A Family Memory Quilt

This family talked to me in December about making a memory quilt for the mother’s 80th birthday.  I thanked them for being another affirmation from God that my quilting business was the right step to take!

They collected the family blocks and gave them to me in mid-April.  The 2 sisters & I had worked on design ideas and we had the design and colors decided at that time as well.  They are not quilters and agreed to have me do the shopping for the fabrics.   I had about 3 1/2 weeks to make and complete the quilt.  (that’s where I’ve been in the last month!)

I’m pleased with the final quilt and so were my clients!   The sisters have both thanked me extra times and the mother who received this gift just called the other day with her thanks as well.

This large wall-hanging is 88″ x 88″ so I had a bit of a struggle getting a photo!  (Plus this was during a busy time for my husband to help me.)   This photo shows the scrappy red & blue stars.

I took this photo without the flash to show the quilting designs better.    I did basic custom quilting on this with a special border design, repeated round the center photo.   With custom freehand quilting, I was able to quilt each family block individually and customize it to their design.   Most of the quilting is with So Fine thread and the borders and special designs were with King Tut variegated thread.  I used Superior’s MonoPoly thread on the the quilting for the photos.

The center photo and one other one, I printed on photo fabric for them.  I’m thrilled with the quality of the photos on fabric.   The family requested I add a saying which I embroidered for the corners of the middle border around the photo.    The star blocks not filled with a family block include coordinating quilting in the centers.

While the quilt was still on the frame, I took this photo from the underneath side.  This shows the freehand design I used in the borders as well as around the center photo.

I added a wide sleeve across the back for hanging and the owner is thrilled to have this in her living room now to enjoy all the time.    A lovely birthday present!



Filed under long arm quilting, piecing, start-to-finish

10 responses to “A Family Memory Quilt

  1. It’s beautiful. I wondered where you were!

  2. Robyn

    This turned out amazing!!! It’s great to see the finished product!

  3. Diana

    What a beautiful quilt, what a beautiful family! I am sure that she cherishes her quilt a great deal, and I know that her family is very grateful to you for making their gift to their mother a reality. Kudos, it turned out beautifully!

  4. Sharon Winter

    Very nice, Joyce. What a fun idea. Is that the Ohio Star blocks?

    • Sharon, these are not Ohio Star blocks. Just a basic star without any extra triangles or pinwheels. Good question, tho! 🙂 Thanks for your compliments.

  5. Mary Ann

    This is absolutly gorgeous–well done once again.

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