Memory quilts

On this page you will find Memory quilts that all contain snippets of fabric that are distinctly personal to the quilt’s recipient. Scroll down to see them all…

If you are interested in Lisa stitching you a personalised unique quilt, do click Bespoke-quilt-info for further details.

Click the page links to view more details on By Lisa Watson one of a kind bespoke commissions including Personalised bespoke quilt commissionsBaby quilts, Wedding quilts and Harris Tweed patchwork quilts


Jo wished to have her mother’s golfing jumpers made into a quilt. Following a consultation it was agreed due to the stretchy knitted fabrics to create a chequerboard patchwork quilt with an alternating neutral grey that colour balances against the brightness of the jumpers. The overall effect is contemporary and eye catching.


A patchwork quilt commission for Jane, with Stew’s clothes including; flamboyant boxers, silk ties, rugby team badges, and quite a few jazzy shirts too. Here’s what Jane said about her quilt; . I was so nervous about letting go of Stew’s clothes. I needn’t have been. Lisa has created the most beautiful quilt which is full of such wonderful memories and when I wrap myself up in the quilt it’s like being back in Stew’s arms again I’m absolutely thrilled.

I really enjoy working on all my bespoke commissions as they are all so personal & unique,  and fabrics hold so many delightful memories.


Kate wished a bespoke quilt stitching to celebrate a BIG birthday and make use of the joyous colour pop of printed cottons she had accumulated linked to special family memories. The result is a zinging joyous patchwork quilt that as Kate commented on Instagram; So glad it’s been cheering up your lockdown Lisa, it looks fantastic! V inspiring to know that beauty can come out of adverse times x


Rory’s mum wished a patchwork quilt to celebrate her son’s 16th birthday; Thank you so much for designing and creating Rory’s quilt.  You incorporated sixteen years worth of cherished pieces of clothing into something very special. Thanks for taking into account the (many) notes I sent with the clothes and using very specific parts of certain items.  Love the way you used shirt pockets for items like socks and his little cashmere hat.  Rory is very happy with the quilt and now my Mother wants one for her 80th birthday! Best Dorien 


So pleased to be asked to stitch this tie quilt for Jan’s husband’s birthday which has all his rugby (& a few football) tour ties stitched onto the quilt. Jan wrote; Hi Lisa, he absolutely loved the tie quilt. A very special surprise on a very special occasion. Thank you so much for all your effort and hard work,  it is very much appreciated.


This memory quilt used all of Connor’s clothes. Here is what Katie wrote; Hi Lisa. The quilt is beautiful. I am so glad you could make it for me. All my memories of Connor are now in a quilt for me to keep forever & to pass down to my family in the future. 


Three mini patchwork quilts for 3 siblings, plus two patchwork cushions for 2 sisters, all stitched from beloved Mudda’s clothes. Another sweet memory quilt commission.


A vibrant 18th birthday celebration patchwork quilt for Joel stitched with fabric from childhood & bed clothes, plus dad’s stripy shirt&mum’s spotty trousers.


A really sweet quilt review; I’ve just received my memory quilt, beautifully presented, lovingly stitched and created by Lisa. The whole process was a pleasure from start to finish, with Lisa suggesting what design might work well. Regular updates kept me informed of Lisa’s progress. Whilst the pictures offered a tantalising glimpse, upon its receipt the sight and feel of the memories within the quilt were tangible… my father’s favourite shirt, the one he wore as he held his first granddaughter, then his second, shirts he wore dancing, each bring a smile as I remember him. Thank you Lisa for making memories into beautiful keepsakes and something I can pass to his grandchildren who adored him. Dee

Dee liked her quilt so much and as there was enough shirting fabric leftover, I stitched a similar strip patchwork quilt for her sister too, completed in time for the festivities.


Mark had been squirreling his daughter’s clothes away for a number of years, so it was a huge exciting surprise for their mum to be given this memory quilt from them all on Christmas morning. Such a sweet thoughtful gift.


Emma asked me to stitch a quilt for a friend using some cherished curtains made by their mother and a vibrant film poster as inspiration. Following several e-mails to finalise the quilt design, I got to work. The resulting quilt is vibrant and cheery and channels the autumnal colours on display while it was being stitched.


Yvette got in touch to ask me to stitch a quilt for her daughter’s 18th. Included in the quilt are her daughter’s clothes (plus dad’s stripy shirt&mum’s spotty trousers) and lots of stripy fabrics as her daughter loves stripes. Yvette said; The quilt is gorgeous. Thank you so much Lisa. You’ve woven wonders from a bundle of old school shirts, toddler dresses and baby-grows. It’s been a brilliant way to capture memories of our daughter’s childhood – and give her something beautiful to keep for ever. Thank you so much for pulling out the stops to get it done in time for her 18th.


