How to Make A Baby Memory Quilt
Learn to Make A Baby Memory Quilt
Some of you may remember those satin baby books many families used for all their precious keepsakes. You could find locks of hair, photos of first steps and so many other milestones. Sometimes there were written notes from family and friends commemorating a new family member. As quilters, we see this as an opportunity to create another way to share those memories. If you don’t know how to make a baby memory quilt, this is a great place to start.
This quilt is a beautifully personalized, and unique baby quilt that will be cherished for a lifetime. Made by Peggy Tierney, a reader of this website, this baby gift carries messages from many different family members. When she shared her quilt with me, I knew how much everyone would enjoy it. If you want to learn how to make a baby memory quilt, you’ll really enjoy her approach.
Include Personalized Quilt Blocks in Your Baby Memory Quilt
This baby memory quilt is constructed of blocks made by family and friends of the expectant parents. Peggy plans a color theme and sends 6 ½” fabric squares to a list of names provided by the family. She includes a letter with all the details, emphasizing the return due date. She also offers ideas for personalizing each block from stitchery to permanent fabric markers. Everything must be securely attached to avoid any choking hazards. Peggy also requests a ½” margin around the block for seam allowances.
The beauty is how every family member may contribute to this quilt. A simple written message will have as much meaning as more elaborate sewn blocks. This collaboration of love for a new family member has such incredible significance. Imagine a child growing up with this quilt as a constant reminder of all those who love them. Many family members may not live close by, but they certainly won’t be forgotten.
How to Make A Simple Memory Quilt
Make A Lattice Patchwork Memory Quilt
This quilt’s lattice patchwork construction creates a neutral background that highlights and frames each block. Otherwise combining this many different style blocks could become a bit chaotic. Instead, the repeating block colors add continuity as a beautiful background for the collection of everyone’s handwork.
Start by laying out finished blocks in a pleasing design. These multiple block colors add pops of visual interest across the entire quilt. Once your quilt blocks are in place, begin sewing rows together. Place the lattice strips between each block as your rows are sewn.
After completing all the rows, measure the length of each one. Determine the average length to cut all your lattice strips. When you begin sewing your rows together to complete your quilt, add a lattice row at the beginning, at the end, and in between every row. This will frame each block by the background fabric.
Finishing Your Lattice Patchwork Memory Quilt
Prepare your quilt top for quilting, cut your batting, and the backing fabric. Before basting your quilt layers together, be sure to add your quilt label to the backing. This is a great opportunity to share a bit of the story behind the quilt.
Then decide how to quilt your project. Peggy chose to tie her quilt which is a quick and easy method. You may also consider straight-line quilting along the lattice strips to further emphasize their frame effect. Once quilted, finish with an attractive border and your quilt is ready for giving!
Family Memory Quilt Ideas
Quilters have been designing memory quilts of all kinds for many years. Any quilt made to evoke past memories is considered a memory, keepsake, or heritage quilt. Originally made from clothing, these quilts showcased major life events. Their designs may include family memorabilia, photographs, or written messages from loved ones. What makes a keepsake quilt so heartfelt is the love wrapped within each special memento.
Autograph quilts are another favorite quilt style. Generally made with a block and lattice design, the signature squares are light colored so messages may be written. These quilts may be signed at birthdays, graduations, weddings, or even as farewell gifts. By combining favorite colors and themes, quilters can create personalized mementos for any celebration.
How to Personalize a Baby Memory Quilt
How to make a baby memory quilt with photos
Today’s technology offers a very easy way to add full color images to your memory quilt. An example of how vivid these images are, look at this Family Memory Quilt I made a few years ago. With an inkjet printer and some White Printer Fabric, you can print images on fabric and sew them right into your quilt blocks. Just be sure not to use the iron-on version, or you’ll lose your images after the first wash. Yes, I know from experience!
So next time you’re thinking about quilting a special gift for a new mom or to celebrate Mother’s Day, consider a memory quilt. You have limitless possibilities to customize just the perfect quilt that will be treasured forever.