Child Leaving For College? Give Him Or Her A Memory Quilt

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If your child is leaving home for college, you should make him or her a memory quilt. This quilt will remind your child of their days at home when they are homesick and missing you. If you do not know how to quilt on your own, you can hire someone to do it for you.

The Quilt

You can make a memory quilt any way you want. One idea is to use a section for each period of your child's life, such as the baby and toddler years, middle years, and teen years.  If you do not want to do this, you can scatter everything around the quilt. The ideas are endless on what you can do.

Design the quilt on paper before you start making it. This will ensure everything is put on it exactly the way you want it to look.

The Baby and Toddler Years

If you have left over baby clothes, cut up a few squares of the fabric for the quilt. If your child had a favorite blanket, you could also cut squares out of this.

Choose some of your favorite photos of your child during these years. Include some fun photos, such as when he or she was dressed up on Halloween, or anything else that was funny. If your child drew you a picture that you kept, you could laminate it to use on the quilt. You can send the photos to a photo lab, who can print them out on fabric paper.

When your child starts kindergarten, use one of their report cards on the quilt. If the teacher sent home an encouraging note to him or her add it to the quilt.

Middle Years

Your child will likely remember much about their middle years. This is the time in their life when they started middle school, which was a big step for them.  If he or she has notes from classmates, include one of them on the quilt. If he or she played sports, you could use part of one of your child's uniform.

Teen Years

This is the time your child will remember the most. If he or she enjoyed going to concerts, include some of the concert tickets from their favorite bands on the quilt, or CD covers. If your child had a favorite shirt or t-shirt, cut a small section of it out to put on the quilt. Ask your child what they want on the quilt, as they will know which memories they cherish more than you do from this time in their life.

Write your child a special note saying how proud you are and how much you love them, and put this on the quilt. Ask his or her best friend to also write a note for the quilt. For assistance, go to a shop like Ruth's Stitchery.


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Moving to a hot climate freed me from dealing with snow and ice in the winter. However, it also brought a lot more heat during the summer. I had resigned myself to paying big bills for cooling nine months out of the year when I found out from a friend that my air conditioner was struggling and need in of repair. Once a technician stopped by and gave my equipment a tune up, my cooling costs were nearly cut in half! This surprising discovery prompted me to head online and blog about my experiences. Even if you and your family only use the air conditioner a few times a month during the summer, you can benefit from my tips on keeping the equipment running smoothly and efficiently. You'll appreciate the combination of cooler indoor temperatures and lower monthly bills.