A few months ago, I was asked by a delightful woman named, Barbara, to make a quilt out of a small collection of fleece horse blankets. Read more >
Over the past couple of months, I have had the pleasure of creating a set of two memorial quilts for a woman whose mother, Genevieve, passed away in 2013. Genevieve was known for her lively sense of humor and her dedication to nursing. Taking seven of Genevieve’s garments together with a solid ivory linen, I constructed the two quilts using my Eclipse quilt pattern.
The process began with deconstructing the garments.
Last March, the son of some good friends of mine turned 18. We are part of a collection of families that have been sharing weekly meals for over two decades, and Curtis is the eldest child of the whole lot. Since my own son is one of the youngest, it momentarily threw me that Curtis would be leaving home to start a new chapter of his life. I wanted to mark the event in some way that involved all of the adults in our community that have watched him grow up.
Starting today, and in the months to come, I will be sharing what I am calling my Quilt Stories, the ideas, process, and client responses that informed many of my Commemorative Quilt projects. It has been a wonderful way to reconnect with past clients and to inform those who would like to gain a deeper understanding of what I bring to my work. Enjoy!
“Joan was our mother, a strong, hard-working & generous Bermudian lady who loved her family & friends. She enjoyed giving to them and to the entire community her time, talents, and service. She loved to cook and garden and enjoyed 85 years of a full, productive life after leaving school to work at age 12. Joan was an independent woman, strong and determined; yet resilient and open to the demands of societal change. Down-to-earth, devoid of “airs”, she had no fashionista aspirations (I was so proud, growing up, that ours was the only mother to go to work in shorts!). Still, she enjoyed dressing in the unique and attractive manner Bermuda life encourages: pretty Liberty prints, bright plaids, island motifs, and of course, her coral-orange Pink Lady uniform!” Read more >