Sam’s Memory Quilt

From Start to Finish

It started as a bag of clothes, someone’s treasured baby clothes, back in April this year and it felt very ruthless to start chopping them up into pieces. But I built up the pieces into patches and over the summer it slowly turned into a quilt, a memory quilt.

It was definitely not the easiest of projects to do as most of the outfits were made of stretchy fabrics and baby grows. But I took my time when cutting and sewing to not stretch the fabric at all and I’m glad to say it came together very well.

Memory Quilt in Progress

The Quilting

This was a mix of ‘free motion‘ and ‘contour‘ quilting techniques.

I tried using some complementary designs when doing the quilting to tie in with the theme of the patch, such as pebbles under the bus and paw prints around the bear for example. This also gives added interest.

Finishing the Quilt

It was made into a single bed quilt for a little boy called Sam using the ‘quilt as you go‘ method of joining groups of pre-quilted patches together with strips. (This can be more easily seen on the reverse of the quilt).

This technique enables you to make a larger quilt more easily on a domestic machine, without the need for hand quilting or paying out a fortune to have it quilted on a ‘long arm quilting’ machine, which you probably know can cost hundreds of pounds.

Quilt as You Go strips on the reverse of the quilt.

I hope you like ‘Sam’s Quilt’. His mum and dad have it now, so I can finally show you the finished result.

Sam’s finished quilt


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