Memory Quilt Tips

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Let's save you some time with these quick tips to making a memory quilt. As a quilter when you find out someone is getting married, having a baby, or moving the first thought is, "I should make them a quilt!" 

Then your ideas just start going all over the place. LOL I found out less that two months ago our pastor would be transferring to a new church and I knew I wanted to give them a gift they would cherish and actually use. 

I am currently 35 weeks pregnant, in the middle of hosting a 14 week quilt along, and about to release a new pattern so my time is very limited. 

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So that brings me to my first tip! Choose an easy and or quick design so you do not get overwhelmed with the process. I chose a saw tooth block after seeing Emily from Homemade by Emily Jane's wedding quilt. I used a tutorial and size chart from Amy Smart with Diary of a Quilter. 

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My second tip would be to make the blocks ahead of time. Yes you heard me right make the blocks ahead of time because no one besides quilters will observe the 1/4" seam allowance so you will have to do what I had to and appliqué all of the notes onto the quilt, which will take more time. 

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My third tip is to use a roller ball pen to write on the fabric instead of a felt tip. The felt tips are so much harder to write on fabric with in my opinion. Everyone that used the roller pens I offered said how easy it was. I used a Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric 1.0mm. I found mine on Amazon. 

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Last tip is to please for all the love add a quilt label! These types of quilts will be used and loved on so much. They will want to always remember who made them for them! I just made one by hand with the pen and love how it turned out. I actually found the text I like on the computer then printed it off and traced it onto the fabric up against a window. Shhhh don't tell anyone I really can't do hand lettering! 

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 Here are the links to all the tutorials I used to put this bad boy together and all the other details regarding this beauty! 

Memory Quilts Tutorial from Homemade Emily Jane

Sawtooth Star Tutorial from Diary of a Quilter

Print fabric is from an older Dear Stella line I think the name is Wee Gallery or at least thats what's on the salvage. 

I used a Bella Solid by Moda for the background and honestly don't know which one. 

I quilted it with the Tidal Wave quilt design from Urban Elementz using Glide thread for the quilting and Glide cotton for the piecing. 

I hope all of this helped and as always feel free to reach out to me on any platform with your questions. I am always happy to help. Until next time happy quilting!!! 

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