Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday all!  This week I’m working on something different, it’s a memory quilt for a friend’s son who will be graduating this year.

2014 04 09 woyww making a memory quilt

It’s more than just a t-shirt quilt, although there are plenty of those included. His mom also wanted a number of photos, pieces of special blankets, baby outfits and even a bitty backpack! I’m not sure how I’ll include the super hero cape his grandma made him, but we’ll figure it out. 🙂

On the workdesk you see some of the photos already printed onto fabric. Since the quilt squares will be 14 x 14 inches and I can only print the photos on 8.5 x 11 inch sheets, the blocks will have to be pieced together. I’ll also be hand appliqueing a few photos across the seams.  The photo blocks will end up looking like scrapbook pages.

That pile in the upper right is a bunch of scraps from t-shirts I’ve already cut up. Thankfully it’s all starting to come together.

Btw, if you’ve ever thought of putting together a t-shirt/memory quilt, I wrote a post a while back with several Tips For Making T-Shirt Quilts.

Happy creating!

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26 thoughts on “WOYWW – Making a Memory Quilt

    1. His mom put so much thought into the things that were included, I’m sure he will love it. Have a good week, Nikki!

  1. G’day Sandy. Happy WOYWW day to you. I’m a returning WOYWW member after a long 6 months plus break. That’s an awesome idea and good luck with the memory quilt. I’m sure he will love it!!
    Annette In Oz #23

  2. That will be a wonderful keepsake when it is finished. I’ve seen some great tshirt quilts, but I always shy away from knits/stretchy fabrics. I’ve been saving my son’s old jeans to make him a quilt with.

    Fiona #48

    1. The secret to making t-shirt quilts is to iron lightweight fusible interfacing to the back. Then it won’t stretch out of shape.

  3. Wow Sandy, that’s not a commission – it’s a labour of love! I want one! I swear, I’m going to be the sort of Grandma that makes super hero capes!

  4. What a wonderful gift for him, Sandy. It sounds very complicated, but worth every stitch. He will be blown away. Have a fab week, and remember to show us the finished quilt. Chris # 35 xx

  5. Ahhh a memory quilt. I’ve always wanted to do one but have never quite attempted it.
    Here from WOYWW. Happy Wednesday!
    Cathy #80

  6. Sounds a very exciting project, especially for me who never made a quilt in her life… but really many times I decided to sew from fabric but finally I end up by my paint brush. Happy WOYWW! Ruth aka Lerusho

  7. What a brilliant idea, Sandy! This is new to me. We are many years since our son went away to college, but I will pass this idea on to my DIL as an idea for when the grandsons go to college. I think it’s fantastic!! Thanks for stopping by my place today. I’m delighted to meet you!! Have a great week!! Hugs, Darnell #26

  8. Hi there… Super idea for a memory quilt. amazing!
    Now if messy desks are fun (which they really are) , then I am having a super duper FUN time. LOL
    Thanks for sharing your desk.
    happy WOYWW
    kimmer #103 (last again for the 4th time , I really don’t plan this) LOL

  9. What a great desk with an amazing idea of a memory quilt I had not seen one before – thanks for visiting my blog – I have some blog candy if you are interested – have a great week – Nicky #6

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