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Book Reviews: Meaningful Patchwork and Improv Paper-Piecing

I am frequently asked to review new books (and occasionally sent hard copies) in the quilting genre. Since I can’t review them all, I tend to only share books that are exceptionally well done, really speak to me, or that I feel have a fresh perspective on looking at quilting in general. Both of these books Wise Craft Quits by Blair Stocker and Improv Paper-Piecing by Amy Friend fit all of the above criteria.

The subheading to Wise Craft Quilts is: A Guide to Turning Beloved Fabrics into Meaningful Patchwork. That is what really grabbed my attention when I first saw this book. I frequently get emails from people who are not necessarily quilters, but want to make a quilt to preserve memories whether they be t-shirts, baby clothes, clothes from a loved one who has passed away, etc. I’m going to admit that I do not have a lot of  experience when it comes to those kinds of quilts, so I’m so excited to have a resource with good information about using a wide variety of reclaimed fabrics.

Throughout the book, Blair shows different forms of fabrics as well as different techniques for quilt assembly. This quilt is made from wool swatches from a traveling salesman selling custom suits. In this pattern, she offers great tips and techniques for piecing abnormally sized squares and rectangles as well as working with thicker fabrics like wool and corduroy.

This Sensory quilt is made with the idea of a quilt made for aging loved ones, constructed from favorite personal belongings. It’s a memory quilt, but by adding 3 dimensional aspects like yo-yos, lace, and fabric embellishments, the quilt also becomes a form of tactile stimulation. Such a thoughtful and useful quilt all in one.

Blair has a variety of ideas for quilts made from unconventional materials including t-shirts, baby clothes, men’s cotton shirts, a vintage tablecloth, and vintage handkerchiefs. This quilt is made using Tyvek race numbers from a variety of biking and running events. Such a creative idea that also creates a really durable and functional quilt for using at future events!

This is Blair’s twist on a traditional denim quilt. A perfect example of how she takes the well-known concept of making a sturdy quilt from worn-out jeans and gives it an upgrade with a classic Delectable Mountain-inspired design. The monochromatic denim gives the tradition patchwork a modern feel. As with each of the other vintage and reclaimed fabric choices throughout the book, there are lots of very helpful notes for working with and best preserving these fabrics.

Wise Craft Quilts contains 21 different quilt patterns, some traditionally-inspired, and others with an inspiring modern twist. All 21 projects are made up of different concepts and materials with lots of helpful information in each pattern. In addition to being chock-full of quilt designs and useful information, Wise Craft Quilts is also a gorgeous, hardcover book, full of inspiring photography and images worthy of a coffee table display.

Another book full of gorgeous images and inspiring photography is Amy Friend’s latest book, Improv Paper Piecing.

This is an awesome book for someone who is looking to try new things: whether it’s testing your paper-piecing skills in a slightly-less-precise environment (the improv side of things leaves more room for imperfection) or for someone who’s mastered traditional paper-piecing and traditional blocks and is wanting to try their hand at modern quilting or improv piecing in a somewhat more structured environment.

Amy provides 9 patterns in 3 categories: Inspired by Tradition – taking traditional blocks and making them ‘wonky’ or improvisational, such as these slightly off-kilter stars.

Shape-Based Designs – taking a traditional or symmetrical shape and breaking it up with randomly placed lines to give the design more of an edge as with this ‘wonky’ log-cabin block.

and Object Based Designs – taking a traditional shape or object and breaking it into a more simple, graphic form such as with this Kite Tails quilt. I think this one is my favorite. I’m dying to play with it and push myself in an Improv direction. It’s also such a great one for playing with color and contrast.

In addition to the patterns outlined in Improv Paper Piecing, Amy then gives you exercises to take her patterns and try something new to make an original design of your own. She provides a lot of structure and encouragement to help you stretch your improv-wings. 20 pages of templates are provided at the back of the book (some will need to be enlarged with a copy machine) to get you started. They could also serve as inspiration for you to draft your own.

Look for Wise Craft Quilts and Improv Paper-Piecing in your favorite quilt shop or local book store. Both of these books have inspired me to try new things and push myself beyond my comfort zone.

And I have a giveaways to share too!

First of all, Amy Friend is giving away a copy of EQ7 on her blog! You can read more about Improv Paper Piecing and how to enter the EQ7 giveaway here!

