Fabric carries memories that can instantly transport us to another place and time. I think this is one of my favorite things about quilting! Katy here from KatyQuilts to share with you some ideas for recycling old clothing into memory quilts.
Quilts Can Be Made with Anything
After my dad passed away, I brought home a box of his button-down shirts. It took a long time before I was able to open that box. It was emotional and difficult, but it was also the beginning of healing. I made quilts for my mom, my siblings, and myself. It was a powerful way of processing my grief.
To Remember A Loved One
I began by deconstructing the shirts and creating piles six layers deep for my GO! Dies, and ten layers deep for my AccuQuilt Studio dies, including the Studio Setting Triangles-8" Finished Die. Then, it was time for die-cutting.
This quilt for my brother used just Shape 8 from the 12” Qube.
I had strips and strings left, but they didn’t go to waste! I used the Studio Diamond 60 Degree-6 1/2" Sides (6" Finished) Die to cut diamonds out of muslin.
Then, I used these as foundation pieces and sewed my strings onto that base. After sewing, I trimmed the excess to the edge of the foundation diamond.
Once I had made enough diamonds, I made this quilt for myself.
To Welcome A New Baby
Memory quilts aren’t just to comfort those left behind. I made baby quilts for each of my grandchildren out of dress shirts that had been worn by their Papa, their daddies, and their uncles to welcome them into the world!
For this one, I used the GO! Kite-4” Finished Die.
I used the GO! Half Rectangle Triangle-3" x 6" Finished Rectangle Die for another grandchild's quilt, but you could also use Shape 14 from the GO! Qube 12” Companion Set-Angles.
This hourglass pattern uses Shape 4 from the 12” Qube.
Use Recycled Fabric For Your Next Quilting Project
Before you throw that old, worn, or torn shirt away, think of the possibilities! It might just be the beginning of an heirloom and/or a way to remember a loved one.
If you use the ideas from this post to make a memory quilt of your own, we want to see it! Post your project on social media using the hashtag #AccuQuiltBuilt and tag @katyquilts and @AccuQuilt.