My memory quilts or keepsake quilts are made from a patchwork of your precious clothing, with a filling and a soft cotton backing. I can work with almost any clothing from your baby’s first ever outfit to your grandmother’s favourite cardigan.
It is all about what holds special memories for you.
My quilts come in two sizes
- Small quilt: 24” x 32”
- Large quilt: 36” x 44”
The quilt front is made from a patchwork of clothing. The majority of the patchwork section is made up of 4″ squares, with some 2”x8” and 4”x8” rectangles too to add interest and depending what details from the clothing I use.
& the other elements
The binding (the strip of fabric that runs around the edge of the quilt) can be
- light pink
- dark pink
- light blue
- dark blue
all with white spots. If you would like to have a different colour there will be an additional charge of £5 to cover my time sourcing the fabric and any wastage.
The back of the quilt is made from soft brushed cotton in
- plain pink
- plain white
- plain blue
If you would like to have a different colour there will be an additional charge of £10 to cover my time sourcing the fabric and any wastage.
The quilt filling or wadding is either a cotton blend or a polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. Traditional quilt wadding is considerably thinner than a modern duvet so the appearance will be different.
Embroidery is included in the price. For baby clothes quilts I can embroider names, dates, birth weight and birth time for you onto one of the squares.For bereavement quilts I can embroider a name, or simple phrases such as ‘with love’, ‘dearest friend’ depending on what you would like.
How much clothing will I need?
- Small quilts will need a minimum of 15-18 babygros* or 6+ medium adult t-shirts*
- Large quilts will need a minimum of 20-25 babygros* or 9+ medium adult t-shirts*
* I can work with any clothing so long as it is not very thick. I use babygros and t-shirts as a guide to the quantity. So lay out the items you would like included in your quilt and check that it fits the quantity I need. Any doubts email me on email@example.com and let me know what you have so I can advise you what quantity you will need. If the majority of your quilt is to be made from 0-3 months clothing or smaller I will need more clothing so I have enough fabric to work with.
If any particular piece of clothing holds extra special memories for you let me know and I will use more of it whenever possible.
The beautiful quilt below is sewn from red pink and blue baby and toddler clothing and bedding. It includes a Christmas jumper dress, a frilled swimming costume, and extra texture as I used the pockets and buttons from the clothing.
On the bottom left is a Minnie Mouse applique that came from a sleeping bag. Towards the top near the name is a tea cup applique from a baby quilt. I will always use as many details from your items as I can, so your quilt is 100% personal to you.
And this next quilt is also sewn from toddler clothing, and some other fabrics that hold special memories for this family. You can see the patchwork top is made from squares and large and small rectangles. These are cut to make the most of the features from the clothing.
As ever, if you have any clothing that is particularly special to you, or that has particular elements you love let me know.
I send out a booking in email with each order. This email includes questions such as which clothes hold the most special memories for you? And what embroidery would you like? Your keepsake is all about holding onto your precious memories, so just let me know so I can make you the most perfect keepsake.