Second, I have a copy of Wise Craft Quilts to give away to one of you! Just leave me a comment telling me about a sentimental quilt you’d like to make someday. (To leave a comment, click on the ‘word-bubble’ icon at the top of the post with the number in it.) Giveaway open until Monday, April 3 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED

WINNER:

KAREN SEITZ March 28, 2017 at 5:43 pm

I’ve never made a Tshirt quilt, but I’ve been saving Tshirts to make one since I was young. I’d like to get to that project some day and have also been putting some thought into a quilt for my mom who has Alzheimer’s Disease. She isn’t to the point where she does not recognize things, but I hope to come up with something that provides familiarity as well as comfort for when that time comes.

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107 Comments

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    Trish Rye
    March 28, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I made a sentimental quilt using all the jeans my son wore from the day he was born till he was 18. I mixed is with flannels. I have some left over to make baby quilts when he starts having babies. I have my grandmothers old hankies I want to make a sentimental quilt with. I haven’t been able to find a quilt pattern I liked yet.

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    Cheryl Strong
    March 28, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    My dad has requested a tshirt quilt of all of my nephews basketball tournaments. It’s very intimidating!

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    Emma Squire
    March 28, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    My goal this summer is to make a quilt for my recently widowed Grandma using pieces of fabric from each of her children and grandchildren, and also including squares with the family names embroidered in them. Hoping it all come together 🙂

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    Jenny
    March 28, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I have loads that I’d like to make — first, I have baby onesies, and my obstacle is mostly that I’m not totally sure which child(ren) wore them. Argh. Also I have been collecting shirts from my father and my husband as they are ready to be thrown out. And I have a fair amount of denim that no longer fits, for one reason or another. I would LOVE this book!

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    Lisa
    March 28, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I have been saving my son’s clothes since he was born (he is almost 2) and want to make a quilt with them someday😊

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    Evelyn Brush
    March 28, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I’ve been working on my Mom Quilt off and on for 13 years, since her untimely and sudden death in 2004. It’s something I long to finish, but am trusting the process – it takes however long it takes. I find that each time I pull it out and even just do a little more planning or sorting, it is healing to me. I’ve been eyeing Blair’s new book and plan to pick up a copy for myself soon! I love working with fabrics that have memories in them.

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    Helen
    March 28, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Thank you for your giveaway. I couldn’t believe when my youngest son asked if I would make a quilt from his son’s baby clothes. He said it’s the grandmother(ly) thing to do. I love that he asked!

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    Jennifer C
    March 28, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the reviews! Both look really interesting. One day, I would like to make my kids a quilt using their dad’s old shirts. As he wears through his cotton dress shirts and plaid shirts, I have been keeping them. I think it will be lovely to have them in quilt form one day. I also keep meaning to make patchwork ornaments out of some of my daughter’s old clothes. A way to remember her cute outfit and that stage in her life, but create a beautiful keepsake.

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    Tricia
    March 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    I would love to make a quilt from my boys jeans, they are ripped and rugged just like them.

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    Jo Rawlings
    March 28, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I have fabric pieces saved from clothes and toys that I have made for my 4 children always intending to make a memory quilt with them.i am now retired and my youngest is 27 this year so maybe now’s the time.

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    Karen Schulz
    March 28, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Hi Amy, I would so love to win that book. My ethos is to upcycle and recycle everything I can. People often give me things to use. My husband’s grandmother gave me her button box, so I made a quilt for her 90th birthday that featured some of the buttons. She used to sit in her room and reminisce about what auntie had the button on what jacket – once was from 1932!. I would love to try more things like that and a book is often inspiration to get going with it. Thanks

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      Amy Smart
      March 28, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      That is just so sweet Karen! I love that she loved it so much!

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    Renata
    March 28, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I have a few things in my stash that I’d like to incorporate into a sentimental quilt. A quilt for myself. And those pieces are of big importance to me. First, there many knits scraps – leftovers of the clothes I’ve recently sewn for my son and myself. I’m so proud of myself that I’ve started making my own clothes! Second, there’s a piece that my sister crocheted for me and it symbolises our handcraft cooperation. That would or that will be an awesome mishmash quilt 😉

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    Nicole
    March 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I would love to make a memory quilt of all of my son’s baby clothes. I don’t want to get rid of them, but I don’t have space to keep them all!

