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Commemorative Quilts

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  • Total submissions: 23
  • Total countries: 4
  • Total provinces: 4
  • Total states: 11

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90 Squares of a Curious Nature 90 Squares of a Curious Nature
By: Heather Acton,
Saskatchewan, Canada

This was made for our Uncle Reg on his 90th birthday. I used exactly 90 squares made up of Curious Nature fabrics and white squares with printed photos from Reg’s life. Auntie Eileen did the embroidery. Uncle Reg is an amazing man and you’d never guess his age. He’s a World War II hero, too.

Quilt size: width: 54" height: 69"

Blue Ribbon Quilt Blue Ribbon Quilt
By: Pam Geisel,
Ohio, USA

This quilt is made using 86 ribbons that the customer’s daughter won at horse shows competitions. The ribbons were appliqued to a quilt sandwich and the final quilt weights 3.5 pounds

Quilt size: width: 41" height: 46"

Come Together Come Together
By: kc,
Texas, USA

This quilt represents the interests of my friend’s son & his new wife. There are 42 embroidered or appliqued blocks set in an attic window style. Each block represents him, his wife, or their life together. It was presented to them on their first anniversary & they loved it! It was my 2nd quilt.

Quilt size: width: 112" height: 112"

Discovery 1492 Discovery 1492
By: Kaaren Biggs,
Ontario, Canada

This was a challenge entry in 1992 celebrating the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s discovery of America. A particular line of fabric was required and I learned a new technique for piecing long narrow points. We were in Florida for that winter and I was very surprised to win first prize!

Quilt size: width: 34" height: 30"

Dixon's Wedding Quilt Dixon’s Wedding Quilt
By: Mary Manson,
North Carolina, USA

My parents have been married for 63 years. Mother gave me her wedding dress last year, and I made this quilt from the dress. It’s satin with lace overlays, and machine quilted. A wedding photo and invitation were printed on fabric and sewn on the back. They love it, it hangs in their dining room.

Quilt size: width: 52" height: 52"

Elephants Elephants
By: Lies Bos-Varkevisser,
Netherlands

I made this quilt in commission as a remembrance of someone’s late husband. The quilt is made of his neckties, all with an elephant print, combined with regular cotton prints. The quilt is quilted with eleven swallows. The fly from the right to the left and are quilted with a silver thread.

Quilt size: width: 78" height: 40"

Flight of the Monarchs Flight of the Monarchs
By: Cynthia Zoller,
New Hampshire, USA

Each year millions of monarch butterflies travel up to 2,000 miles to winter in the Oyamel forests of Central Mexico. This quilt was made to honor that monumental flight.

Quilt size: width: 50" height: 50"

Getting Along Getting Along
By: Penny,
North Carolina, USA

I have named my quilt “Getting Along”… since this is one of my favorite photos of my kids and it was a rare day because they were actually getting along with each other.

This quilt was machine appliqued and free motion quilted by me. In total it took about 24 hours to complete, start to finish.

Quilt size: width: 31" height: 24"

Hearts Desire. My Christchurch Commemoration Hearts Desire. My Christchurch Commemoration
By: Jenny in NZ,
New Zealand

Esther Aliu Mystery BOM.
Feb 22nd 2011 I bought black background fabric. I came home to the devastation at 12.50pm of my Home City. This quilt becme my tribute. Centre block now depicts cathedrals rose window & the inner border ties that bind. Hearts for tears & bravery in a Garden City.
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Quilt size: width: 75" height: 75"

Holding on to Memories Holding on to Memories
By: Anita Bidulka,
British Columbia, Canada

I had to do some major digging to find pictures. The fabrics are all related to the people, including my mother’s wedding dress fabric around their picture, this was my first attempt at a quilt like this, it will be around for many years I hope. A keepsake to be passed on. Quilt is double sided.

Quilt size: width: 74" height: 90"

ice skate ice skate
By: wildflowers,
Illinois, USA

ice skates/made for grand daughter for her ice skate/only been skating 2 years and has won 1st and 2nd in all competitions

Quilt size: width: 80" height: 102"

JJ Anniversary JJ Anniversary
By: Eileen Kane,
North Carolina, USA

My daughter designed this logo for her wedding. We had it on the “save the date”, the announcement, the blog, the invitation you name it! For their 1st anniversary, I took the logo, enlarged it and made this piece for them. It’s hangs proudly in Jenn & Jason’s living room.

