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    Hi Ladies, I am new to quilting, actually i have never made a quilt. I have been sewing for over 50 years, made everything from pocket books to insulated coats, to drapes, but never a quilt, and i'm scared to death to start it.It doesn't seem to be very forgiving if you make a mistake, like clothing is quite easy to fix if you make a mistake, but a quilt seems so precise. anyways does anyone have any idea how to make a memory quilt? my adopted daughter lost her 11 month old baby girl to brain cancer, and she wants me to make her a memory quilt out of some of her baby clothes and some photos of her that i have on my computer to be printed on photo fabric and then ironed on to either some of the clothes or fabric. i know this is going to be quite an undertaking, i'm just not sure where to start, but i think once i get started i will be fine. PLEASE if anyone can help in anyway, let me know. thank you in advance. kathy(sfire55)

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    Welcome. I'm also new to quilting, but you have so much more related experience then I do, so you'll be superb in no time at all. I haven't made a memory quilt, so can't help with that.

    I suggest you add another post explaining what you want to do in one of the other topics, and "headline' it with what you want to do. The folks on this site are so helpful, I'm sure someone can help you.

    Please let me express my sympathy on the loss of your grand daughter. I cannot begin to imagine the emotional pain of losing a child or grandchild.

    I will pray for you and your daughter.

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    Welcome from southeastern, PA I had the same sewing background that you have & quilting seilf taught was no problem. If you can read directions, you can quilt. I think quilts are much easier than clothing. Just make the adjustment to 1/4" seams & get a 1/4" foot if you don't already have one.

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    Welcome to the quilting board! I'm sure you will do just fine because of all your previous experience, especially with draperies and things like that. I can't help with the memory quilt, but I wanted to welcome you here and also express my deepest sympathy on the loss of your granddaughter. I don't know what to say other than I am so, so sorry! You will find lots of helpful advice for the quilt here. There are a lot of knowledgeable people here to help.

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    Cathyvv, Thank you so much for the advice. Her death was devastating to say the least, my daughter is just starting to come out of her grieving state.

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    Oh my...well first of all...welcome to the forum. There are some wonderful people here on the forum. I am so very sorry about the loss of your grand-daughter....it is devastating. Here are some examples of memory quilts:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-1935-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-66609-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-1600-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-58916-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-6119-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-33861-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-38910-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-50901-1.htm

    Hope these help! Good luck!

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    Thank you Donna Jean, it just seems harder than that, but you are very encouraging!Kathy

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    Welcome to the board from North Central PA.
    So sorry to hear of your loss. {{{HUGS}}}

    Many folks on the board have made memory quilts so I am sure you will be getting lots of help. I haven't made any, but I have used Printed Treasures Sew In fabric sheets to incorporate pics into my quilts and they have worked well, just a little difficult getting the paper off at times. Someone posted on the board that you just reheated the fabric with a warm iron and it solved the problem. I got Printed Treasures (in the green package I think) at Joanns and used my coupon because they are a little pricey.

    Once again, welcome and please let us see pics of your quilt when finished.

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    Thank you so much Wolfkitty. Kathy

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    Gail, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! I WILL CHECK THESE OUT. How great everyone is and how helpful. Thanks again evryone, i would say ladies, but we might have a gentleman aboard! thanks again, Kathy

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