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    Angela Purrenhage
    March 28, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I am actually currently working on one for my son that uses hand embroidered squares that I sewed when he was younger and pieces from a favorite quilt of his that was really worn out and torn beyond repair. My son designed the back of it. It is just waiting on me to quilt it but I have been dragging my feet as it is twin size and will be a challenge with my machine.

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    MarthaB
    March 28, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I’d like to make a quilt from my son’s summer camp tshirts.

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    kimberlier
    March 28, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I’m planning on making a quilt from old wool and cashmere sweaters. I’d love to learn some tips! Thanks!

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    Luone
    March 28, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Love your reviews of both books, Amy. They look really interesting! I love the pattern shown with the jeans.
    You know I’ve done quilts for my kids with their dad’s shirts, and soon hope to finish my own. I also want to finish the one I made with t-shirts from the Broadway shows he was involved with.
    Then there are the t-shirt quilts made up of Marching Band, Summer Camp, etc., and the baby clothes and scraps I have in boxes to use for another quilt. I’m so looking forward to wrapping myself and my family in memories!

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    Carol
    March 28, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    This book looks great. I have some quilt blocks that my mom made from leftover fabric that he mom made polyester suits from. From these I would like to create a quilt, or maybe multiple smaller projects for my siblings. But I worry that the project will just end up looking old, rather than modern. This book could help! Love the jean quilt.

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    annehaun
    March 28, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Sounds like a great book. I would love to make my daughter a quilt from all her baby clothes. She is already thirty years old so I better get going! I have been hoarding her clothes for far too long!

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    Kristine J
    March 28, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I recently made a plus quilt using my father-in-law’s shirts for the pluses, for my husband for Christmas and our whole family loves the quilt and the sentimental factor!

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    Carmen
    March 28, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    My husband passed away young and I’m ready to stop hugging his shirts and make a throw quilt for my daughter and another for me from his shirts. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Wendy
    March 28, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I would like to do wedding ring quilts for my three daughters!

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    Cathy
    March 28, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you for the review of Wise Craft Quilts and a chance for the book.
    I would like to make a quilt out of my first granddaughters clothes that I have saved, hopefully before she makes me a great grandma.
    Also would like to use my late husbands shirts to create something.

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    Karen Seitz
    March 28, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    I’ve never made a Tshirt quilt, but I’ve been saving Tshirts to make one since I was young. I’d like to get to that project some day and have also been putting some thought into a quilt for my mom who has Alzheimer’s Disease. She isn’t to the point where she does not recognize things, but I hope to come up with something that provides familiarity as well as comfort for when that time comes.

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    Teresa Cina
    March 28, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I’d like to make a tshirt quilt for my daughters using clothes of both mine and my husbands from our RV travels.

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    Alison
    March 28, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    My 25 year old daughter became a widow last summer. I’m planning on making a jean quilt from his jeans then possibly a quilt from his shirts for their kids.

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    Gena Forbes
    March 28, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I made a memorial quilt for my father in law out of my mother in laws jeans. She was killed in a car accident when the vehicle she was a passenger in hit a large buck and then flipped end over end. They were coming home from her brothers funeral. This was the first quilt I ever made and the most sentimental this far.

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    Kathy E.
    March 28, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    The mom of my best friend is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and is in a nursing home, confined to a wheel chair. Last fall, she had back surgery that left her paralyzed from the hips down. I would love to make a tactile lap quilt for her to enjoy as she sits in her chair. I’d like to collect some of her family’s items like lace, buttons, special fabrics to make this quilt full of memories for her. What a great idea this book is…lots of inspiration!

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    Kera Smith
    March 28, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    One of the quilts on my list this year will be made from my niece’s clothes. My sister gave me a box of flannel nightgowns, pajamas and shirts from when my niece was little. It even includes some of the special clothing my husband and I gave my niece and I love that they were special enough to be saved. The fabrics are all very different so the Wise Craft Quilts book would be a fantastic resource.

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    JamieS
    March 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Making a quilt from my son’s baby clothes along with his twins’ baby clothes is a goal I hope I achieve before the grandkids are grown!

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    Katie Cohagen
    March 28, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    I have a quilt business and a bulk of my business is making memory quilts out of various pieces of clothing. I love taking these pieces and transforming them into a treasured keepsake! I’m about to get started on one using my daughters baby clothes! This book would be an amazing resource to offer new and creative ways to transform the clothes!

