So often there are dear people in our lives who would love to make a quilt for someone special, but they aren’t familiar with quilting. Here is an idea to help them through the process of creating a quilt that is their own unique creation, with you as their quilter-maker. The following suggestions are great for anyone, but we will use the example of a Grandpa making a quilt for a grandchild. 

Good Candidates for Quilt-making Materials 
  • Shirts
  • Pants and Shorts
  • Ties
  • Pocket squares
  • Ascots

Now it is time to collect the memento part of the quilt. Ask Grandpa what kinds of things he might like to include in the quilt. The off-setting blocks in Pop’s Quilt are designed for showcasing keepsakes and memories.

Memento Ideas 
  • Embroidered sayings
  • Photo transfers of Grandpa and grandchild
  • Appliques of important symbols that tell the story of Grandpa’s life
  • Painted hand prints of Grandpa and grandchild

Use the quilt design below, or come up with your own creation with Grandpa! Whatever you do, enjoy the the process together.

Pop’s Quilt

84″ x 84″

Fabric Requirements:

Background fabric – 4 3/4 yards

10 Shirt fabrics – equivalent to a 1/4 yard or fat quarter each

Cutting Instructions:

From the ten shirt fabrics, cut:

(100) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ squares

(25) 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ center square

From the background fabric, cut:

(104) 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles

(24) 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ squares

Block Assembly:

Step One: Sew a 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ square to each end of a 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ background rectangle. Make 52.

Step Two: Sew a 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ background rectangle to each side of a 6 1/2″ square.

Step Three: Sew the units made in step one to the top and bottom of the unit made in step two. Make 25 blocks.

Quilt Assembly:

Sew the blocks and 12 1/2″ background squares into rows as shown below. Sew the rows together to make the quilt.

Quilt as desired and bind.

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