16+ Memory Quilt Ideas and Patterns
This page is full of heirloom quilts waiting to be made! Learn how to make a memory quilt from old clothes, photos, messages, and much more.
In a sense, every quilt we make is a keepsake quilt. They're each selected with care, time and energy poured into very stitch. But the art of "keepsake quilting" itself involves certain additional processes and steps that "regular" quilting doesn't.
Any quilt can be a memory quilt, but memory quilts are certainly not just any quilt! That's why we put together this fabulous collection of 16+ Memory Quilt Ideas and Patterns.
The idea of a keepsake quilt pattern is to take something already beloved, but perhaps nearing the end of its days, and transform it into something new.
Keepsake quilting involves t-shirt quilts, photo quilts, and more, all of which you can find on this page. This could be anything from old baby clothes to the "ironic t-shirts" your kid couldn't get enough of in high school and college to a photo quilt with wedding pictures. The quilt turns a memory into something you can hold.
So whether you're reusing fabric from an item of clothing or a set of sheets that has personal significance, whether your photos are black-and-white or taken with a digital camera, you've got it.
We've put together a list of our very favorite photo quilt patterns, memory quilts from clothing, and t-shirt quilt patterns that are guaranteed to become instant treasures.
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Free Photo Quilt Patterns
Photo memory quilts are a unique and lovely way to create heirloom quilts. A picture speaks a thousand words! These beautiful quilts will preserve some of the happiest moments you've ever caught on camera.
Free Memory Quilts Made From Clothing
It's thrifty, it helps you clean out the closet, and it keeps you from having to part ways with some of your favorite items that don't fit anymore. What's not to love?
Free T-Shirt Quilt Patterns
We all have them! Old shirts from various events, charity, concerts, vacations, and more. Most of the time these shirts have seen too much or too little. Oversized or uncomfortable, these aren't the ideal wearables but they're all still full of memories. Make memory collages in the form of t-shirt quilt patterns!
Keepsake Quilting With Kids
You don't want to miss these memory quilt ideas because it involves the little ones. There's no cooler way to preserve your young one's art and doodles than through quilting. Don't believe us? Try one of these adorable, artsy quilts and quilted projects!