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    Linda W
    March 28, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I’ve been planning a quilt using my husbands old flannel shirts. I have quite a collection so far. This looks like a great book

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    ioleen kimmel
    March 28, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I have a collection of blue jeans in different sizes from my son. Have been collecting for a number of years. Both books look interesting.

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    Karen in Breezy Point
    March 28, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I have a photo of my mom and her best friend circa 1930. They are so cute and look like they are right out of an Our Gang short! Someday I’d like to figure out how to use the image in a quilt. The book looks wonderful!

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    Cindy B.
    March 28, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I hope to someday make a baby quilt for my grandchild out of the baby clothes I saved from my sons childhood. So far no grandbaby tho.

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    Beth
    March 28, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    My daughter just asked me to make a t shirt quilt from her college shirts/

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    Joyce Carter
    March 28, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win Amy. My grandson wants me to make him a quilt out of all his school tee shirts. I have never made anything like that before so I haven’t started on it yet. The book would be a great help.

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    Dori Troutman
    March 28, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I would love to make a sentimental quilt using scraps from all the darling dresses I’ve made my grandgirls through the years!! Thanks for the great give-away!

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    crossquilt
    March 28, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Just today I received box of my grandpa’s ties to make into memory quilts. I need a little importation to get started? 🙂

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      crossquilt
      March 28, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Inspiration not importation….

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    Linda
    March 28, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    I really want to make a quilt from my husbands old dress shirts someday, sort of a memorial to the daily grind he made to support our family.

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    Martha Sturgill
    March 28, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    My brother-in-law is a professional Santa. My sister worked with him as Mrs. Claus until her death from cancer. I have all her “Mrs. Claus” clothes and want to make him a quilt but am unsure how to get all the different fabrics to work together. It sounds like this book would be perfect to help me accomplish this.

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    Elle Gardner
    March 28, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway Amy. I’ve made a memory quilt of my sister’s tshirts from her travelling 20s and she treasures it. But I’d love to make a denim quilt of all our denim jeans. They’re such good textiles and so comfortable, it’s hard to part with a good pair of denim jeans. I would love to re-use them in a quilt like Blairs. It looks amazing!

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    Karla Stronk
    March 28, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    My son in law is a triathlete. He is the hardest person in our family to buy or do anything for, because he just doesn’t seem to want or need anything. When I saw the quilt made from race numbers I got so excited! What a perfect gift for him!!

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    Kelly Paulson
    March 28, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I would love to make a quilt with the baby clothes that I just couldn’t bring myself to part with! I have six boys and one little girl. I only saved a few items, but a quilt would be super sweet!

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    Julie
    March 28, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    I have made several memory quilts out of t-shirts and baby clothes but my favorite is a sashed patchwork quilt I made from my dad’s plaid cotton collared shirts. I have more of his shirts and would love to make addition “grandpa” quilts for each of my children someday. 💙

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    Karin
    March 28, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    I’ve used dress shirts for fabric before, but I’d love to make a quilt for myself out of my sons’ baby clothes.

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    Tubaville
    March 28, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I am planning on restoring a quilt my great grandma made my parents. When I first got it, I deconstructed it and removed all the rotten, holy, torn pieces. Then I properly reassembled it and now it waits for me to finish by appliqueing in pieces to repair the holes. I’m adding a little bit of me to show the transference from one generation to another but 75% will be original. Grandma hand pieced and machine pieced it together. I’ll be replacing a portion of the damaged hand piecing.

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    Beth T.
    March 28, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Our family lost a beloved member suddenly in January, and I have offered to make quilts for his wife and children from his clothing, which will likely include his Army uniforms along with t-shirts and other clothes. Wise Craft Quilts is going onto my wish list. Thank you for your thorough and thoughtful review.

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    J.
    March 28, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I have just started deboning old shirts which have been loved, without a pattern in mind. What a perfect time for this book to come along!

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    Mary
    March 28, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    I have a few shirts which belonged to a friend who passed away. I would like to make a couple memory pillows – one for his cousin and one for me. I’d love a copy of this book as you’ve shown several ways to incorporate non-traditional fabrics into a meaningful quilt.

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    Louise
    March 29, 2017 at 3:21 am

    I’m working on a quilt for my baby son made up of his dad’s old shirts. It’s only the fourth quilt I’ve made and the first to be pieced and quilted by hand

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    amysbuttonbox
    March 29, 2017 at 3:30 am

    I’d like to scan the messages from our wedding guestbook, have them printed on fabric using spoonflower and then create a quilt using scraps of fabric that I have from when my wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses were made. Just had a baby so this’ll be a project for the future!

