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    Looking for memory/photo quilt pattern

    I am interested in making a quilt for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary which will be early next year. I have printed photos on fabric before and will use this technique for the quilt. I am trying to find a pattern to use for the quilt that is not too complicated but haven't had any luck. I was thinking about putting the pictures in the center of a block like Ohio Star or sawtooth star but want something a little more interesting for the layout. Has anyone here done a quilt like this or have suggestions for layout? I typed memory quilt and photo quilt into the forum search but didn't really get any hits of pictures for these kinds of quilts. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!! Fran
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    I have made several quilts with pictures. For large pictures, I kept things simple with just sashing (I used 3 strips of 2 colors with stars for cornerstones). For the smaller pictures, I used filler blocks (just took a block I liked). I sashed around the pictures to bring them up to the size of the filler block. The Warm Wishes pattern makes a nice frame for pictures. I would get some grid paper and sketch.
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    I've never made one, sorry I can't help.

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    When I made mine I had no pattern - I just let it flow - sorry can't find pics of it quickly will keep looking

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    Sorry it isn't a better pic- but you get the idea
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    I just made one for my cousin's 50th. In the center, like a medallion, I put a pic of the Christmas photo he and his wife sent out. Next, I bordered this with a strip of their 3-year-old's handprints (coordinated with my cousin's wife). Around the outside, I used 12" blocks. The four corners were identical in framing the pictures. Then the final 12 blocks were each a different star block with the photo in the center. I used autumn colors which coordinated with the colors of paint used for the handprints. In the past, I made a photo quilt where each photo was the "window" in a paper-pieced schoolhouse block.

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    Snowball blocks? You can make them any size you'd like & they are really adaptable to any style.
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    I have this pattern with tissue paper for four wall quilts plus extra practice blocks. i never used it. just let me know where to mail it if you want to try it.
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    I just finished this quilt for my friend's 70th birthday. I went to Picasa and collaged each group of pictures I wanted to showcase. Each collage was printed on my ink jet printer using 8.5" X 11.5" Printed Treasures fabric. When all were printed, I just sashed around them and then arranged them in a pleasing design. I added 3D pinwheel blocks in two corners, writing memories underneath the 3D part. I quilted around the individual photos in the collages. I realize blue and green is a somewhat unusual color combination, but they were our high school colors.


    I've attached close-ups of a couple of the individual blocks so you can see what I mean. The size of the quilt just evolved as I worked with the pictures I wanted to use. It turned out 64" X 66.5".
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    I used the Double Irish Chain pattern for the memory quilt I made for my DIL. It's a super easy pattern.

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    You can do a search on the internet for free patterns. Here is one website I found:http://www.freequiltpatterns.info/Qu...ltPatterns.htm and there were others listed for the query.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramajo View Post
    I just finished this quilt for my friend's 70th birthday. I went to Picasa and collaged each group of pictures I wanted to showcase. Each collage was printed on my ink jet printer using 8.5" X 11.5" Printed Treasures fabric. When all were printed, I just sashed around them and then arranged them in a pleasing design. I added 3D pinwheel blocks in two corners, writing memories underneath the 3D part. I quilted around the individual photos in the collages. I realize blue and green is a somewhat unusual color combination, but they were our high school colors.


    I've attached close-ups of a couple of the individual blocks so you can see what I mean. The size of the quilt just evolved as I worked with the pictures I wanted to use. It turned out 64" X 66.5".
    Gramajo, love this quilt! The picture collages are a great idea--you can use so many more pictures this way! Might have to try this.
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    thanks for all the suggestions and especially the pictures! that helps more than anything trying to decide a layout and style
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    It was a lot of fun making this quilt--brought back a lot of memories. We've been friends for 56 years. Her daughter emailed me a lot of pictures: I had more from my photo albums. I kinda themed each collage--her parents, brothers, her young; his family pictures from a child; her wedding pictures; pictures of her son and daughter individually and together and with my kids; party pictures from our misspent youth.

    Go for it, Red Rover, you'll have a great time doing it.

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    Answered you over in the ISO area, posted some pics and link to a book.
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    These quilts are all wonderful! It's fun to set photos on fabric and then quilt them. I usually try to set them in eras....
    Childhood photos, HS, Wedding, etc.
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    Oh My! All of these are great memory quilts!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramajo View Post
    I just finished this quilt for my friend's 70th birthday. I went to Picasa and collaged each group of pictures I wanted to showcase. Each collage was printed on my ink jet printer using 8.5" X 11.5" Printed Treasures fabric. When all were printed, I just sashed around them and then arranged them in a pleasing design. I added 3D pinwheel blocks in two corners, writing memories underneath the 3D part. I quilted around the individual photos in the collages. I realize blue and green is a somewhat unusual color combination, but they were our high school colors.


    I've attached close-ups of a couple of the individual blocks so you can see what I mean. The size of the quilt just evolved as I worked with the pictures I wanted to use. It turned out 64" X 66.5".

    Gramajo...this is the post I saw Thanks! Kim
    Happy Stitching! Kim

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    Here is my Memory quilt I did not long ago. I didn't have a pattern...the math and design was a challenge but fun too. http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...n-t203744.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramajo View Post
    I just finished this quilt for my friend's 70th birthday. I went to Picasa and collaged each group of pictures I wanted to showcase. Each collage was printed on my ink jet printer using 8.5" X 11.5" Printed Treasures fabric. When all were printed, I just sashed around them and then arranged them in a pleasing design. I added 3D pinwheel blocks in two corners, writing memories underneath the 3D part. I quilted around the individual photos in the collages. I realize blue and green is a somewhat unusual color combination, but they were our high school colors.


    I've attached close-ups of a couple of the individual blocks so you can see what I mean. The size of the quilt just evolved as I worked with the pictures I wanted to use. It turned out 64" X 66.5".
    This is genius!! I have a quilt I am just starting and the lady wants 88 pictures in it! Outside of a lot of ink I wasn't sure I could make it visually work, but this totally saved me! Thanks so much for sharing this!

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    Here is one I did for my hubby's 60th BD. starting with his early pics , university, meeting me, our kids, daughter's wedding, and a few professional shots (he is a musical conductor/composer). Sorry I cut off the bottom of the photo-it is balanced with a full photo and a bit of red and black border so it is finished.

    Because this was going on the wall I wanted the photos on point like a scattering of photos for visual interest. (This is sooo easy to do--just make a huge border around the block then slap your square up ruler on it and twist it a bit.) I also took some creme fabric and printed out favorite sayings from his life and appliqued them on. And a little red for interest. Had all the guests to his party sign the back.
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    Memory Quilt

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    Here is mine! I think.
    what is the name of this pattern? I love it!

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    Where can I buy this book? I am new to quilting. I need to make one for a Lady who was a member of our Volunteer Fire Department, she lost everything when her house burned. She retired just last year she is 82 years old and was given a memory quilt by the fire dept which was destroyed in the fire, she lost everything. I am giving her a house warming soon when she moves into her new home, and wish to make her the memory quilt again. Can you help me?
    Thanks much
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    My DD used Andrea T. Funk's "How to Make a Too-Cool T=Shirt Quilt" to make mine. She got it from Amazon. An earlier poster said it was available from the author's website also.

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