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 24"

Little Cowboys Little Cowboys
By: Tina Gilley,
Florida, USA

I made the blocks a few years ago with a local bee. It was on my ufo list for this year. I moved it to the first of the list to complete to celebrate the birth of my grandson Grant.

Quilt size: width: 39" height: 45.5"

Marie's Life Marie’s Life
By: auntie chris,
New York, USA

Quilt was made commemorating my sister.Blocks are all pertinent to her,jazz lover,horse lover,New York block etc.Photo transfer picture is of our parents wedding day.It is heavily embellished with beads, bows,trims.Sorry the photos are pre – digital age so they are scanned images.

Quilt size: width: 65" height: 82"

Mom's 70th birthday quilt Mom’s 70th birthday quilt
By: Katy(LethargicLass),
Ontario, Canada

This is the first quilt I ever made and it was for my Mom’s 70th birthday. I had family and friends from all over the world sign blocks and made the back up with them all.

Quilt size: width: 45" height: 60"

My Dear Edith version of Dear Jane My Dear Edith version of Dear Jane
By: Patti MacKinnon,
Ontario, Canada

I made this quilt in memory of my mother who taught me a lot about sewing, but she wasnt around long enough to enjoy my quilting endeavors. The block patterns came from Brenda Papadakis’ book: “Dear Jane: The Two Hundred Twenty-Five Patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt.” ®.

Quilt size: width: 98" height: 98"

Pawprints for Tammy Pawprints for Tammy
By: Paule-Marie,
Arizona, USA

This quilt was made for my boss who is a cancer survivor. When she thought it was back, we gathered ‘pawprints’ of family, friends, coworkers & customers, some of whom were also cancer survivors. I even got her dogs’ pawprints.

The GREAT news after tests was that it wasn’t back.

Quilt size: width: 63" height: 63"

PURE HEARTS PURE HEARTS
By: Linda Douglas,
Montana, USA

“Pure Hearts” is a 24″ square Valentine Gift wall hanging quilt. Machine pieced and quilted except for the four cream stitched hand embroidered center hearts. What a fun project!

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 24"

Southern Bells Southern Bells
By: Yvonne Bamlett,
Alberta, Canada

The blocks were started in the 1970’s by my grandmother. She made one for me and one for another granddaughter, then in 1978 another grandaughter was born. Grandma passed away before it was complete. I have finished the quilt and it was given to Sharon when she was married. A great memory for all.

Quilt size: width: 96" height: 96"

Tribute to M.C. Escher Tribute to M.C. Escher
By: Suzie Q Powell,
Ohio, USA

This is a Tribute to M. C. Escher, the father of tessellation also a study in black and white. This is my original design including Escher’s designs. The long arm machine design includes Dragons and Lizards to go with quilt top. This is the quilt I dreamed of making.

Quilt size: width: 55" height: 67"

Up At The Villa With Michael Up At The Villa With Michael
By: Sally Gould Wright,
California, USA

Made in memory of a beloved friend who was a Roman scholar and coin collector, I used my own photo images from the Getty Villa in Malibu, CA, a place that my friend loved for a quilt to commemorate his life. Images were printed in black & white on cotton and colored and toned with Tsukineko inks.

Quilt size: width: 20.5" height: 30"

Wedding Quilt Wedding Quilt
By: Diane U.,
Ontario, Canada

To celebrate my girlfriend’s wedding; I made her this quilt in all her favorite colours to match the theme at the reception. She loved it.

Quilt size: width: 48" height: 63"

Wouldn't Aunt Gene Be Proud! Wouldn’t Aunt Gene Be Proud!
By: Trish Casey-Green,
Virginia, USA

This was made as part of Ami Sims Alzheimer quilt series a few years back. I made one to donate, and one for me. Yes, that is a real tea-bag, and my Great Grandmother and Great Aunt Gene on the porch swing. Everything else is salvage/recycled/reclaimed. Even the teabag. (yes, it’s real)

Quilt size: width: 8.5" height: 11"

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This post was published on February 8th, 2013. Post topics: Quilt Gallery.

