This week I finally made my memory quilt. This post has been over 5 years in the making. Over the last five years I have purchased the background, backing fabric and batting several times and then ended up finding other projects for them. I finally made it. And I love it.
When my brother passed away, I flew home with a new suitcase containing seven pearl snap shirts and one pair of jeans. The first month I made three quilts, two throw pillows and two small bags using his clothing. The quilts were for my sister in law and two nephews. I did stars inside of contrasting circles because…TEXAS. I just sort of came up with my own pattern. I had to get the most out of those clothes and that seemed like the best option. The throw pillows were for my mom and his mother in law and the bags were for my sister in law and her mom. All I had left were small scraps.
Here are the quilts I made for Kim, Murray and Colin. My photography skills weren’t that great back then and these are the best pics I took.
A couple of months later, his mother in law texted me asking if I could make a quilt for her. So I looked at my small stack of scraps, divided them in two and made her a small scrappy quilt.
For the last five years I have kept the remaining scraps in a ziplock bag and always kept them close to my sewing machine. Always looking at them and making sure they were still there. That they were still safe.
The first three quilts I made, I cried a lot during the process. It was difficult emotionally but I also think it helped me in the grieving process. Especially since I made them so soon after his passing. Being on a deadline probably didn’t help that but I wanted my sister in law and nephews to have their quilts for that first Christmas.
My mom got me the quilt planner for Christmas. I’ve never used a planner before but loved the idea of the project planner part of it. Maybe this year will finally be the year I make more quilts! I already have 26 quilt projects written down. This week I got to fill in all of the check boxes for my memory quilt.
If you have a memory quilt that you have been wanting to make. Take your time. Don’t rush it. When you are finished, wrap yourself up in it and remember how much that person loved you. Here is my completed scrappy memory quilt.
As soon as I saw the Minikins iSpy by Sew Sweetness, I knew that I wanted to make one for my three ring binder. I used some Vintage Stars from Fox Field and Chainmail from Elizabeth (both lines by Tula Pink) that match perfectly! Kona cotton is my typical go to for solids so that is what I used for the back and binder attachment piece. This hack works with the large size iSpy.
The only additional materials needed are a piece of fabric that is 10.75″ wide by 3″ tall, a piece of fusible woven interfacing (such as SF101 or Wovenfuse) that is 10″ wide and 2.5 inches tall and three grommets. I had purchased a multi pack of the grommets that came with the tool needed to install them. The packs can be found in the notions aisle at your local Joann’s, Hobby Lobby or Walmart.
You’ll have two pieces for each grommet and this is what the installation tool looks like.
First you want to apply the interfacing to your fabric piece for the part that will contain the grommets. This will help stabilize the fabric where the grommets will be installed. Fold the interfaced fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together and sew the two short ends. Turn right side out and push the corners out with your tool of choice. I use a chopstick from the Chinese restaurant. Set this aside and begin assembly of the iSpy pouch following the pattern directions.
Interfacing is attached and short ends sewn together.
When you get to step 7, place your binder attachment piece between the completed front panel and exterior panel, centered along the bottom with raw edges matching. You could baste in place but I just placed it and then used wonderclips to hold everything together while I sewed around the outside.
I had already marked my grommet holes on this piece. Here is the front panel right sides together with the exterior back panel with the binder attachment piece sandwiched between. Match raw edges.
Finish sewing the bag per the pattern directions then grab your binder. You can use a premade binder pouch or just use the rings in your binder to mark your grommet placement. Once you have the centers marked, place the grommets on top of your binder attachement piece and draw the circles to get your cut lines. I fold the fabric in half to get the cut started and then cut the circles out. I put a little fray check around the edges of the circles as well after cutting out. Install the grommets following the directions on the package and then sit back and admire your gorgeous new pouch in your three ring binder.
Isn’t this soooo much prettier than the pic below?
Old, boring zip pouch. I like my vintage stars and chainmail one better.
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