Whip Up Mini Quilt Giveaway and Keepsake Quilt Along

Today is a red letter day. Not only is it my birthday but I am the guest blogger on WhipUp.net. I met Kathreen when she asked me to submit a project for her book, Whip Up Mini Quilts. I decided to make a quilt based on my Passage Quilting™ process. See my guest post on Whip Up, Quilt Making Heals.

To create the sample, pictured above, for Kathreen’s book, I asked my friend for two pieces of clothing that celebrated the birth of her first child and her initiation into motherhood. She gave me a sailor suit worn by her son, along with one of her favorite maternity tops.

Make your own Keepsake Quilt

Join me for a three part Mini Keepsake Quilt-along. Starting a week from today, I’ll take you step by step through the improvisational process of making the sample for Kathreen’s book. You can follow along using your own unique and meaningful materials.

In the meantime qualify for a chance to win a copy of Whip Up Mini Quilts by telling me about the keepsake quilt you would like to make? What life passage would it reflect? What materials would you use? Enter the giveaway by commenting on this post with your answers. You do not have to make the quilt to enter. The contest will be open through midnight on March 31st.

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73 Responses to Whip Up Mini Quilt Giveaway and Keepsake Quilt Along

  1. nelle says:

    Ribbons from my daughter’s horse shows.

  2. Kimberlee says:

    I would love to create a keepsake quilt of my recently passed grandfather’s dress shirts. He was one of those always in a suit guys, and I think it would be a wonderful memory piece to pass onto my girls.
    ~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 
    SpunkyDiva at live.com

  3. Rebecca says:

    I would make a quilt to represent the life of my incredible mother in law and what she has meant to our family. I hope to create a tangible remembrance of her. I would use some of her clothing, of course! Thanks for your inspiration!

  4. Stephinie says:

    I’ve had my heart set on sewing up a quilt patchwork style with pieces of clothing from my kids that I have saved. I know someday when the whole rowdy brood of them have started their own lives I will be able to look at that quilt & smile at all the memories we’ve made :)

  5. Susan Waite says:

    I have some of my Mom’s clothing and want to whip up a small quilt from these.

  6. janet cooper says:

    To celebrate the birth of my first grandchild: With scraps of fabric originally clothing from our family and my daughter’s in-laws, I will piece together these scraps as well as embroidery our names and a few loving words. I am requesting blues and pinks as well as cotton fabric.

  7. Gloria says:

    I would like to make a quilt with the pieces of a Grandmother Flower Garden that I found that my Gramma started to make when I was a teenager.

  8. Claire says:

    Your ideas and finished projects are very thought provoking! What a great way to preserve memories for survivors.

  9. Leona McCANN says:

    I would like to make a keepsake quilt for my Mum with her paintings printed on fabric in an attic window type setting. To celebrate what an amazing artist she is.

    Leona

  10. I want to make a keepsake quilt from my grandmother’s clothing and linens. She was my best friend and has been gone for six years now. So far I haven’t been able to bring myself to cut her things up and I don’t have a vision for the quilt. It is something I want to do that I will remind me of how close we were and be like getting a big hug. It will also be something I can share with my sons.

  11. Loretta says:

    I would love to make a keepsake quilt from my uncle’s (who passed away in 2000) flannel shirts. I keep them when we cleaned out in hopes of doing something when with them later.

  12. elisabeth schmidt says:

    I would love to use clothes and fabrics from my children’s lives to remember each stage as they grow.

  13. felicia says:

    I would love to make a keepsake quilt , but have my great grandmother help me, she does beautiful work with triangles . I would hope to capture the growing up period in my life , I got pregnant @ 17 & now have 3 beautiful children & an amazing husband I’ve save my children’s receiving blankets & some of their fav outfits , I’ve thought of making one for each child that they may keep & remeber how much I love them all

  14. Connie Garrett says:

    My son is leaving for graduate work in Spain at the end of this year. I would love to make a quilt using fabrics of some of his clothing, props, and costumes that he has worn in high school and university theatrical productions and concerts. What a joy that will be to give him that quilt to wrap him in the memories and essense of home while he’s abroad!

