how the experts do it. Plus, you can also use these ideas to create memorial quilts to remember the life of a loved one, using a selection of clothing and personal items. Start preserving your family history, or tell your story with this free download!

Learn how to create photo memory quilts with all sorts of effects, like this quilt.