A 1970s Memory Quilt

1970s Memory Quilt

This isn’t strictly a quilt: it’s a patchwork cover with no quilting involved. My grandmother made it for me in the 1970s.

A lot of the pieces have faded now but the bright orange lives on as good as ever.  Most of the fabrics were dressmaking scraps from my clothes or my mother’s.  Where my grandmother needed extra fabric she used scraps from her own and my aunt’s dressmaking.  It’s made from hand pieced hexagons and reflects the zany 1960s and 1970s clothes colours.   She gave me the cover for my 17th birthday and I took it to college with me where I used it every day for three years.

A lot of the pieces are very worn now but I love the quilt and keep it where I can see it every day. It was a lovely present from a lovely lady.

Memory Quilt Closeup


Author: norma

Hello, I'm Norma and I live in Wales. I love animals, baking, growing veggies but my big loves are sewing and history.

9 thoughts on “A 1970s Memory Quilt”

  1. Oh it’s beautiful! I love the colours and prints, so full of 1970s memories! That your grandma made it for you makes it even more special. xxx

  2. How wonderful. You probably remember the clothes the fabric swatches came from.
    Do you know Anne from Spy Girl? She’s been highlighting bits and pieces of a patchwork quilt she had made decades ago from her old clothes, alongside drawings and photos of herself wearing the garment. You can get to her from my side bar if you want.

  3. The fabric designs look a bit familiar, I have patchwork very like this from the same era, when I was growing up and my Nana did lots of dressmaking for us as children. What a lovely thing to have! I love memory joggers like this.

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