Can Scraps Make Blocks For A Memory Quilt?


We all look for uses for the scraps. Quilting Contessa covers a way to use those scraps to make memory quilts. Read, love, and share.

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Can Scraps Make Blocks For A Memory Quilt?

You've finished your quilt! Congratulations! Looking around, you see your pile of leftover scraps. What should you do with them? Lots of quilt teachers have filing systems in boxes for scraps and that might be the route for you.

Can Scraps Make Blocks For A Memory Quilt?


But what if you could use these scraps to make a quilt which would be a "memory quilt" of the quilts you have already made? Immediately after finishing a quilt, take the scraps and make a Mile-a Minute block. Mile-a-Minute is a technique whereby you sew together the scraps to make new fabric. There is more than one way to do Mile-a-Minute and you can easily find a YouTube video that works for you.

new fabric


The first pass for these techniques often involves sewing the small scraps to a long piece of fabric.

first pass


You continue to sew scraps to scraps until there is enough for you to make a block.

first block


You can also save leftover blocks from your quilts and use them as blocks in the memory quilt. These might be because you miscounted the number of blocks needed for a large quilt or they might be a practice block you made at the beginning of the quilt.



You can choose the size of the block you want to keep. After about 12 quilts or so, you should have enough blocks for your memory quilt. Arrange the blocks on a background any way that you wish and voila!



Each block in this quilt will be the memory of a quilt you made in the past. Maybe the quilt was for a family member or for a special occasion or for a special charity. These memories will last!


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The basic unit of a quilt top, usually square but can be rectangular or other shapes. Blocks can be pieced, appliqued or plain.
Memory Quilt
A quilt with signatures from friends, community often for an important life event.

Same As: Autograph Quilt, Signature Quilt, Album Quilt
Debi Warner
Author and humorist, Debi Warner, retired after many years as a clinical librarian and information specialist. She has her Master’s in Library and Information Science and achieved a Distinguished level in the Medical Library Association’s Association of Health Information Professionals. She has worked on teaching physicians to use computers and electronic resources. She also worked on several grants teaching the public how to use the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus public database and is co-author of several articles on health literacy. She took up quilting after retirement in 2012 and chaired the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Show in 2019. She currently teaches several quilting classes over Zoom and writes for QuiltingHub.
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