Another way to preserve memories is to make a memory quilt. A memory quilt can be a blanket or a wall hanging. You collect items of clothing as your child outgrows them. You cut the clothes into squares of the same size and save your collection until you have enough to make a blanket or wall-hanging. You can also use pieces of blankets or sheets. Be sure you cut a sample that is not worn thin. On blankets and sheets the outside edges are usually in the best shape. For clothing you would avoid the area covering the knees or the seat of the pants.
Blanket Quilt The next time you are trying to figure out just what to get for an upcoming baby shower, think of the impression your gift will make if it is personalized. Even if mom and dad have not announced the baby’s name, you can still have the child’s last name added to any gift you choose. If you decide on a baby blanket, quilt, or pillow, ask the parents what theme they have chosen so you can coordinate your gift.
Just as we all learnt to have our favorite bedding, blankets, Golden retrievers too can be made to come to love what it gets. But don’t ever try getting an expensive blanket for it. it will just chew it away! Get some good quality blankets from a thrift store nearby and buy them in half a dozen. You can get a bargain, and you don’t have to worry about it for the next three or four weeks… keep your fingers crossed. Golden Retrievers are known for chewing their blankets!
Clothes to use: Start with clean items. Besides the baby clothes you can use bibs, caps, socks, Halloween costumes, blankets, linens, special curtains and nursery items.
Some women used larger scraps, and often the block’s strips were a variety of widths. Scrappy strips were asymmetrical and uneven, or pointed, or on the bias. Whatever fabrics were available, they were used as is. There was no time to waste cutting them to size. Women used an old blanket or quilt as the filler and tied the layers together; winter was near — no time for quilting it.
Dress up an old jacket or cardigan by heat bonding a block onto the center backside. Use fabric paint to trim out the edges of it or add an anti-fray product to the edges. If you are accustomed to sewing, add a zig zag or satin stitch to secure the edges and add a nice finish.
If you are truly a beginner quilter then consider purchasing a kit to make the baby quilt. These can be purchased at a local fabric store, online, or even Walmart. They walk you step by step through the quilting process. Included in the kit is everything that you will need to accomplish a completed quilt. This is an easy way for beginners to get their feet wet and learn all of the basics of sewing. The only drawback is that you have to choose the designs that are available. There are a great deal of options to choose from if you look at a variety of places. Once you have gathered all of the necessary skills then you can work on making more original works at a later date.
Anyone will enjoy making a quilt because of the interesting designs or patterns that you can make. Here are some fabulous baby quilts patterns that you might want to try.