The Memory Quilt

I finished piecing all the blocks for the memory quilt. I mis-calculated, so there are 12 repeat blocks. Otherwise, all of the blocks are made of a different center square. There are 156 blocks. The finished quilt will be 90″ X 97.5″. That is the biggest quilt I have made in a long time.

I sewed the blocks into panels either 4X4 or 3X4, and made them into quilt sandwiches. The idea is that it will be easier to embroider around each block in this smaller size. I steamed the layers together and then actually quilted at the seam lines and basted around the outer edge. And then I will sew them together into one big quilt–that quilt-as-you-go thing. I have never done this, but Katie PM does it quite often and demonstrated it at the class I took from her. It looked easy.

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I finished the embroidery on one panel. Only 144 blocks to go 🙂 It takes quite a bit of time to embroider around one block–usually an evening. This quilt might take a LONG time to completely finish!

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One of the ideas I had was that these would be good projects to work on after I have my knee surgery in July. So I’m happy to have all 12 of these mini-quilts ready to go, waiting in my closet.

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I still love store-bought fabrics. Its just fabulous to find fabric that someone else designed, but that has your own color and design aesthetic all ready for you to use. Elephants were my favorite wild animal as a kid, and after I went to Africa, I collected quite a few elephant fabrics.

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You can see I am still using my same simple stitches in various combinations.

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So far this has been a completely enjoyable project. I loved going through my stash and cutting out squares of all the fabrics that I liked, and so many that held special memories for me.

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Of course, this is not the only project I am working on. I will try to catch you up on some of the other projects in the next week or two.

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9 thoughts on “The Memory Quilt

    • I’m having total knee replacement surgery 😦

      I was impressed with Katie’s quilts. They are art quilts, and very nicely finished. I never would have known they were quilt as you go unless she told us!

  1. Hi Debbie, as an elephant lover you will be pleased to know that Sydney’s Toronga Park Zoo had a dear little baby boy elephant born a couple of days ago.

    • Oh, how wonderful! You just reminded me of the last time I visited the Fort Worth Zoo. They had two baby elephants, and my brother and I spent a long time just watching them.

  2. Love the whole concept of a memory quilt and I love that you will have such a sweet project to work on as you recover from knee surgery! And as always, I just adore the close ups of your hand embroidery…your work is so pretty!

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