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    Anne
    March 29, 2017 at 3:37 am

    I am completely in love with the jeans quilt that is displayed in the book and can’t wait to make one with my husbands old jeans. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Brooke
    March 29, 2017 at 4:24 am

    I would love to make a quilt out of fabric from all of my daughters’ dresses some day!

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    KT
    March 29, 2017 at 4:32 am

    I would like to make a quilt using my mother’s old embroideries–she used to embroider pillow cases, pillows, chair covers, etc, and I would love to preserve some of these worn items in a quilt for her.

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    homemadefarm
    March 29, 2017 at 4:51 am

    I have a stack of jeans to turn into a quilt

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    Leslie K.
    March 29, 2017 at 5:38 am

    My daughter has always wanted a t-shirt quilt made from all of her soccer shirts from the ages of 5-18. However, she never has the time to help me sort through her shirts and to find the ones she would really like to use. My birthday is in a few weeks and she asked me what I would like for my birthday. My answer: time with her to sort through all those t-shirts so that I can start working on this project! We have a date in 12 days!

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    Erin in PA
    March 29, 2017 at 5:42 am

    I have been saving T-shirts that my daughter has worn (special ones from groups, teams, or grades in elementary school). She is only in 5th grade, but I know that in a few years I will have enough to make her a t-shirt quilt!

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    ivy
    March 29, 2017 at 5:53 am

    I actually made a quilt of my father’s clothes when he passed away in 1999 and now I am finally making a quilt of his ties (I’m at the quilting stage). I have a bunch of my kids’ baby clothes saved for a quilt, too, and I have a bunch of random clothes (mine, my boyfriend’s, a neighbor’s, the kids’) for a make-do challenge that’s going on right now!

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    Cathy B.
    March 29, 2017 at 5:59 am

    I’ve been saving my husband’s Slo-Pitch softball shirts for 25+ years and will make a quilt when his playing days are over. It’s a team that has stuck together through the years, watching each other’s kids grow up, get married, and have kids of their own. The quilt will be a special memory.

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    Amy L
    March 29, 2017 at 6:10 am

    One of the quilts in my future queue will be made from the jeans I embroidered for myself in high school, and have been saving since 1977. Blair’s section on denim quilts would definitely help get this one done.

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    Jean
    March 29, 2017 at 6:16 am

    My sentimental UFO is a stack of “autograph” blocks from the 1940’s as well as some pieces of vintage embroidery. I’d love to turn them into something(s) quilted.

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    Annie Collett
    March 29, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I love the idea of working beyond ” the square” with denim….had been collecting old jeans for awhile, but, finally let them go for someone else to use…drat! But…., but…. the saleman’s wool samples….the, ” Willy Loman,” Ha! has me cleaning out my stash looking for that box of samples from my Grandmother! Thank you for the reviews!

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    Nancy B
    March 29, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I have some old hankies saved from my grandma,, mom and aunts that I’ve always planned on making a quilt from, and someday keeps zipping by!

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    Linda
    March 29, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I have created T-shirt quilts for husband and sons. Baby clothes quilt for friend and now it’s time to make something for me. Embroidery and cross stitch that was never framed, embroidered jeans pockets from the 70’s and special T’s saved for me. Time to do something fun for myself!

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    NorahS
    March 29, 2017 at 6:57 am

    I would like to make a t-shirt quilt for my daughter.

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    Josee
    March 29, 2017 at 6:59 am

    I love that! I keep a lot of shirt for a future project.

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    CherylB
    March 29, 2017 at 7:09 am

    I JUST finished 2 memory quilts this week!!! A friend asked that I make them for the grandmothers for Mother’s Day ! I think there wil be tears shed lol I used little onesies and tshirts to make the front and the backs are receiving blankets. I had two receiving blankets left and I made teddy bears out of them and embroidered names and birth dates on each!!

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    Mary on Lake Pulaski
    March 29, 2017 at 7:25 am

    I kept all of my Dad’s wool suits, vests and sweaters when he passed away and I would love to make a wool throw quilt someday (soon).

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    Lisa Long
    March 29, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I’d like to make a quilt using my Dad’s shirts and ties.

