Category Archives: Keepsake Quilts

A keepsake quilt for a little girl

I know I make a fair few keepsake quilts from baby clothes, but it’s an activity (for me at least!) that just never gets old …. each one is different, unique in its own way, and always something special – to me, as well as to the family it will go home to.

baby clothes keepsake quilt

It always starts with the clothes …… the darling assortment of sleepsuits, t-shirts, dresses and trousers that come (often) from that precious first year of life . The works begins …. carefully deconstructing everything, interfacing all that cotton jersey, and cutting the squares (with variations to include the cute little motifs, of course).

baby clothes keepsake quilt

Once all the pieces are cut, there’s a lot of crawling around on the floor …. figuring out the best layout ….. sometimes it takes a while to work out the best combination of colours, patterns and tones. This is where it’s most different from ‘regular’ patchwork, where you know when you start exactly which fabrics you’re going to use, and how much of each you need to achieve the design you want. Here, you start with the fabrics, you often have irregular numbers of each piece, and there will always, always, be that one fabric or pattern or colour that won’t sit happily. But we get there in the end …..

baby clothes keepsake quilt

let the piecing commence ….. when faced with putting together 200-odd 4 inch squares, chain piecing is my favourite and my best ….



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it all comes together, slowly but surely ….

baby clothes keepsake quilt

until we have a finished quilt top …. (I can’t tell you how much I love that sheep!)

baby clothes keepsake quilt

quilting time ….. this time, a meandering pattern of loops and hearts ….

baby clothes keepsake quilt

until (voila!) it’s done, and bound, and ready to go home ….

baby clothes keepsake quilt

Where it will enjoy (I hope) many years of happy snuggles 🙂


3 bedspreads, 4 memory quilts


It all started with a request ….. would it be possible to transform 3 ancient, tattered and faded – but precious – bedspreads into 4 cot-size memory quilts?

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“hmmmmmm,” I thought, “there’s a lot of unusable fabric in there, and what there is looks very thin and dreadfully fragile. But there is a lot of it, and I figured that fusible interfacing would reinforce the fabric so that it would be both usable, and enduring – up to a point. The resulting quilts won’t stand up to heavy use, but as little decorative things, I think they’ll be OK.”

So we started ….. I don’t generally show much of the design process – but this was a little different – we wanted to merge the quilts, and showcase the salvageable details as far as possible.

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I could probably have done it in photoshop, but I enjoy the process of working with paper …. some printing, some cutting, some doodling ….. and we were away …

Ash Quilts in progress (4)

A lot of interfacing later, a lot of cutting happened …..  and then the piecing could start.

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et voila …. 4 little quilt tops – all slightly different, and virtually the whole of the usable fabric from those bedspreads included.

For the quilting, we decided to pick up on the paisley theme in the fabrics ….

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it’s quite time-consuming to quilt as this density across a whole quilt, but it worked so well on these I think it was worth it.


4 quilts, for 2 sets of cousins to treasure ….