I recently completed a memorial quilt for my new niece, who is due in July.
No, it’s not quite finished. The binding is now on, and I’m taking it on vacation to finish. I want my BIL’s three sisters to have a chance to contribute to the quilt, too, by helping to sew the binding. That way a little piece of the family is sewn with love into the quilt.
I wasn’t sure how I would be able to make an entire memorial quilt with only five golf shirts (Mick was a fervent golfer!), and remembered the Candy Hearts pattern that Amber Johnson of A Little Bit Biased graciously contributed to the Moda Bakeshop. What a WONDERFUL pattern! So simple and quick. I was able to cut all of the hearts from only the sleeves of each shirt, and hope to surprise my SIL with a quilt of her own with the remaining shirt sections.
Due to the fact that we are moving, I didn’t have the time to do any custom quilting 🙁 , so I had to resort to simple SID and free-motion for the body of the quilt, and straight-line quilting in the borders.
I also took the time to sew right along the top and bottom edges of the ric-rac, as I didn’t want it to fold over onto itself after washing (I hate when that happens!). I then used my foot as a guide along the outside edge of the ric-rac to echo quilt.