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 […]

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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  […]

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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 […]

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My “Easter Egg” Quilt

I  found a picture in a magazine of an “Easter Egg quilt” and I knew I had to try and replicate it. The quilt pattern is based on the traditional Trip Around the World pattern.  This is my attempt. I used all scraps from my stash (the best part).  The common element throughout the quilt is the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.  […]

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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.  […]

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