Memory quilts can take many forms and fiber artists create them for many reasons. A memory quilt can be made with clothing, such as a t-shirt quilt or an art quilt that features fabric or even an entire garment from a loved one. Image transfers are often used to make photo memory quilts. And journal quilts can record memories from even ordinary days with a design from your imagination.
Here are four memory quilt ideas for you to consider:
1. Create custom quilts from children's artwork. Graduate that masterpiece from the fridge to a gallery wall with a quilt pieced from fabrics.
|Custom quilt from a child's drawing
by Tammie Bowser.
2. Make story quilts or fabric books to preserve family history. Use transfer paper to apply durable images of family photos, old letters, and other ephemera to fabric.
|One of a series of small memory quilts preserving
family history by Lesley Riley.
3. Make personalized quilts from garments:
a. For a memorial quilt that keeps a loved one close, many quilters choose to incorporate fabric from their clothing-such as a patchwork quilt made from an assortment of Grandpa's flannel shirts or an art quilt with Mom's favorite apron as the focal point.
|Memory quilt made from a collection of
space-themed t-shirts, by Trish Bowman.
b. To celebrate a child's school years or a friend's passion for rock bands, you can make a quilt from a collection of t-shirts (providing the owner no longer wears them). A t-shirt-style memory quilt is an easy way to get a young person interested in quilting and a good way to re-use fabric that might otherwise be thrown out.
So look through your photos, closets, and dresser drawers for inspiration and design your own memory quilt. For instructions, fiber artists Trish Bowman, Tammie Bowser, Martha DeLeonardis, Lesley Riley all teach you how to make a memory quilt using different methods in the new season of "Quilting Arts TV, " series 1500.
P.S. Have you made a memory quilt before? What inspired you and how did you create it? Leave your comment below.