Saturday, December 20, 2014

His: Saturday Snapshots - Memory Quilt

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Today we are linking up with Melinda at West Metro Mommy for Super Saturday Snapshots.

I was asked to make something as a Christmas gift using some old nightgowns. The nightgowns belonged to the client's grandmother and the gift was for her mother. She was hoping that I could make something, even if it was something small like a table runner. After looking over the materials I had to work with I thought it would make a good quilt. I found a design that I thought would work and got the ok to do the project. I made the design fairly simple so the nightgown fabrics were the focus point of the quilt. Below are some photos of the completed quilt.

The finished quilt is a little larger than a standard lap blanket.
 52"x68" / 1.32m x 1.72m

All of the coloured fabrics (except the binding/border) are cut from the nightgown. In total there is fabric from 11 different nightgowns.

A view of the fabric on the back of the quilt. I had a different fabric in mind when I went to the store but this ended up looking really good. 

I kept the quilting simple on this quilt to keep the focus on the nightgown fabrics.

The binding turned out really well. I had struggled with binding in the past but I think I have it figured out now.

I got creative and put a ribbon around it to give it a nice presentation.

This was a fun project and it will be something that will be treasured by their family for years to come. I do not currently have a listing for these types of quilts on my Etsy store but plan to after Christmas. If you are interested in having something made I would be happy to talk to you about it.

Have you ever made or seen a memory quilt like this?


  1. I think it's extraordinary that you do this- I guess you don't think it's unusual, but I've never heard of another man quilting. What a special keepsake.

  2. Wonderful creation! I love quilts, and would have them everywhere if I could. I used to hang them over the loft railing when I lived in a townhouse with a loft. Thanks for sharing...and here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

  3. Such a great idea for a quilt! You did a nice job on it too--good design to highlight the precious fabrics. I have seen quilts made from a man's neckties, but never one made from nightgowns. The family will treasure this quilt for years to come.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

  4. What a beautiful and very personal gift. I have also seen men's shirts used to make a quilt. Though I keep thinking that is a lot of nightgowns for one person, though perhaps they were accumulated over many years.

  5. What a great idea! I'm sure your client will love it!

  6. What a great job and a great way to remember grandmother. Amazing she had quite so many nighties. I have a guy friend who works in the oilfield and is also a quilter. Unusual, but we love the fact that he sews too.

  7. I'm always so impressed by the4 creative patience of quilters - this is such a lovely treasured keepsake :-)


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