Photo Quilts

I’ve been hard at work on a couple of special quilts that have photos in them.

The first is for my mother-in-law.  My husband’s grandma passed away about a year and a half ago and my mother-in-law still had a bunch of her clothes in her basement.  My father-in-law was complaining about them but I could tell that she just wasn’t ready to part with them yet.  So I suggested making a quilt from them so that they weren’t totally gone and she gratefully gave me a big bag of clothes.

The problem sometimes with grandma clothes is that very often they are made from polyester or nylon or those types of fabrics.  Now, speaking of grandma’s,  mine made quilts out of any fabric she could get her hands on.  We have a beautiful quilt from her made from polyester and another made from wool so it can be done.  Don’t let the quilt snobs tell you that you can’t make grandma’s nylon nightgown into a lovely sentimental keepsake quilt.  But if you do, for Pete’s sake, turn the iron WAY down and keep far from open flames!  I’m not sure if I’ll ever get my iron clean again.

I felt like things would go easier if I could use the fabrics in small pieces.  I did a search online and found a lovely paper pieced heart pattern from Carol Doak that I was able to print out and sew small pieces of fabric to.

paper pieced hearts

I thought it might be nice to add a photo of my husband’s grandma to the quilt so I asked my mother-in-law if she had a photo she liked.  She gave me several.

quilt pictures

These photo transfer fabric sheets from Dritz called “Printed Treasures” are my favorite to use.  It’s super easy to just feed them into your printer and print just like you would any other document or photo.  Then you let them dry for a minute, peel the backing off, run them under cold water for a minute or two and lay flat to dry.  They’re soft to the touch and feel like regular cotton – not stiff at all.  I haven’t had a lot of experience with repeated washings but have heard that they get softer with time.  I’ve actually used them most often to print out quilt labels.  I type up what I want my label to look like & then print on this fabric.

memory quilt

I think these photo blocks complete this quilt .  I really hope my mother-in-law enjoys this special memory quilt as much as I’ve enjoyed making it.

memory quilt

The next challenge will be to add the backing and quilt it.  There were 2 fleece sweaters in the bag and I have a plan to take them apart so that I get large pieces and use them as part of the backing.  Not sure if this will work but I thought it would make a warm lap quilt that way.  If I do that, I’ll probably have to tie the quilt because it’s so thick.  I’ll keep you posted on that progress.

The other quilt I’m working on is a photo quilt for a special young lady at the high school here.  I hope to be able to share the rest of the quilt and story with you after she receives it but here’s a preview.

Spartan photo quilt

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2 thoughts on “Photo Quilts

  1. Gina Murdock says:

    Your grandmother made quilts from Lollipester not polyester. She called it that for years after taking you to the fabric store when you were very little. You found some fabric you liked and asked grandma if you could have this lollipester fabric.

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