Archive for Memory Quilts

Gratitude For Blessings

I love waking early enough to see the light of the day starting with such beauty.  Gratitude for the ability to see and recognize this beauty. 



It has been leaf season in my world. I have really enjoyed being outside working, breathing fresh air and playing catch with my sweet girl, Aspen, while filling bag after bag of leaves.

First week for leaf collection.



Second week of collection. Gratitude I have such great shade trees that provide shade and beauty to my yard. More gratitude that I am able to spend great time outside working in my yard. And Aspen loves playing with the leaf scoops and frisbee.



Finally finished quilting my daughter Kelli and son (in law) Tim’s wedding quilt. Did not want to mail it to them so hand delivered it. Gratitude to be able to see them, spend time with them, and feel loved with my family.



The back of the quilt has the signed wishes, hopes, and advice for the their marriage and love for each other. Took me longer to make than I had anticipated, but am ecstatic with the look and feel of such a quilt to wrap them up in huge love from their friends and family.


Leaving to to take the quilt to them was a bit stressful as I had to be at the airport at 4am.  Once I arrived, having a sign to locate who they were was so helpful!  (They have such a great sense of humor).  I have huge gratitude for the wonderful children I have!

So, I have a day or two before I finish the next client quilt and start on the next project.  Am hoping to change the website a bit so that I can list some items in a shopping area for you (pantographs, pincushions, patterns, etc.).  Hope it will go smoothly.  I am not the best when it comes to technology.  I would rather be Quilting!

My schedule for longarm Quilting is filling for next year.  If you would like something quilted in January, I have one spot available.  Call me and let me know if you would like it.  It is for January 15, 2018……can you believe we are finishing this year already?

I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving holiday.  I know that everyone says they are thankful for this or that at this time of year, but I try to be thankful for every day I have.  Some days are better than others, for sure.

In order for me to be thankful, I must recognize ALL the blessings that surround me each day!

























Quilting Studio Organization

Every year at this time, I get the urge to organize my studio. Spending countless hours on that black hole known as “Pinterest”, I get very motivated, but I am no closer to being organized than if I did nothing. Staying off Pinterest might help. The pictures of these fabulous studios must be of staged, non-working spaces. I do not see how a creative soul can work in a totally organized, labeled, sorted, space with all the fabric in neat stacks that are color coordinated.

All I have to do is walk into my studio and the “tornado winds” hit with full force. My cleaned desk is suddenly piled high. I have several boxes of items to put away. There is not a neat stack of fabric in sight. I have a couple of cups and my lunch dishes precariously balanced on a stack of patterns and books, and it all happens spontaneously.

On the heavy workdays, fabric is everywhere. Unfortunately, my studio containing my longarm named “Crystal Rose” is not the same room as my sewing room. Double the tornados, double the mess seems to be a daily mantra.

I am able to find everything I need right away, I just do not have a beautiful, lovely staged studio and sewing room. They are work areas and I work in them almost daily. I do not have fabric on the floor, but it is in boxes and bins and disheveled stacks.

I wanted to “organize my scraps” during the month of April. To whom was I kidding? Regular yardage needs attention first. However, I read a couple of articles and a couple of books on methods of organizing your scrap fabric. Sounds great for someone who has lots of free time, no yard work, no garden, no garage, no housework, no dogs or cats, and definitely no quilting business!

We are planning on building a Sewing Cottage in the next couple of months so maybe there is hope. I hope to be able to at least post this beautiful space with everything in its place, color coordinated fabric, and darling decorations on the walls (might happen once when I first move into the Sewing Cottage). After that, it becomes a working space once again.

Speaking of working: here are a couple of tshirt Quilts made for clients.

Gus’ tshirt quilt

Wendy’s tshirt quilt

Ryan’s tshirt quilt

I have three additional tshirt Quilts I am currently working on and hope to get them posted this week for you to see. As I said, my studio and sewing room are working areas!

I was also given Levi’s and a BSU bean bag to make a quilt for a client. Thought I would share that as well:

Memory quilt

Well, it is late and I have a busy day tomorrow. I promise myself that I will not look at any Pinterest studio/sewing rooms tomorrow. I do not need that pie in the sky stuff to distract me from reality.

Imagine and creativity happens! Be kind to each other.


Spring Projects

Scheduling gardening, yard work, and quilting certainly becomes a juggling act at times. My yard is calling to me that it is becoming a hay field while I am quilting in the studio. Thank goodness I am as organized as I am. Nothing would get done if I let my attention drift.

I have completed a couple of projects this last month. I repaired an antique double wedding ring quilt but forgot to take her picture. Too bad. She was gorgeous with a green background and prairie points all around the edges.

