A Memorial Quilt honors the life of someone special and is made from his/her clothing or other keepsake fabrics.
All the time.
I have found t-shirt fabric and other stretch knits to be problematic; the integrity of the pattern is difficult to maintain, so I avoid those. Otherwise, it really depends on the end use of the quilt. Wall hangings are more forgiving when combining different types of fabrics like thin silks, rayon, etc. Functional bed quilts do better with stable fabrics like cotton, linen, and lightweight wool.
No. Many of my quilts have been a blend of fabrics that I have received from clients and fabrics that I have in stock or have purchased to enhance specific design elements. Sometimes there’s not enough clothing material submitted to piece together a border for a larger quilt, so I might propose using one of my linens or wools to frame the pieced body of the quilt.
I ask that ALL fabric, especially clothing, be washed before you send it. This may include dry-cleaning certain fabrics according to their care instructions.
You may choose from a set of 8 established patterns, see examples in the Memorial Quilt Gallery, or you may work with me on a custom pattern. It is important to note that the same quilt pattern looks completely different from quilt to quilt based on the highly individualized groups of fabrics each person supplies.
Absolutely. Pricing depends on which pattern you use with your keepsake fabrics.
This decision is a personal one and needs to be given due thought: some people love the idea of being literally wrapped up with the memories of a loved one, others prefer those memories encapsulated in a wall piece that they can walk by every day. I am happy to talk you through your decision-making process if you’re unsure.
12-16 weeks on average. Memorial Quilts require time-intensive work that involves the careful deconstruction of special garments and an individualized reconstruction process. Once the quilt top and back are complete, I work with Nancy Stovall, a highly respected machine quilter, to quilt the layers together.
Quilts that use primarily cotton, linen, and some blends may be laundered in a front loading, tumble washer only. Cold water, gentle cycle, air dry. Quilts that may include various combinations of synthetic fabrics should be dry cleaned only. **All fabrics should be laundered according to their instructions before being shipped to me.
Ordering a MEMORIAL QUILT always begins with a conversation via e-mail or telephone. It is important for me to gain some understanding of you, the loved one you are honoring, and the types of fabrics you would like to use in your quilt. From there, we discuss what quilt pattern would be a good fit as well as its size and end-use. There are times when it’s easier for me to see the actual fabrics first before discussing which quilt patterns would be best.
For pre-established quilt patterns, as seen in the Memorial Quilt Gallery, prices range from $600 for a small wall-hanging to $3,200 for a king-size bed quilt. I will send you a quote after we discuss your specific preferences.
For any CUSTOM-DESIGNED quilt pattern, there is an additional $250 non-refundable design fee.
Memorial Pillows (a great option when there are numerous recipients – everyone gets their own pillow.)
$125 for a 16″x16″ pillow
$175 for a 20″x20″ pillow
PAYMENT: 50% deposit required with each order, becoming non-refundable 7 days after order confirmation. Final payment due once you have received your quilt.
DELIVERY: Standard delivery is 14-16 weeks from receipt of deposit.
SHIPPING: All packages will be shipped via UPS Ground or USPS Priority. Shipping costs will be added to final invoice.
FINAL QUILT dimensions may vary slightly in production. PRICES are subject to change.
Alfredo was an engineer and always had a project going on his workbench.
Alfredo was an engineer and always had a project going on his workbench. He was the last born son of Italian immigrants and the first to be born in the U.S. He loved practical jokes, pasta, and work, especially work he could do with his hands. When he passed away, he had tools on the table waiting for his next project. He was married to his adoring wife for 53 years and is sorely missed by his entire family. The quilt was made from a collection of his shirts. Quilt Pattern: ECLIPSE. 55"x70"
Debbie was a strong, passionate woman who had a wry wit.
Frances adored flowers and had immaculate taste in clothing.
Amanda loved coloring books. This quilt was inspired by some of her colorings.
Mary loved the ocean and the seashore.
Debbie was a strong, passionate woman who was not afraid to call a spade a spade.
Zadie was a bow tie kind of guy.
Laura was celebrated for her curious and loving spirit.
Genevieve was a vibrant, hard-working woman who had a great sense of humor.
Joan was a generous member of her community.
Among many other wonderful attributes, Joan was a dedicated hospital staff volunteer, fondly known as “The Pink Ladies” for the color of their uniform. This quilt incorporates part of that pink apron and is one of two “sister” quilts. Quilt pattern: SMALL SQUARES. 57″ x 68″
Joan was a generous member of her community.
Among many other wonderful attributes, Joan was a dedicated member of the hospital staff volunteers, fondly known as “The Pink Ladies” for the color of their uniform. This quilt incorporates part of that pink apron and is one of two “sister” quilts. Quilt pattern: SMALL SQUARES. 57″ x 68″
Lewis loved his family and enjoyed living life to its fullest.
Lewis loved his family and enjoyed living life to its fullest and appreciated well made clothing. This quilt was made for his daughter from 15 of his beautifully made shirts. The border is a lush grey wool suiting. Quilt pattern: GATHERED LEAVES Variation. 80″x96″
Andy was a professor who loved teaching and inspiring his students.
Norman was a native of Bermuda who was proud of his family.
Home is where the heart is.
Richard owned a beautiful hotel in Bermuda.
Richard owned a hotel and loved chatting with his guests every morning. Richard’s beautiful collection of ties, shirts, worn jeans, and Bermuda shorts talk to each other in this quilt. Quilt pattern: CUSTOM. 71”x57”
Shirley had a loving family full of strong women.
A contemplative quilt about finding solace in the stars.
A sweet quilt showing the strength and comfort of a tree form.
Marjorie had a great sense of humor and was one tough cookie.
Marjorie kept her hands busy her whole life and took great interest in the lives of others. This quilt is made from a collection of Chinese silk fabric someone gave to her in exchange for her help. Quilt pattern: BLOCKS. 76”x54”
Eva was an exceptional artist and loved dressing for an occasion.
Eva loved tending her garden and making bouquets from her cut flowers.
Barbara loved to paint was an accomplished watercolorist.
This quilt is a reconstructed outfit worn by Diane at her wedding.
This quilt is a reconstructed outfit. Diane’s mother wore this 1930s solid wedding dress and printed silk jacket at her own wedding. At the corner of each square is a small pearl bead. Quilt pattern: SMALL SQUARES. 22”x36”
Eva loved to shop and acquired an amazing collection of garments over the years.
Ronny was known for his wry wit.