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    Jan
    March 29, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I’m a retired hospice chaplain and saw many examples of the comfort of a memory quilt for patients’ families. I now sew them for friends from time to time and am always searching for fresh ideas.

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    Buffy
    March 29, 2017 at 7:49 am

    When I was a kids we had an “H” block quilt (I think about 80 8″ H blocks) that my grandmother made. It was scrappy and went with us everywhere- beach, picnics, mountain hikes, forts in the living room. Our last name started with H and it was the most loved quilt in the world and it literally fell apart. Now my married last name starts with S and before my daughter gets too old I want to make a similar S block quilt for my family and my daughter to grow up with. I always say it will be the next quilt I make!!!

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    Donna
    March 29, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I am making an Improv log cabin quilt right now using fabric snippets from clothes I made and wore in the late 1970’s! I’m using muslin as the filler because I used to make and wear muslin peasant blouses all the time. Calling it my Patchouli Days quilt!

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    Nena M Greer
    March 29, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I have save sports’ team T-shirts from my son all his life – he is now almost 14. I am making him quilt this summer from those shirts. I have a couple of ideas in mind; it is ‘next’ in the quilts-to-make lineup! Thanks for a great blog!

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    Ilana
    March 29, 2017 at 8:46 am

    I am planning to make several memorial quilts from my mom’s mumu dresses which she wore daily during the long, hot, Arizona summers. She had a lot of mumus and each one is made of about 3 yards of fabric. I want to make a quilt for myself, for each of my 3 kids and for my sister.

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    Trina
    March 29, 2017 at 9:09 am

    I’d love to make a quilt from my husband’s and son’s button-down dress shirts.

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    Mom C
    March 29, 2017 at 9:09 am

    My neighbor lost her husband to cancer and I’ve offered to make her a memory quilt. She’s thinking about it. I’d love to show her some less traditional ideas. Thanks.

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    Natalie Ford
    March 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I recently became an aunt to two beautiful twin girls. I would love to make a quilt out of their old onesies after they outgrow them!

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    Stefanie
    March 29, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I’m wanting to make a quilt of pieces of fabric from my grandmothers stash to remember her.

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    Lissi
    March 29, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Thank you, Amy, for the recommendations; after reading this post, I popped over to Amazon and bought both books. Wise Craft Quilts will be especially helpful. My eleven year old son died about 18 months ago, and I saved his favorite clothes, in hopes of making a quilt, someday. This book will help make certain that I do the job properly. I appreciate your help. <3

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    Lorraine
    March 29, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I recently helped my mom go through all of her fabric–mostly leftovers from dresses she made for her 3 daughters (including me) and herself over the years. I’d like to make a quilt for her using all of the scraps. I’d also like to make T-shirt quilts for my kids. I’ve saved the shirts, but they’re all just sitting in bins–time to make something out of them!

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    Carmen Carter
    March 29, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I saw the Wise Craft Quilts book at B&N this weekend and had to have it. I love all of the quilts in the book as well as the stories that go along with them. I think many quilts in this book would make up beautifully in either “recycled” or new fabrics. I have a 1 yr old granddaughter and would like to make her mom a quilt out of her baby and toddler clothes.

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    gpdavenport
    March 29, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I made a quilt top of all of my son’s video game and cartoon t-shirts from birth to college.

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    Cathy
    March 29, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I plan to make a quilt from my husband’s jeans and work shirts.

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    Tammy Mabry
    March 29, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I have been enamored with this type of quilt for a while now. I would love to make a quilt with clothing from every member of my family, old and young alike. I think it would be a great tribute to the family as well as making it very interesting with a bunch of different fabrics and prints.

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    Anne
    March 29, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I would love a copy of this book, as I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with a big pile of precious baby clothes. I bet there’s something great in this book for me!

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    S.Marie.B
    March 29, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I have 1 shirt of my dad’s that I’ve saved over 25 years for a ‘Dad Quilt’, & may find the inspiration to make me cut into that special shirt from this book!! Thanks for the chance.

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    Sheena stone
    March 29, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Finally at 49 I’ve met the man for me – better late than never eh! And we’ve just each sold up and bought our 1st house together. To celebrate this as a memory quilt for the future (our future – how i love saying that!) when it was my turn for the bee blocks at the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild I asked for everyone to make me a house block. Any size, any design, but in a pallette of red, navy and turquoise. I am also making one block each that shows each of our separate old houses and one showing our house together. I’ve also asked my partner – who is an architect, to design a new house for us, for our future, which I’ll also make in fabric. So it will not only be memories for us but also of the lovely ladies in my quilt group who were so pleased for me when I finally met the man for me.

