Heirloom Quilts and their meanings….
From where I sit, I have the privilege of hearing the “narratives” about each quilt – the antique-vintage quilts, the new quilts, the commemorative-memory quilt that symbolizes the life of a dear one. There are so many, many poignant stories tied to these fabric artforms we call quilts. This is part of the magic and mystery that […]More Info
Custom Commemorative Quilts – The Trust Factor
A large subset of my work is making commemorative quilts – quilts made from baby clothes, a deceased loved one’s clothes, a wedding dress, T-shirts. People also send me their heirloom quilts for restoration and/or finishing. Still others have quilts-quilt tops that have come from loved ones before their time, some have been made by an existing family member […]More Info
Handmade quilts for an excellent cause…
I read in our local paper about a church in a small town near our home, that is converting an old building into a transitional center for domestic abuse victims. The thought occurred to me that it would be nice if these people who inhabited this center had a handmade quilt for their bed during […]More Info
Quite an Heirloom!
I just made a quilt for a woman that is quite an heirloom! I made the top from her daughter’s baby clothes and the back from her wedding dress. The lattice strips on the front of the quilt are from her “going away” dress on her wedding day. The quilt back contains all the lace brocade […]More Info
The Traditional Princess Feather Quilt
We have a beautiful museum in Lewisburg, PA called the Slifer House – an old Victorian house that is now a museum. I was asked to make a historical replica of a quilt that would have appeared in this house in the mid-19th century. I decided to make a traditional Princess Feather quilt. It is […]More Info
Hand Quilting – A Traditional Whole Cloth Quilt
This wholecloth quilt took me 330 hours to complete – a white on white – and was given to a very dear friend who has always wanted one. She surely was surprised – didn’t expect a thing! I put it on my frame on September 1 of 2012, thinking that if I spent an hour […]More Info
Antique Quilts and Shop-hopping
During this Christmas season, I had the pleasure of visiting some great antique shops. It was fun! But it also tugged at my heartstrings…there were antique quilts for sale and they were the real deal antiques. They ran the gamut of scrappy to patterned to applique and they were ALL beautiful, even the torn ones. […]More Info
Antique Quilt Care Instructions – Live and Learn
I recently got a frantic phone call from a woman for whom I had done a quilt restoration months earlier. It is a light green and white sailboat quilt that I am guessing was made in the 1940s. It had a fair amount of damage from overuse and laundering so I restored it as fully as possible. […]More Info