Monday, February 15, 2016

Memory String Quilt

Nancy's Memory Quilt

Hello everyone, it's time to share a little adventure of string quilting with you.  I have a set of blocks made by my Mom where she used newspapers as a foundation, and no, it's not a quilt yet.  But interesting blocks to say the least, it's on a very long to do list.  I have been working on a Memory string quilt for our friend Nancy using her husband's shirts.  Once you see it, you will want to make one. What did I tell you?

So you begin by cutting shirts into 2 to 2 1/2 inch strips and cut 10 inch muslin squares.  If you use fabric as your foundation, then you won't have to tear the paper out of your blocks.  This saves you some time, but it provided extra body to the shirts and I was worried if the batting might eventually leak through the woven fibers.

Start with two strips right sides together and lay in the middle of your foundation square and sew a 1/4 inch seam allowance through all layers.  Press and then continue to sew strips side by side until you have covered the foundation.  Then you can square up your blocks to the same size.  Ours were cut 9 1/2 inch squares (finished at 9 inches).

Now to the design wall to have some fun.  Nancy had a picture of a quilt for us to go by, so we followed her instructions.  If you don't have a design wall, get one, you need it.  Jackie's husband made this one for us using insulation sheets.  We covered it with batting and it hangs on the wall.  We like the insulation sheets because you can stick pins in it to hold fabric that won't stick or t-shirts.

Here is the final quilt, which is the very last king size quilt I will ever make (saying this with my fingers crossed).  Our friend Alice let us use her porch for a photo opt, doesn't make you want to snuggle under this quilt.  Thank you Alice.

Nancy, we hope you love your quilt, sweet dreams.