Crafting Memory Blankets

Apr 7, 2011


When I was a little girl I loved the simple patchwork quilts my mother lovingly constructed of scraps of fabric cut from clothing I had outgrown. Each square, carefully organized into a colorful pattern, held a memory-the family trip to Mount Rushmore or our backyard Fourth of July party. My mother also created beautiful intricately patterned quilts, but it's these simple quilts, sewn from scraps of memories that I remember best.

Melisa Darnieder's Magic Carpet Blanket, from the Spring issue of Interweave Crochet, captures the nostalgia of those treasured quilts while at the same time incorporating the brilliant texture of crochet. Each square is crocheted separately before being seamed into this traditional Trip Around the World quilt pattern. I can imagine using scraps of yarn left over from my favorite crochet projects to construct a crocheted memory afghan. It makes me want to experiment with translating other quilt patterns into crochet.



Speaking of quilts, I picked up a copy of our sister magazine Quilting Arts yesterday and found an article on Nostalgia quilts. I love the idea of incorporating crochet motifs or leftover yarn with quilting by stitching them on top of a fabric quilt base the way the lace was used in this example.

The "America Celebrates Quilts of Remembrance & Joy" article featured "Mother's Day", a quilt from Gillette, Wyoming, near my hometown, bringing back a flood of rodeo memories and both quilting and crochet inspiration.


Whether you are crafting with fabric or crochet-or both!-quilts and blankets provide inspiration and a way to share our craft and preserve our memories. And you can subscribe to Quilting Arts for year round ispirations. 

Best wishes,









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bobochel wrote
on Apr 7, 2011 10:06 AM

I have always saved my gauges from any crochet project whether it was for me or a gift for a friend. I then do a 2 row edging with a black yarn to be pieced together later. Flat edges can be joined easily, but I will add additional increase/decrease stitches when attaching rounds. That way they'll be squared and join easily. This way, I'll have a mix-matched quilt of projects past. Most I can even identify what the project was. I got the idea from thinking "Why save scraps for a scrap afghan.. (which i do), and why should I have to throw away the gauge. I can turn this into a "scrap" afghan to remember my hard work and the memories of the qifts given."

Chel :)

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charlie5 wrote
on Apr 11, 2011 2:17 PM

Why is it that when an interesting e-mail is sent out that it is not checked for readability?  I received the Crochetme e-mail with a picture of a Zinnia from the Apr/May issue of Quilting Arts pasted over a section of the commentary. This just ruins the whole article when you cannot read it all  !!!!!!!

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Apr 11, 2011 2:40 PM

Hi Charlie5,

Can you tell me what email program you use (ie yahoo, gmail, etc). We do check the newsletters on multiple formats because they tend to read them slightly, or sometimes not so slightly, differently. If you are having trouble with yours I want to see if we can check against that program as well.