The holidays always make me think of growing up. Our house would be full of family, me and my siblings running around while the grownups cooked and laughed in the kitchen.Every year after Christmas we’d hang up our art projects and handmade cards on the fridge or prop them up on the dining room table.
But in the months that followed, life always happened, and drawings, clothes, toys, and photos were inevitably lost to the sweep of all our comings and goings. It wasn’t until years later that I came across my first keepsake quilt and realized that the best way to preserve those artifacts is to give them new life.
If you’re like me (a total hoarder), drawings and baby clothes and t-shirts and picture albums are inevitably piled up all around your house. You don’t need them anymore, but you can’t just throw them away. Sacrilege, right? So do what I do: turn them into an art project that you can hand down to your kids and your kids’ kids and so on.
We’ve already talked about making t-shirt quilts, but what about photo quilts? Photo quilts are fun to make, both because it gives you the excuse to look through old pictures and because it’s a bit of a change of pace when it comes to quilt making. Preparing the fabric for a photo quilt is easy—and doing it yourself always beats finding something that’s store-bought.
And there you go! Preparing the fabric is probably the scariest part of making a photo quilt, and do you see how easy it is? Now for the fun stuff–making the collage! Pick your images and print them onto your fabric, and from there it’s quilting as you know it.