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Three months ago I had an idea. I wanted to put all my girls clothes into a quilt, so that I could remember all those moments forever. I wasn’t sure if it was doable. I wrote a post about it.

I’m a kinda emotional person when it comes to memories. A little bit weird, perhaps. But it’s who I am. I’m not sure that I’m done with having kids, but I’m 90% sure I am. Hubby tells me we are 100% done. I think he could possibly be swayed. I don’t know.

When I wrote that post about ‘the idea’ of a quilt, I had no idea that it would set the wheels in motion for it to happen. A message came into my inbox from a friend Megsy, who happens to quilt. She said she could do it for me.

For real.

I bundled up all the girls clothes, and it was an emotional time for me, but I was also a little bit excited. I sent anything that was special, including everyday clothes. Sending them was hard. Trusting that the postal system wouldn’t lose my beautiful baby clothes was EPIC. They arrived safely and Megsy went on her quilting way. I just picked the backing fabric, and that was it.

A few weeks later she messaged me with a photo update. I lost it. I ugly cried on the spot. I loved it.

And then they arrived at my house, and more tears. I love them so much. I have one for Lacey and one for Luella. They’re made up of all their cute things. Each square on the quilts brings back different memories for me. It’s LOVE.

Lulu isn’t in a big bed yet, so hers is being tucked away until she has a bed to sleep in, but she’s already lay on it, looked at it and loved it too.

I know there are a few people that create these memory quilts. Before Megsy offered, I found a few on Etsy. This is one that I really loved. Also, Megsy has kinda been forced into a business… with so many people wanting her to make them as well. You can message her on Facebook and see what her costs are.

Are you sentimental sod too? Or tough as nails?

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  • Andrea Hay

    Yay! So beautiful! I seriously was just thinking about this yesterday and was going to contact you to see how things were going with the quilts.

    Stunning!

  • I am a knitter and I use all my scrap wool to make a memory blanket. You just reminded me that I should really get on and finish it!

  • Sarah

    Thanks for blogging about this Chantelle! They are so beautiful! Can’t wait to do one each for my girls. Did you hold on to any extra special outfits at all for the girls or just included everything?

    • I kept their coming home outfits, so I could remember how small they were.

      And then there were some outfits I thought I’d keep to remember them as a whole, but I got brave and put them all in the quilt. x

  • Love this! How gorgeous.

  • I love this idea. I used to be more sentimental but now I just embrace the change. My beautiful nephew was a micro premie and lost his battle. Now every time my kids grow out of something I just count my blessings that they get to grow. But I can’t get rid of their clothing easily. The quilt is just gorgeous.

  • Absolutely love this idea. I have so many gorgeous clothes packed away and I feel like such a hoarder. Having them made into a beautiful quilt just seems ingenious.

  • They look amazing Chantelle! What lovely memories for you all. It looks lovely on Lacey’s bed too. What a clever and kind friend.

  • Tash Jay

    They turned out beautifully! She did an amazing job!

  • Daveena

    I love it. Such a great idea… I just wish I had heard about it (or thought of it myself!) sooner.. I have given the girls itty bitty clothes away 🙁 I’ll def be saving a few of them now though. These are keeper quilts! Your girls will keep them forever 🙂

    • I hope they love them as much as I do. They’re so special. You don’t need to only do baby clothes, bigger girl clothes would work beautifully.

  • I was going to make a rag rug with mine but this is just gorgeous!

  • Kim

    I spotted these quilts online a year ago and was struck by how much I love this idea……and then it transformed what I decided to do with my 3 kids clothes (since I am an A grade hoarder!) Instead of feeling bad about keeping my kids’ clothes, I decided to really have a purpose for them. I am yet to get the quilt made and I will wait a little while longer but thanks for the reminder. I love your girls’ quilts. Gorgeous! PS What a stunning happy photo of Luella! Her eyes sparkle so much!

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