How To Make a Quilt Square

How do I get started? …is a question that many donor family members ask.

First, think about what you may want to share about your loved one.07 - 85

Inspiration can come from…

  • your loved one’s hobbies, sports,
    passions
  • a favorite photo or memory
  • an article of clothing or t shirt
  • a drawing or poem
  • a page from the In Celebration and Remembrance book, your Tribute Album, scrapbook or photo album
  • a spiritual or religious book or passage
  • a special relationship with a child, grandchild, spouse, parent, or other relative
  • anywhere else…

Some techniques that others have chosen…             Quilt How to Start

  • iron-on photo transfer onto the quilt square fabric
  • permanent marker, laundry marking pen, fabric paint directly on fabric
  • hand or machine embroidery or appliqué
  • a favorite fabric on top of the quilt square
  • badges, commendations, or other mementos securely attached to the square***
  • ask a friend to help you create the square or any combination of the above!

Now that you are ready to work…

You have received a 12’ x 12” square of unbleached muslin fabric as your work surface.Quilt Square graphic

Plan to use the center portion of the square, up to within one inch of each edge. That leaves a 10” x 10” design area with a one inch border on each side. Your square will be joined to eight others, for a total of nine squares to complete each quilt.

Resources

  • Local office supply stores can help you with an iron-on photo transfer. Your image will need to be ‘flipped’ or ‘mirror imaged’ to show correctly when ironed on the square. If you need help resizing the image and flipping it, the staff should be able to help with that.
  • Permanent markers, fabric markers and fabric paints are widely available at local craft and big box stores – or maybe even in your own home or laundry room!

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  • Hand embroidery and appliqué can be labors of love, but if that isn’t your interest, a local shop that does machine embroidery can help with your design. You may find an embroidery shop in a mall, or perhaps at a uniform shop or dry cleaner.

*** If you want to use a favorite fabric, badges, mementos, or a portion of a favorite piece of clothing, be sure to stitch securely to the square!! Adhesives and glue deteriorate over time.

I’ve finished, now what do I do?

Be sure you have secured all items to the square and have left a border for your square to be joined to the others.

You may want to include a written description telling how your loved one influenced the design so visitors can read the stories of donors and their families in
our Quilts of Love scrapbook.

Please mail completed square, authorization form and description, if included, to:

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ATTN: Carolyn Wolford

5733 Bayside Rd. Suite 104

Virginia Beach, VA   23455

To request a quilt square, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Carolyn Wolford at (757) 609-4671 or 1-800-847-7831 ext. 4671.

For more ideas and to look at quilt samples, click on the Memorials tab and select Handmade Memorial Quilts. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select any year a quilt was made.