Hello Watkinson parents!
My name is Paola Dumeer and I am overseeing the construction of the 2017 class memory quilt. I am here to help and look forward to working with you.
A memory quilt is a wonderful keepsake. It is constructed in the typical fashion of making a quilt. Various fabrics are arranged, sewn together and ironed flat to form the front known as the quilt top. It is set on top of a layer of batting then backed with another piece of fabric. The process of attaching all three layers together is called the quilting.
When constructing a memory quilt, the process above is completed before any embellishment takes place. What has become challenging with our Watkinson quilt, is that the construction has to happen with all the embellishing already complete. This can make the sewing and need to iron very difficult. Please keep this in mind when working on your quilt block, and be sure to use items that are appropriate for textiles and sewing. Items such as buttons, beads, trims or any other appliqued items are fine as long as they are kept closer to the center. They should be heat proof.
I will be posting short written tutorials that I hope you will find helpful while working on your quilt blocks. I will also detail the materials I often use, with links to help you find them. Please feel free to reach out to me if you’d like assistance on a particular design idea.
Lastly, please note the required size quilt block this year will be 8.5″ x 8.5″. Please remember to keep your designs within a 1/4″ from all sides.
Let’s get started!