Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Memory Quilt {tutorial}

A little over a year ago my brother got married in Florida. And this past week I finally finished his wedding present. Cause I’m that awesome. It’s also possibly because I got pregnant the week after his wedding, but whatever. At any rate, I had wanted to make something really personal to my brother and his bride. So I decided to make a memory quilt. It’s super easy, even if you know nothing about quilting (which I don’t). Plus it makes a great keepsake for any special occasion.

Supplies Needed:

  • White cotton fabric cut into squares (mine were 1” but you could go smaller. Totally your preference)
  • Batting
  • Fabric for the back (I pieced together some plain purple. I chose not to go patterned so the focus would be on the squares)
  • Fabric markers and crayons

Step 1: First you need to get all your squares filled out. I set out the squares with the markers and crayons at both my sister-in-law’s bridal shower and their actual wedding. They had a small wedding so if I had just done it then I might not have had enough squares! The guests had lots of fun writing notes, coloring pictures, etc. Just make sure they know to leave a 1/4-1/2” space around the edges.

Step 2: Decide how you want to piece it together. I laid out all the squares and then rearranged them to how I thought would look best.  And yes my white fabric actually had polka dots. I like the extra oomph it added.

personalized memory quilt

Step 3: After laying out my fabric I decided that I needed to break up the squares a bit. So I grabbed some of the purple fabric and cut strips the width of my yardstick. Starting with the first horizontal row I put a strip of purple to the right side of the farthest left square. Pin, sew, press. Then I repeated until I had the entire row connected with purple strips, creating one nice long row. Repeat for all the rows.

personalized memory quilt

Step 4: Now cut some nice long strips the same width. Connect the horizontal rows with these strips. Pin, sew, press. Here’s what the front looked like with all the pieces sewn together:

personalized memory quilt

Step 5: Cut your batting to be about an inch larger than the front on all sides. Now cut your backing fabric to be about an inch and half larger than that (I had to sew a couple pieces together to get the size I wanted. I just sewed right sides together then press open. Place the backing fabric down first, right side down. Next place the batting. Finally the front, right side up. Now for the edging. I tried to make this really easy on myself because I am not a quilter. I simply folded the backing in about a half inch, then folded in again a little over an inch, making for it overlapped the front of the quilt. I pressed the folds in place and pinned all the layers together. Then I sewed. Make sure you get all four layers in when you sew (folded back piece, front, batting, back). For the edges I simply sewed the bottoms first, then folded the sides and sewed, as seen in the picture.

personalized memory quilt

I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out and what’s more important is that the bride and groom are too!

personalized memory quilt

Now the (somewhat) newlyweds can snuggle together with memories of their wedding.

So what are some of your favorite personalized gifts to make?


  1. How fun is this!
    What a great memory quilt! Good for you for putting it together!

  2. What a neat project! I love the idea of a memory quilt. Thanks so much for sharing on Show & Tell at SNAP! xoxo

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