What is a Memory Quilt? A way to keep memories with you
A Memory Quilt is a quilt that contains bits of fabric that have emotional significance to either the maker or the receiver of the quilt. They’re meant to spark happy memories each time you use or even look at the quilt.
Quilts and blankets are wonderful comfort objects. They provide warmth and coziness in any situation, no matter if they function as blankets or wall decorations.
A Quilt can be wrapped around your person, or they’re displayed on a wall and keep the room warm, both emotionally with their lovely colour schemes and physically by adding an extra layer of insulation to the room.
But what if you wanted to take it one step further? How do you add that extra layer of comfort to your quilts? You make them into memory quilts!
What is a memory quilt?
A Memory Quilt is a quilt that contains bits of fabric that have emotional significance to either the maker or the receiver of the quilt. They’re meant to spark happy memories each time you use or even look at the quilt. A memory quilt is meant to keep memories alive.
Memory quilts are hugs in blanket form. They can offer just a bit of extra comfort and can help combat homesickness, grief, and offer happy reminiscing moments.
They can be difficult to make, and some professional quilters won’t work on them as their materials are too precious. They also tend to require extra supplies, depending on what type of memory quilt is being made and the fabrics being used.
How do you add that extra layer of comfort to your quilts? You make them into memory quilts!
What are the popular types of Memory Quilts?
There are a few different types of memory quilts that are currently popular among quilters.
A memory quilt to remember a lost loved one
Made from clothes, blankets, or any other object the deceased loved one used that is made of fabric. These quilts are meant to bring comfort in a time of grief to those who have been left behind by the deceased and offer them happy memories to help them heal in a healthy manner.
- An example of this is the memory quilt Floor made with sister's clothes.
Memory Quilt from Baby Clothes
Memory quilts made from baby clothes have been the talk of many baby showers.
These quilts are made of significant pieces of a child’s wardrobe, usually when the child is all grown up for nostalgic purposes, and gifted to the adult child once they have their own children. Most of these quilts are functional, but sometimes they’re not, as they’ve included buttons and other small pieces that could be considered a choking hazard for little ones.
Memory quilts are hugs in blanket form.
Memory quilt with T-Shirt
T-shirt's memory quilts are quilts that are made out of pieces of significant t-shirts.
These are really popular as graduation gifts. Significant t-shirts include shirts collected throughout high school, sports themed shirts, shirts from a specific trip or multiple trips, and so on. These can also double as a Memory Quilt for a Lost Loved One. if you make it out of someone’s favourite shirts in life.
Autograph Memory Quilts to remember special occasions
Autograph memory quilts have been all the rage at parties like bridal or baby showers or even weddings and graduation parties to replace the traditional guestbook or act as a yearbook type of souvenir.
Each guest is given the chance to sign their name, draw a picture, or add their handprint to the fabric using a marker or paint. These quilts aren’t usually used as blankets, but hung up on the wall as decoration due to the fragility of the autographs themselves.
Memory quilts offer just a bit of extra comfort and can help combat homesickness, grief, and offer happy reminiscing moments.
Tips on techniques to make a memory quilt
Depending on the type of t-shirts and other materials being used, you may find that you need to use stabilizer to make sure that the design on the shirt doesn’t end up warped. Knit fabrics are known to stretch and warp as you cut, sew, and quilt. By using a stabilizer, you’re just giving the fabric a little bit of an extra thickness to keep it from stretching while you work.
- You can join Quilt College or the 'A Taste of Quilting' quilt a long to get started on your first memory quilt!
Conclusions: Memory quilts keep their value
Memory quilts are truly a treasure to behold. They offer an added emotional connection to a handmade item. They make amazing projects for yourself as well as gifts for others whom you cherish. You’ll love being able to turn memories into something tangible and cozy!
- Do you have a memory quilt? If yes, where did you get it.
- Do you have clothes you'd like to turn into a lasting memory?
Let me know in the comments so we can get to know each other!
Ps. If you want to share a story about your memory quilt, email me. I'll feature you in a blogpost and use your photo as an example.