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    Nancy Centrella
    March 29, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I have made 3 T shirt quilts …one for my children’s swim coach.. it has a piece with each of the years they swam from 1991- 2004 and then one for each of my daughters.. they both swam through college. Right now I’m making a T shirt quilt for my son-in-law …needing to be done for his graduation from vet school in May!
    However I have all my husband’s grandfathers bow ties … he only wore bow ties!! I could use some help in using them in a quilt!!

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    Diane
    March 29, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Not sentimental, but I love the look of denim quilts. I’d love to make one with various colors of denim.

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    Gaby Alegria
    March 29, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    You have inspired me with this review to do a quilt with my grandma dresses. She passes away 19 months ago. She more a mother than a grandmother, she raised my brother and me and give us every second of her life. My brother has and null is dresses and we didn’t know what to do with them. I definitely need The Wise Craft Quilts Book!!

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    Tac
    March 29, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    I have some old handkerchiefs I’d like to use in a quilt.

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    Fran
    March 30, 2017 at 1:32 am

    I would love to make a quilt from my Mum’s special & favourite items of clothing, she passed away last year & I saved her clothes for this reason. Thanks for a fantastic review & for a chance to win this excellent book.

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    pennylanequilts
    March 30, 2017 at 9:16 am

    While cleaning this week, I came across a stack of vintage handkerchiefs that belonged to my grandma. Time to get them out of the drawer and turned into something useful!

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    Angi
    March 30, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    My SIL is pregnant and I want to make this baby a quilt from things that belonged to its siblings and older family members. What a fabulous book!

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    Sarah
    March 30, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    i have been collecting vintage tablecloths, some have significant stains. I’d love to use them in a quilt.
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    Alicia
    March 30, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    I’ve been saving my famalies’ jeans and would love to make 2 big picnic quilts for my sons.

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    Fiona
    March 31, 2017 at 5:08 am

    I have a load of old gig tshirts that I want to make into a quilt, I also have an almost niece that I have said that I would make a quilt of some of her clothes as she out grows them. My imagination is much bigger than my cutting table! 🙂

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    Jenny
    March 31, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    id like to tear apart my first quilt I ever made, at age 16, its terrible…and it contains all the scraps of fabric from the clothes our mom made us growing up…I think it would be great for something smaller for my sisters and mom

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    Mary
    April 1, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I have a bunch of linen tea towels that my mom collected when we lived in Australia. I’d love to find a creative way to use them in a quilt that would remind me of that special time.

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    Jennifer M.
    April 1, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I have a collection of favorite clothes my kids have outgrown (so far) and their favorite duvet covers from when they were tiny that I’d like to make into quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Michelle M
    April 1, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    I’d like to make a NICU quilt from the six months my son spent in the NICU. Clothes he wore, a hospital gown or two, some of the worn out quilts we used in his crib while there, perhaps even some of the more sewable medical supplies. Maybe. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around whether it could be more than just using the fabrics, but somehow depicting the NICU as it is: one of the hardest but also most magical places in the world.

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    Marcia Rickettson
    April 2, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Wow! I thought I was inspired by the book and your review but I’m equally inspired by all of the ideas people have written to you! This was a great idea you had for this giveaway! In your review I was inspired by the sensory quilts for the elderly made from familiar fabrics. My daughter is a nurse in a nursing home and I’d like to make some for the residents.

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    Jessica
    April 3, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I started a t-shirt quilt for myself two years ago and would love to finally get it finished. I also love the idea of the quilt made from racing bibs. My husband is a runner, and heaven knows it would be good to have a way to wrangle and preserve all of those memories.

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    Samanth
    April 5, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I’ve been collecting t-shirts that my son outgrows but that he loves the picture/design on. I’ve got so many that he’ll be getting at least 2 quilts at this point and he’s only 8!

    I used to work at a university and one of our student workers, who had worked in our office her whole 4 years was graduating. I collaborated with her friends (also workers in our office) to collect signature blocks from other friends and her favorite professors at the university. I also used photos of her and her friends that had been taken over the 4 years. I merged them all into blocks made with pink and white fabrics (pink was her favorite color). We gave it to her at a graduation party we threw for her. I regret that I never took a picture of the quilt.

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