I completed this memory quilt for a wonderful woman who lost her mother. I hope this quilt gives her comfort as she shares memories of Grandma with her children. Memory quilts are a fabulous way to use clothing items of the person who passed and create a quilt to wrap around shoulders or lay in a lap and remember!

Karlee's quilt

I also have completed this very large T-Shirt quilt for a beautiful graduate! I really enjoyed making this quilt with all the different fabrics and photos added. It is a different layout than just a grid of T-Shirts. The time involved is more but it certainly was a darling quilt.
Kati's graduation quilt
Kati's grad quilt
I have another T-Shirt quilt ready to go into the frame, a top pinned to my zipper system and ready to go into the frame after the T-Shirt quilt, am piecing a double wedding ring quilt (only two rows to go) and am cutting out a new top.

The garden is in and thriving, the iris are almost in full bloom, all the flower beds are weeded, am getting ready to paint three adirondack chairs and a bench, am working on my vintage trailer, Trixie, and am still “letting the grass grow under my feet”. Guess I need to fit in the mowing soon.

Was working in the studio and this gorgeous dragonfly came to visit.

Remember to be positive about life, count your blessings, and involve yourself in your passions.


Spring Fever Strikes

Seems like every year at this time, I want to be outside enjoying the nice weather. I am being called to come enjoy the sunshine. The sun is out today, but the forecast is for rain, snow, and more cold weather. I always look at the bright side though. I need to do some spring cleaning, organizing of my studio, organizing of my fabric, and general paper work (tax stuff). Maybe I will enjoy today and tackle things tomorrow.



My art piece for the Flying M’s Valentines for Aids event raised some money! I am not sure how much but any amount certainly helps.

I am going to be a guest blogger for the APQS blog this next couple of weeks. I am very excited to be able to do this. It is going to be an article about how to decide what to quilt on a quilt. Wow! Just how do I explain that so it sounds good to the reader? I am currently working on it and will let you know when it is published and where.

I have been very busy working on two Tshirt quilts and a Memory quilt.

This is one that I am working on today. I still need to add a border to it and get it quilted. I am also putting the binding on the other one but forgot to take a picture. Guess I really need to be outside. So, I will give you more pictures when the day is not so nice.

Call if you need to get on my schedule. I am really beginning to fill up and I know I need to build gardening time into my schedule.. Are your crocus up yet? I am going to look for mine…….

Be thankful for all your blessings!



New Year Quilt

January is always a non-productive month as the Holidays zap your energy. I am not usually productive during this month, but this year is definitely different. I do not have a lot of energy, but I am working away at my passion, quilting.

I am working on a Double Wedding Ring for a client, a Mystery quilt for me (I do not usually take time to do something just for me), a Memory quilt for a client, and two quilts for my children, and the art piece for Flying M’s Valentine’s For Aids event. I am excited to have completed this Memory quilt so early in the new year.

This piece is for a husband whose wife passed suddenly. The wound left is great. His daughter gathered her mother’s garments, picked out the quilt pattern, the border fabrics, the backing fabric, and the quilting design. I took it from there.

It is always interesting to open the bag or box and see what garments you have to work with for the Memory Quilt. It is not like going to the store and picking out what fabric you will use for your next project. It is a challenge and it is a way to stretch and grow with your creativity. I do not usually have the client pick out the specific pattern. It seems easier for the garments (fabric) to “speak” to me about how they want to go together.

A Memory quilt is a way to have that loved ones arms around you as you wrap up in the warmth of the quilt. Each fabric can trigger fond memories of times gone by. It can help with the healing of a wound as it provides such calmness and peace as quilts can do.

I am so glad that this year is starting out productively. I love the process and time I spend with each piece. It is always a good day to quilt and enjoy each breath you take. Be thankful for all your blessings. We each have many, sometimes we just need to stop and reflect. Anyway, I will stop chit chatting and share this great Memory Quilt!!! Sue




Starting the New Year Right

I decided that I needed to change the quilt on my bed for the new year. This is a quilt that I made a while ago. I actually made two of them, one for my sister and one for me. It is a BIG, bright, beautiful one.



I just finished working on this Memory Quilt for a client. She provided photos of her grandmother’s grandchildren. I used Printed Treasures photo fabric to print as it is pre-treated and colorfast.


I am currently working on a Memory quilt that is a bit larger than a lap size, and of course, I can never do just one thing. I am also working on a Mystery quilt with a friend. It is so much fun, but a lot of work. I decided to make a king size. Now that is a leap of faith – mystery and huge.


Funny how every year at this time, we all think of organizing, cleaning, and purging our material things. This year, my approach is different as I am going to concentrate on my thoughts and processes instead of my physical stuff. I need to play more, laugh more, travel more, and quilt more. I need to be more organized in my thought processes so I do not revisit things many times. I want to spend time in places I love, but I also want to visit new places. Seconds, minutes, hours, days all count this New Year. I am ready for the challenge.

