Memory Quilt part 1

February 12, 2014By 28 Comments

Howdy everyone! Nice of you to stop by!

Kristina’s coworker asked if we could make a memory quilt for her grandmother.   Well, quilting is something we are interested in learning so we said, Yes!

Diagonal Memory Quilt

It turned out in the end so here is how we did it:


Step 1: Cut the sleeves, buttons and collar area off the shirts – also remove the shoulders if it’s double thick.


You end up with this and you make your daughter wear it the rest of the day!


And this pile you save for later:

Next you take your pile of shirts and cut them into squares (if doing a square quilt like we did). We decided to use the pockets so we made a template for the squares and the pocket.


We added a bit of sandpaper to the flip side of the templates to give some grip.


Or you can lay out your cloth, square it up and then cut squares. Your choice!


You end up with a stack of squares and two baggies of useable scraps:


Next we sprayed starch onto the squares and ironed them – this was a wonderful tip I found and made a HUGE difference. I covered my ironing board with a pillowcase to protect it from the starch. You can’t see the difference in the picture but trust me, starch was needed and necessary!


Finally lay out the squares to figure out the pattern you like best.


Following the pattern, I stacked up each row of squares in order and numbered them.


Next step sew them together! Let’s take a break here and finish up later, come back and see how it works out! 

Thanks for reading, Millie & Kristina


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  1. My husband actually wanted to do this with some of his old (college t-shirts) for sentimental value. I am so passing this onto him, because I think he is crafty enough to just pull it off. Thanks ladies for sharing 🙂

    • I am trying a t-shirt one for my son next. Just tell him – spray starch!! OMG I am so in love with it, totally made it so much easier to use these floppy little squares once the stiffened up. (Oh, lol, spray starch – viagra for cloth! HA!!)

  2. Vickie says:

    Good morning Millie and Kristina! I love the new shawl look! 🙂 This is a nice memory quilt and I think your coworker’s grandma will love it!

  3. LydiaF says:

    I confess, I cut a quilt and moved (twice) with the fabric still cut hahaha. It will be nice to see you complete the project. I’ve pinned it to my Vicarious Crafting board 🙂

  4. Allie says:

    What a GREAT quilt! Love that its made of shirts! Thank you so much for sharing it on Worthwhile Wednesdays!
    ~Allie @

  5. I love it. Super special!!

  6. Jann Olson says:

    I know that it is going to be fabulous! My sis made a yo yo quilt from my mothers old clothing and it is darling. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. Marti says:

    I LOVE this idea….I’ve been wanting to do this with all my daughter’s tshirts from high school. I love the sandpaper you used for the template, and starch idea! I was worried my squares would not all be straight, but with these tips I think I can do this and it not turn out crooked! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!


  8. Great idea, I actually thought about making one after the death of my grandmother, you may have motivated me again. Thank you for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty. Have a great week.

  9. Crystelle says:

    What a gorgeous quilt and precious heirloom! I bet your co-worker was VERY happy…. 🙂
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  10. Sara says:

    I’d so love to make my kiddos their own memory quilts!
    Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. I can’t wait to see what you share next week!

  11. I REALLY want to learn how to sew. I wish I had my grandma teach me before she passed away, it’s not something I ever thought I would want to know how to do, until now. Maybe someday I’ll teach myself!! The quilt came out great! Thanks so much for linking up with us at the MaMade Blog Hop! Don’t forget to stop back next week to link up again and see if you’ve been featured! 🙂 Have a great week!

    • No regrets Michelle – go learn how to do it before you look back 10 years from now and realize you still didn’t learn. It can be such fun and it’s a craft you can teach yourself with all the videos and online classes!

  12. Dolly Sarrio says:

    Hi I wanted to let you know that over at Hibiscus House Farmgirl Post I featured you from last week with this great post.
    Thanks and come visit,

  13. I love this!! I am very interested in learning to quilt, so I am pinning this post for later! 🙂

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