Saturday, May 13, 2017

Quilt Shot Block ~ Fourth Quilt is Four Corners Four Patch Memory Quilt

This is my fourth memory quilt of my Mother and Dad's clothing and bed sheets.
It was given recently to my sister and her husband for their surprise 60th birthday party.
It went together rather quickly.
All together it took 4 days from cutting apart shirts to binding!
Its not a full size quilt, but larger than a baby quilt.
 I call them couch quilts, because I hope folks cuddle up on the couch with them. 
Here's some shots of the process, minus the quilting frame.

This quilt was made from 4 of Dad's shirts
1 of Mother's house coats, a pair of her Capri pants,
 and part of one of their bed sheets for the backing.


 One of Mother's favorite summer house coats.

Strips cut and ready for border.
The left strip is Dad's shirt and the right is Mother's housecoat.

 One thing I'm able to do is expand my sewing table top a bit about 4 to 6 inches on each side.
by sliding the cutting mat and the Formica top
 which is not stationary on the plywood which isn't also stationary on top of the cabinets.
It's nice when you don't have to leave part of the quilt hanging off the table.

 While the clips hold the 3 layers together,
I can quickly use quilting pins to hold the layers together so I can put it in the quilting frame.
 Pinned and ready to move to the quilting frame which I forgot to take a shot.
 A better angle to show how I expanded the table top for pinning.
Do you remember these Formica panels you could buy to put on the wall or counter top?
I don't think you can by them anymore.
Note: You may have thought my cutting mat was stained or dirty in previous shots on previous posts.
Well, this is why it looks that way.
This gold shows through my cutting mat and makes it look dirty when I'm taking pictures.
The smooth Formica top works great and my mat does not slip easy
 but easy enough to slide for an event like this.
 So after the all the quilting is done except for outside borders,
I like to move it to the Ellisimo and free motion the borders. 
On this quilt I signed and recorded the quilt in the border with free motion.

I used the self binding method for this quilt meaning I rolled the backing over the edge to the front side. 
 I liked the gold color and feel of the sheet plus I didn't have enough fabric left to cut for binding.
When I do binding, I have to pull out the little brother machine
which is a work horse through these layers.
Mama Ellisimo skips stitches no matter how I try to override the tension
and change needles.
Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #59~ 2 Machines Work in Tandem 


The tag the rehab center added to Mother's housecoat.


Blogging Grandmothers Link Party Threading My Way_Featured


  1. I was really surprised to see Joy & Greg at our party in KY. Even more to see this quilt in memory of mom/dad. Both made me cry, but happy tears. Joy amazes me with her talent of sewing and now quilting. She is carrying on a tradition that I know my parents and grandparents would be proud to see.
    I'm so happy to have this quilt with all its memories. Thanks Sis!

  2. Truly beautiful, Joy! A quilt that will be treasured.

  3. What a lovely gift, Joy. The perfect way to keep your parents close and beautiful quilts in and of themselves. Thanks for sharing on #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

  4. Hi Joy,
    What a lovely remembrance of your parents. I love the little name tag from your Mom's rehab stay. I am sure your sister will treasure this always. ~smile~

  5. What a lovely way to still get hugs and cuddles from your parents! Beautiful, just beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Beautiful work and a lovely tribute to your parents. My grandmother used to quilt. But she had to do all of her sewing by hand. I don't know how she did it. I know your sister will love this gift. Thanks for sharing with #blogginggrandmotherslinkparty . I have shared it on social media.

  7. What an amazing gift! I greatly admire your talent and creativity!
    Thanks for sharing this at #blogginggrandmotherslinkparty !

  8. I love the quilt. Looks like a lot of work. So nice. Thanks Joy for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.

  9. Such beautiful work and I admire you for making such a lovely gift. Thanks so much for sharing with us at #blogginggrandmotherslinkparty. I've pinned and shared on social media. Catch you at the link up next month!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

  10. A beautiful quilt with a beautiful meaning. It will be a true treasure.

  11. I'm not a quilter, but I certainly admire those of you that are so talented! What a special gift for your sister; one to be treasured forever. Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilt with us at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. Pinned!

  12. It's a lovely quilt and your sister will treasure it. I have made memory quilts before and it is both a joyful and difficult process. I love the little name tag from your mum.

  13. That is so beautiful. I have always been in awe of ladies like yourself who make these gorgeous quilts. They take a lot of time and even more skills but are so worth it. I know your sister will be so happy with it.

  14. This is such a gorgeous way to remember those we love. Just beautiful. :) Lisa

  15. Congrats Joy! Your post was featured at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. See here:

  16. A labour of love for you parents and siblings. It is beautifully done.



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