Speaking of challenge: I have been invited to submit an art piece to the Flying M’s 21st year of Valentines For Aids. I have until January 27th to produce a small piece for the silent auction. I am extremely excited to have a challenge, to be invited, and to work on yet another quilt. Guess this New Year is going to be great, filled with fabrics and quilts! I cannot think of a better way to spend the year.

I wish you a Happy New Year! May you make many quilts and begin to use up your collection of fabrics.


Quilting in December

Laurel and Doug's Memory Quilt

Laurel and Doug’s Memory Quilt

The end of November and the month of December is always very busy. I am trying to complete many quilts for the Holiday season and sometimes those quilts take on a life of their own. Some take longer than I expect and others just come together as if they can hardly wait to be made.

This is a Memory Quilt that I made from shirts that belonged to a husband. They were some of the most beautiful shirts I have ever worked with when making a Memory Quilt. The fabric had fabulous patterns and colors that just sang to me.

I had previously shown you the pile of cut pieces I had been working with on this quilt.

This was one of those quilts that just seemed to be vibrant and wanting to be made. I know that sounds funny to some, but my passion for quilting shows me that quilts “talk to me”. They tell me what they want or need as I continue to work on them. It is the fabric that works this way or that to come together in a beautiful quilt. In this case, there are many memories that are held in the fabric pieces.

I know that as she sits in a room lit by candles, special music playing, a nice glass of wine, wrapped up in a quilt made from her husband’s shirts, she will remember many, many good memories of their time together. She can “feel” his arms wrapped around her as she snuggles into the quilt. What a special gift to have at the Holiday season when memories are already swirling around us.

She picked the pattern and it was absolutely perfect. This quilt truly “talked to me”. The joy I had during the process of making such a gift was immense. I know that this is a quilt that will be treasured for many, many years.

Laurel and Doug's Memory Quilt

Laurel and Doug’s Memory Quilt

As I have time, I will try to have more eye candy for you with the pieces I have been completing. This season can be such a hectic time. Take a breath and remember the memories and loved ones you have. That is far more important than getting all the “stuff” done in a short amount of time. Spending time with loved ones means more. That will be the memories you hold.


Halloween Already?

October has been such a busy month for me. I took Traveling Trixie out for her last trip this month. I am very sad to have to unload my vintage trailer and store her belongings for the winter. She is going to be undergoing a renovation this winter so I am ready to begin that process.

I also turned another year older this month. I think that I am getting better and better each year. I hope those friends and acquaintances continue to keep in contact with me during this next year so we can have a huge celebration for one of those big birthday years coming up.

My darling sweet pea of a dog was lost for two and half weeks in the wilderness. Who knows what adventures she had. I am so thankful to have her return to me. Thank you to my friends for their help.

I was able to spend time with Claudia Pfeil and my sister in Portland this month. Wow, Wow, WOW is all I can say! They gave me a great surprise party. I loved her class the best!

My pup and her sister (Aspen and Juniper) turned one year old this month. I think they are just darling!

I have been working on a king size memory quilt. More pictures to follow in the next post.

Hard to believe that we are approaching the Holiday season. Keep an eye out for those little monsters tonight and be glad you have chocolate in the house.


We Remember Moments

Life is full of moments that we remember. Places we discovered, times with friends and family, favorite foods and gatherings, traditions we keep from generations past, are all part of those moments that we share and remember.

When a loved one passes, it is difficult at best to get through the hours and days. The memories we hold, the laughter and good times we remember, help with the loss. I want to share a way that I try to help those that have had a loss. I make Memory Quilts. These are quilts that are made from the garments of the loved one.


Photos sometimes help. This is a picture of my daughter with her grandmother. It is great to have the photo, but I wish I had made a quilt so my daughter could wrap up in it. That is what started me on this journey for others.

Here is a fabulous quilt that I have just finished.


They had wanted something with squares, so I wanted to make sure it was pleasing. I also wanted to be able to have them pick out different fabrics and remember the shirt or blouse it came from, one she wore at different times, so they could bring up those memories.

This quilt went together so nicely. It was though I had formed a bond with her as I cut and pieced her garments. She liked butterflies, so I quilted it with a great butterfly pattern.

I love the challenge of creating a quilt from items that are dear to a family. It is like a surprise to open up the box and see what I have to work with and what will be a lasting quilt full of memories and love.

I know her spirit will be there as the warmth of her love surrounds them and her quilt wraps them up and gives them peace.


Time flies and moments are gone in a flash, remember those good moments and times.

Always, Sue