Commemorative Quilts

Quilts can serve as a design piece but also as a commemorative work of art.  The commemorative quilt is a quilt made from commemorative fabrics – T-shirts, clothes from a deceased loved one, a wedding dress or baby clothes.  The memories contained within a commemorative quilt are extremely meaningful as is the process of working with the customer to design their very own.  It is essential that careful attention is paid to the desires of the customer and to interpret creatively their spoken and unspoken needs in designing their quilt.

Missouri Star Commemorative Quilt


This is a commemorative quilt made for a customer from her deceased husband’s clothes.  The quilt is comprised of a repeat block pattern called “Missouri Star”.  It measures 87″ X 98″.


Each block has a consistent white background which adds uniformity.  The lattice strips in between the blocks are made from his denim shirts and pants.  The border around the quilt is called a “piano keys border” and is constructed completely from his clothing.   This quilt was hand quilted.

Commemorative Christmas Tree Skirt


This commemorative piece is a Christmas tree skirt made from a deceased father’s neckties.  A customer asked me to make 4 of them, for each sibling in the family.  There is sateen in between each necktie piece, and the backing fabric for each are sateen.

Commemorative Christmas Tree Skirt


The customer told me that her father had a lot of ties and that Christmas tree skirts were a good way to “commemorate” him!

Commemorative Wedding Dress Quilt


This commemorative quilt is made from a wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses.  The fabrics are largely sateen with the plain cream blocks in between the star blocks being from the wedding dress skirt. The stars were paper pieced and the quilt was hand quilted.