How to Make a Quilt Square

Choose a 10×10-inch square of fabric. Your design must fit within a 9” x 9” square so there is one inch margin to sew each piece together. Think about using materials that can be washed or vacuumed so that your quilt square will endure.

Please incorporate the following into your quilt square: the first and last name of the person to whom the quilt square is dedicated and the years they were living (For example, John Doe 3/24/1938 – 8/13/2008).

If you would like to put a photograph on your quilt square, they can be included and transferred onto fabric. You will need to take the material and the photograph to a photocopy center. There is a special process whereby they can transfer the photograph onto the material. Most transfers involve both copying the photograph and ironing it onto your quilt square. Make sure the center can do both of these things or direct photo-to-garment printing. Many copy centers will not reproduce photographs that have been done professionally due to copyright laws.

Ideas for Quilt Squares

Things to think about:

  • Help us learn about your loved one – who they were, what they liked to do, what you as a family like to do together.
  • What visual images or symbols represent your loved one’s interests, skills or hobbies?
  • What was their favorite color, song or food?
  • What best expresses your love and feelings for your loved one? It can be a poem, a drawing, a design, words from a song, symbols, a design made from your family’s name – it can be anything.
  • You may want to think of a special memory that warms your heart, and gives you strength. Try to depict this memory on your square.

If you are unsure of what to do or need help getting started:

  • View the CORE quilt gallery for ideas and inspiration
  • Ask a friend or relative to help
  • Ask a local fabric store for tips from experienced quilters
  • For further assistance, please call 800-DONORS-7 (800-366-6777)
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