  15. lynn sheppared says:

    I have kept all my favourite baby clothes for all 3 of my children and intend to make a small lapquilt or pillow using as much of the fabric as possible, it will give us all a wonderful keepsake of when they were babies and also doing my bit for the environment by re-using fabric.

  16. Judy Louy says:

    In 2008, I finished 6 wall hangings, I made for myself and my brothers and sisters, of my mothers clothe,s I had saved 15 years ago, I gave them as Christmas gifts, that Christmas. They were very supprised and greatful. 2010 I entered my memory quilt in our local quilters guild “Sandhills Quilters Guild, and it won 2nd place. I was so very supprised. I have a picture of it if you would like to see it.

  17. Deborah Domin says:

    When my best friends son was killed in a car accident the pain she was going threw was hard to bare. As people where in the house I gathered up the t-shirts on his bedroom floor and took them home. That night and part of the next day I sewed non stop. The quilt was amazing. It reflected him and all of his spirt for life. When giving to the family it was the best thing I could do to comfort. Two months later she still sleeps under it. That quilt is by far the best quilt I ever made . It was not fancy it did not take much time but it is helping heal . Now the family has asked me to make two more . So I told my friend I would teach her and we would make them together so this summer we will be gathering with her mother, grandmother & her mother In law and I will be teaching them the fine art of quilting . Each stitch will be done with much love.

  18. Jmbmommy says:

    Hmmmm, I think that I would make my quilt celebrating my transition from scientist to artist. I could use some old jeans and ugly t-shirts and some of my current quilting fabric.

  19. Marie Kissinger says:

    I have some clothes from my brother-in-law who passed away last year. I am planning to make a quilt and leave it at the cabin that he and my sister have in northern Michigan. I am not going to tell her about, just leave it on the bed in the guest bedroom.

  20. michelle millikan says:

    this is such an awesome thing! i am a mom of nine incredible and unique kids! as a mom i want to save everything i possibly can…what a terrific idea of taking their special things and creating a memory such as this AND clearing some clutter too! i LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea because deep down i know i don’t need to save 3/4ths of the things that i DO keep!! i would love to make one for each one of my kids! quilting is my only “me outlet” and i cherish every second i get to devote to it! i would love to own this book~win or purchase! thank you for being so sweet & giving and offering us the chance to win this! xoxo
    ps…my husband will thank you too…he’s been after me to get rid of all “those clothes”! but we as moms know better! they are little pieces of memories that we so lovingly put our hearts into while picking out that perfect little dress for that birthday party or that “cutest thing ever” that was worn once or twice and was wayyyy out of our price range but we had to have because it was just too cute to pass up!! =)

  21. IVE BEEN WORKING ON A QUILT FOR 9 YEARS, AND NOW THANKS TO YOU HAVE A PROPER NAME FOR IT!! IM WORKING ON A QUILT FOR MY DAD. HE’S BEEN AN AVID HUNTER FOR YEARS. HIS QUILT HAS BEAUTIFUL GREENERY TO REFLECT THE WOODS AND PATCHES OF FABRICS THAT HAS DEER, ELK AND FISH IN IT!. HOWEVER, THE LOSS OF MY MOM IN 2000 REALLY ROCKED THE FOUNDATION OF OUR FAMILY. THE DRESS THAT SHE WAS WEARING THAT DAY HAS BEEN MEASURED NUMEROUS TIMES AND ONLY CUT ONCE BY ME. I WILL INCORPORATE THE BLUE CHAMBRAY INTO HIS QUILT; I PLAN TO DO THE SAME AS A HEALING QUILT FOR MY 3 BROTHERS AND 3 SISTERS.
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR IDEAS AND INSPIRATION WITH US

  22. Mirja says:

    I have been saving my sons favorite shirts since he was a baby and plan to someday make a keepsake quilt for him.

  23. Karen Jones says:

    I have been planning a keepsake quilt called My Fathers Garden. I have been collecting fabrics with the flowers and vegetables he loved to grow, I have even got photos of his roses on fabric to make a circular rose garden. And photos of himself in his beloved garden over the years. I just have to do it.. but how to put it all together is my problem.

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