Do you have much-loved photographs or postcards stashed in a drawer or box? Do you have prized vacation photos stored in your smartphone? Are those awkward but wonderful photos of your children’s sports teams still pushpinned into a corkboard?

Many of us are guilty of not making the most of these priceless mementos. So this month, we have a solution. Consider this for a great summer project: memory quilts and wall-hangings. They make the perfect gift for a holiday (Mother's Day, Father’s Day), a wedding, a birthday or graduation.

Laura Kay Houser of McKinney’s Happiness Is … Quilting!, a local specialty shop, recently shared some ideas for a wonderful way to preserve memories and create something lovely for your own home or the walls of family members. Memory quilts, wall-hangings and pillows will last a lifetime.

Tools needed:

  • Photos/postcards
  • Ink-jet copier
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
McKinney Magazine - How To

McKinney Magazine - How To

McKinney Magazine - How To

McKinney Magazine - How To

  • Prepared fabric sheets (buy at a
  • quilting or hobby store)
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Iron


1. Prepare image or text on your computer or locate an old photo you would like to use.

2. Scan in the image, use digital photos or create a new design.

3. Insert fabric sheets in your printer.

4. Hit print to transfer your photos or postcards on to the fabric sheets.

5. Allow the ink to dry for at least 15 minutes.

6. Trim.

7. Remove the backing paper. Pull away from the grain of the fabric.

8. If you have excess ink left from the printer, soak the fabric paper in room temperature water for a few minutes.

9. Lay flat to dry.

10. Reveal your photo fabric creation.

11. If you wish to make a complete quilt, cut and sew.

The beauty of this project is that you can sew the fabrics together in any design of your choice and make a quilt that you can snuggle up to for a lifetime. Another option is to make a wall-hanging and place it anywhere you would like, such as a dad’s office just in time for Father’s Day.

Source: Memory Quilts by Linda Causee.


About the author: Carolyn Kubes is a local freelance writer and offers many unique decorating ideas on her Facebook page. She can be contacted at or followed on Facebook.