Memory Quilt Workshop

Memory Quilt Workshop


Do you have a bunch of old tee-shirts that you can’t just get rid of because of the memories they hold? Do you know someone who is hoarding tee-shirts from their past that you would love to make into a family heirloom?

In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of t- shirt quilt making with quilt aficionado Caroline Heinrichs.


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The pattern that you will learn in this workshop can be scaled bigger for future projects. We selected a size that could be completed from start to finish in one day so that you get to learn each step of the process. You can find further inspirations for memory quilts made from tee-shirts here.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to use a walking (quilting) foot
  • Tools you’ll need to quilt at home
  • How to size and cut your t-shirts
  • beginner free motion machine quilting
  • How to finish any quilt with a secure bias binding.

Skill requirements: Basic machine sewing skills required (ie. you’ve taken an introduction to sewing and have sewn at least some smaller projects like a cushion cover, tote bag or other)

Material requirements:  

9-12 t-shirts uncut, washed/dried,  25 in. length of 100% cotton that is subdued in colour/print compared to t-shirt colours you are bringing with you. You will also need a spool of 100% cotton thread to match your design. The Makehouse will provide batting for this workshop.

Equipment requirements: Please note that we provide a sewing machine for you to use in the studio, but you are more than welcome to bring your machine from home. If you’d like to bring your home machine, please remember to bring the manual (and foot pedal/power cord) and arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time.

Group size: We like to keep our workshops cozy and fun, so attendance is limited to 6 guests.

Instructor: Caroline Heinrichs  (

Caroline has a lifetime of experience in sewing and quilting. Her mother first taught her how to embroider, then in high school she become an avid sewer. After school, she began making handmade items that she sold at markets.  She has been making commissioned quilts since 2009.
Caroline is confident that beginner sewer or quilters can manage the steps to successful completion of their own t-shirt quilt in one day.
Caroline is now a qualified instructor and provides classes for guilds. She has developed several workshops since 2009 when she completed Adult Learning Instructor training at Vancouver Community College with a focus on sewing, quilting  and the thrifty reuse of clothing. Caroline recently moved to Victoria area and loves modern quilting, hand embroidery and free form art quilting. In 2004, she won 1st place in “Most Innovative” category for the quilt named “Silver Linings Crazy Quilt”
Caroline will be showing a trunk show of her quilts over lunch on the day of the workshop, which will be open to the public.

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