My passion for quilting began in 1988 when I made my first quilt for my parents, a “Trip Around the World” pattern by Eleanor Burns. Since then, I have made over 300 quilts, including dozens for local charities. One of my quilts was given by the Board of Selectmen in my town as a gift to our sister city of Marathon, Greece, and currently hangs in a museum in that city.
In 2002, I made my first t-shirt quilt for my husband and have since made several dozen for graduation gifts, coaches’ gifts and holiday or birthday gifts. I have also taught classes in this technique. It is a wonderful way to capture memories in a tangible way and to be reminded of them every day.
In 2005, I broadened the t-shirt quilt technique into memory quilts with clothing of all kinds. My first memory quilt was made for my husband from the baby clothes worn by all four of our daughters. It still keeps us warm every night. Using this technique, I have made dozens of memorial quilts to bring comfort to bereaved family members after the loss of a loved one.
In 1999, I made my first Guest Book Quilt for a friend’s wedding. I love the thought of them wrapping themselves in warm wishes every night.
I am amazed by the creativity that goes into quilt making, whether the product is a utilitarian piece used for warmth, or a piece of art gracing the wall of a museum. Quilting is like therapy – it keeps the hands busy, melts away the stress of the day, and provides an outlet for creativity. I am particularly inspired by the spectacular Jane Stickle Quilt, http://www.dearjane.com/, and the quilts made by the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Quilts_of_Gees_Bend.
Thank you for visiting my website and considering me for making a quilted memory of your own.