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
- Pants and Shorts
- Pocket squares
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.
- 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.
84″ x 84″
Background fabric – 4 3/4 yards
10 Shirt fabrics – equivalent to a 1/4 yard or fat quarter each
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
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.
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.