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Thread: This is Why I Learned to Quilt

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    This is Why I Learned to Quilt

    I've always been crafty and I knew for a very long time that I wanted to learn how to quilt. When I was 20, I started saving fabric for when I learned, planning to someday make a "memory" quilt with all the scraps. I learned when I was 42; I'm 46 now. This is the result of all that saving, plus pieces of every quilt that I have made since I learned. It has a piece of my father's Air Force uniform shirt in it (he died in 1993); it has fabric from a dress my Mum made herself in the 1960s (she died in 2002); it has flannel from my daughter's first "big girl" p.j.'s (she's almost 20 now); and it has a piece of the scarf they tie around my dog's neck whenever he gets groomed at Pet Smart (he's 6 now); I call it "Memory Quilt Number 1" in the hopes that I someday accumulate enough scraps to make another. The pattern I used was Moda's "Charmalade". Thank you for looking!

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    1951 Singer 301A - "Jean"
    1958 Singer Featherweight - "Verna"
    2009 Janome 4100QDC - Nameless


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    What a lovely idea! You included memories that are so personal to you. Very nice - good job!

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    I love your memory quilt! Great idea and you did a wonderful job on it!

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    Great idea to use your fabrics! Love it!

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    Your quilt it great. Most of us don't think that far ahead to start saving pieces of fabric. Good for you.
    I don't want to brag but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school.

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    Love the memories! You did a great job. I've wanted to save pieces of all the quilts I've made and make a quilt each year from them all. So far.....not happening.

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    very pretty!!!!
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    Wonderful job!!!
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    nicely done... what special memories
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    You did wonderful work. I love the way you put similar colors in each stripe.

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    I love it with the personal memories!!!

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    Such a nice design and a great way to make memories a part of your day.

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    Love the quilt you made, the design is such that it looks as if smaller fabric scraps could be used. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern name and fabrics you used. I really like your creation.

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    What a wonderful idea. Only you will know what all the pieces mean. Gives me an idea.

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    that is so special.
    enjoy your life...it's the only one you have!!!
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    Awesome idea! Memories for a lifetime....
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    Great quilt!!!

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    What a great way to keep a piece of your past in one place. Nicely done!
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    That is a wonderful quilt that holds lots of memories. Well done.
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    A terrific quilt! That's a wonderful idea to include all fabrics from garments of your family.

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    I think this is such a super cool idea! Love your quilt.

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    Fantastic! I have been saving my kids clothes and want to make them a memory quilt for when they graduate high school. They are 6&10- I had better start now!

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    Very nice quilt

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    That's awesome that you've saved all of this time. I'm 18 and I've just started learning how to sew. I love the pattern, the color, and the styles. Congrats on finishing it and thank you for sharing.

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    Great quilt - great memories

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