Kate wished a quilt to celebrate her mum’s 70th birthday using memorable fabrics supplied by family&friends. Kate chose the distinct triangular patchwork design and advised on the fabric distribution&selection; Dear Lisa, I just wanted to write and say a proper thank you for all you did to make my Mum’s 70th birthday quilt so wonderful. The end result is so much more beautiful than I had ever hoped and so amazing, especially considering how a lot of the fabrics I supplied were far from ideal. I also very much appreciate how kind and flexible and helpful you were throughout the process. Collecting fabrics from all of my mum’s friends and family was quite stressful one way or another so it was really great, life saving in fact, to then have you taking over and working on making such a special piece. I can not wait to give my mum the quilt. I will be taking lots of photographs and sending them to everyone that contributed as everyone is really excited to see it and to see my mum’s reaction. For me, this quilt is a present my mum can have with her reminding her of everyone that loves her, keeping her warm and making her smile until the end of her life. It couldn’t be more special to me and I’m so, so grateful for how lovely it is. Thank you Lisa.


Laura asked me to make a special 21st memento quilt for her son Joe; Thanks again for the amazing quilt. You have been able to transform my simple idea into a wonderful momento which I know will be in our family for generations to come. Thank you, thank you, thank you


Annelie wished a quilt for her mum to cuddle up in that wrapped her up with images of her family.


Alex wished me to stitch her a colourful quilt with all her sweatshirts and T-shirts to remind her of her fun student days at Durham University; When I approached Lisa about making a quilt out of all my old university clothes I had no idea what to expect. Throughout the process from initial consultation, through to design and final production, Lisa was exceptional. She made a real effort to really understand what I wanted to achieve with my quilt and managed to pull together all of my treasured memories in such a stylish way. I would have no hesitation in recommending Lisa for a bespoke quilt commission – you can be sure your memories are in safe hands.


Susan Harrison contacted me to stitch two Dresden patchwork quilt cushions for her mother using some of her late father’s ties. Following discussions on colour and design I stitched two traditional with a contemporary twist  cushions. Susan tweeted; Thank you @lisawatso for fabulous cushions incorporating my Dad’s ties.  Mum is delighted! Chrissie Harrison then sweetly e-mailed; The cushions made from my husband’s ties arrived recently and I am delighted by them. They remind me of many happy occasions when he wore the ties. Thank you so much.


Betsy got in touch to stitch a MCR City football shirt quilt for her teenager son; Max. The family came for a quilt consultation and we decided together on a design and what fabrics would work best for Max’s quilt. I really enjoyed this unique stitching challenge.

Here’s what Betsy said about Max’s quiltLisa was amazing to work with. She has made years of football shirts into a real masterpiece. We could not have envisioned anything better! Max loves it. Thank you so much again


Debbie wished to use all of her father’s amazing collection of ties to create a comforting quilt for her mother, who has just moved into a new flat closeby to Debbie after selling her martial home. Every single tie has been stitched into this quilt to create an eyecatching design. The quilt has been backed and binded in shirting fabric to link in with this tie quilt.

Here is what Debbie said; Thanks again for the beautiful Quilt, pride of place on mum’s bed. The death of your life partner is devastating, but for Mum, downsizing from the house she had shared with Dad, to a flat  for one, was a painful and difficult process. When she gave me a bag of Dad’s old ties that the felt she could not keep, I realised what a strong reflection of his life they were. In the bag were ties from school, university, professional and personal aspects of his life. There were ties that I could clearly remember him wearing to important family events. When I discussed them with Lisa she used her wonderful artistic flair and intricate practical skills to create a true work of art. The quilt is both a psychological and physical comfort and is undoubtedly now a wonderful keepsake and remembrance of my dear departed Dad. Thank you Lisa.  Angela added; Thank you for the wonderful quilt incorporating Noel’s ties. It gives me joy on a daily basis.


Elaine brought all her daughter’s baby and childhood clothes, as well as some of her maternity dresses to stitch into a comforting memory quilt for Charlotte who has just started studying medicine at Oxford University (WOW!). Elaine really wished as many fabrics as possible to be stitched into Charlotte’s memory quilt and I think we have succeeded, don’t you?

Elaine wrote; Charlotte’s face was a picture when she saw her quilt for the first time on Christmas Day. She absolutely loved it and thought the mixes of colours and patterns were brilliant. Everyone who has seen it thinks it is beautiful and a really thoughtful idea. Charlotte’s quilt now has pride of place on her bed at Oxford University! Thank you so much for making Charlotte’s quilt for us. We are delighted with it and it has brought back some lovely memories.



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Thanks to @lisawatso for the most fabulous quilt ever. Isn’t it gorgeous!!! And in my favourite colour…Green!
@CMBoggianno – June 9

I bought Lisa’s ‘sunshine yellow velvet and subtle blues, browns and greys Harris Tweed, quilt. Just love the fabrics, colour combinations and the workmanship is superb.

Oh my, my, my! Lisa, what a beautiful thing you create! They are heavenly beautiful! Simply, I am glad I came across your work and brought them!!!

I am so pleased with my beautiful quilt. The colours are lovely and they tone in really well with our bedroom colours.

Lisa is very proud of her quilts and justifiably so. I have never seen any like them, photos do not do them justice.


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