{How To} Memory Quilt – part 2 stitching

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Last week we started the prep work for an easy memory quilt.  We gathered our favorite tees, fused with interlining, determined finished quilt size and cut our blocks.

No worries if you missed the prep work- Just click here and you will be up to date in a flash!

This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 1/2 Buttons

Materials for completed quilt:

  • Tee Shirts
  • Tricot fusible interlining
  • Batting
  • Backer fabric (I like to use flannel)
  • * optional* June Tailors printable fabric (if including a photo)
  • Iron/Ironing board/Press Cloth
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Ruler or measuring tape
For today’s “how to” you will need your prepared blocks, sewing machine and ironing tools.

Basic Instructions:

  1. Now comes the fun part… The layout.  I like to find a large clear & clean open space on the floor for this part.  Starting with my center block, I work my way outward; building from there.  This part takes time.  I often create what I think is the layout; walk away and revisit later.  If I am still happy with the layout, then it’s a green light to step 2. *Quick tip- Snap a picture of your final layout before you move to the next step.  This way, there is no mistaken where that crazy tee shirt goes!
  2. To make my life easy when stitching, I work my blocks in columns.  Each column is stacked into a pile by order.  Then take the 1st two blocks; right side together and join them using my 1/4″ seam allowance.  (Since most of my quilt is made with knits, I am using my serger. A straight stitch machine is fine to use. )  Continue to add blocks until you have finished your column.
  3. I can not stress enough how important pressing is.  After each column is joined, I like to press my seams.  Pressing will not only “lock” your stitches in place but also reduce puckering and rippling.
  4. Now it is time to join your columns together.  With right sides together; line up your seams.  To prevent blocks from shifting during stitching, I pin everything in place approximately 2″ from the edge.  (this way, I do not have to remove pins as I stitch.)
  5. When matching my seams, I like to shift the seam allowance to opposite sides. (See photo.) This helps reduce bulk and locks the seams together.  Stitch columns together using your 1/4″ seam allowance.
  6. Press open and continue until your quilt top is completed.
Join me next week for the wrap up.
Happy Crafting!
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  1. Kelly Rainey says

    Can’t wait for the wrap up… Thank you for posting this tutorial…

  2. awesome idea….would be grateful if posted with some videos….and i would like to know from which city u r so tat i can visit if u r near by…

  3. Cathy@My1929Charmer says

    Great idea of snapping a picture of the last lineup, to help you remember! Also like the idea of walking away and coming back – if you still like it’s a go. Looking forward to the final wrap up. PS I really like your blog button. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best.

  4. I just love the look of this quilt!

  5. love this!!

  6. Thank you for the quilt directions. I’m making 2 for my sons for a graduation gift. Where can I find the wrap up directions?

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