Memory quilts are such a pleasure to make. So much so because I know that everything going in to it is treasured by the family who asked me to make it.
Recently I was commissioned to make one for a little girl called Freya who just celebrated her 1st birthday. Her mom and dad wanted something special to mark the occasion and a keepsake that wasn’t just a folded bundle of her old clothes that may some day find it’s way in to the loft.
I make two kinds of memory quilt, the first being a patchwork made up of old baby clothes, blankets or keepsakes and the second being a cotton patchwork with whole baby outfits appliqued on top. Examples of both can be seen in my QUILT IT album.
The quilt I made for Freya is a combination of both!
The patchwork is a combination of pink and white cottons and blocks from Freya’s baby clothes. I kept some of the items detailing such as poppers, frills and ruffles so the odd square has a touch of texture to it and the hearts in all four corners are made from the front, back and inside of a little pair of trousers she once fit in. It’s hard to see from the photograph but each heart has a seam down the middle as I had to construct them from tiny pieces that reflected her tiny legs!
As an aside here I’d like to point out that working with jersey applique is a b*tch because it moves and stretches so much. Yet with enough patience the results are worth it. End of the aside.
We decided to keep one whole outfit, a cute little romper with matching hat that I stitched on to the top of the patchwork. All the clothes that Freya’s mom chose match the colours of her room which is pink, white and a blue/green colour which I pulled out and used for her name. I love the contrast and how bold it is against the rest of the quilt…I hope Freya will too when she is older!