187 Responses to “Commemorative Quilts”

  1. Joyce Kellogg says:

    My favorite season is Spring.I love to go in my garden and watch the bulbs peek up through the soil and watch the buds come out on the lilac bushes. Planning the planting of new annuals and
    perennials is a joy for me and I can’t wait to see the flowers in my planters. One of my great memories in the dead of winter is lying in my swing under the lilac bushes reading a good book while also watching the birds collect twigs for their nests. i can hardly wait to get back outside.

  2. My favorite season is Autumn. Everything is so peaceful, the weather is not too hot, not too cold, and the colors are brilliant. Have a super day!

  3. Marie Delliazza says:

    I’d have to say autumn if I have to make a choice. It seems to present fewer problems and less work than the others, but you reach a point where you think they’re all beautiful!

  4. Leslie Schmidt says:

    To me, spring is the best season. It holds so much promise. It means the end (finally!) to the long winter in Minnesota. I love when everything starts to green up.

  5. Kris says:

    Spring is the best! I can get out and clean up the garden and watch for new growth. After snow and mud a little color is such a thrill.

  6. Chris L. says:

    Spring is my favorite season! New life and the freshness of the air is so invigorating!

  7. Patricia Hersl says:

    Summer. It feeds my soul.

  8. susana says:

    La primavera sin dudas .Cuando veo las primeras flores violetas de los Jacarandaes ya es agradable caminar y disfrutar del sol.

  9. lindawwww says:

    My favourite season is spring. I love spring flowers – tulips, daffodils, hyacinths – and seeing the first ones come into bloom.

  10. MissEnota says:

    I love the fall because of the smells of the leaves and harvests and the changing light. It’s the most beautiful.

  11. Fav season is spring. That’s the season I actually feel like getting up off my patooty to go outside and walk and check for new flowers sprouting up. I also like planting the garden which exercises some of the fat off that patooty that sits around in the winter.

  12. Chris says:

    I am definitely in the late summer/ early autumn category. Spring is too wet, winter is too… well winter, summer is too hot and late autumn is drab :D I am not too fussy!

  13. Heidi says:

    Since moving to Southern Nevada, my favorite season has switched from Summer to Spring. I have always enjoyed sunny weather , and springtime here is just right:-)

  14. My favorite season is spring. It is not too hot and it is time of first flowers, I love roses and tulips. Hugs Alessandra

  15. carla bynum says:

    Hi!!! I love Spring!!! The sunshine!!! The warmth!!! The Flowers!!!! Green grass!!!! The renewal of life!!!! I can’t think of anything I don’t like about spring!!!! Thank You

  16. usairdoll says:

    My favorite season is Autumn. I live where it is over 100 degrees in the summer so once to cooler weather gets here, I’m happy! I love when the air is cool and crisp and you can bundle up, inside or outside, hehe. Also, the holidays are around the corner and lots of time to be with family and friends.

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  17. My favorite season is definitely Fall. I love everything about it, from the spicy flavors to the crisp temperatures!

  18. Autumn! Because I don’t have to go back to school any more! Because the weather is cool and crisp. Beacause it’s the perfect time to start quilting a big quilt to keep my heart and body warm during the cold months to come.

  19. JJ says:

    I love spring and planting flowers. It is so nice to be able to get outside after being cooped up all winter.

  20. Yvonne says:

    I love fall. The colours, the smells, pumpkin pie. Leaf piles, vegetables stored for winter. A little slower pace after the rush of summer.

  21. Shirley says:

    My favorite season is spring, the air fills up with promises, lovely light, fresh greens, birds singing, and not too hot yet to sit and work outside.

  22. Tammy from quilt-pictures.com says:

    My favorite season is summer. I love driving my 1965 Mustang convertible around, swimming, and going to small town fairs/carnivals!

  23. Gene Black says:

    My favorite season is summer. It is never cold in summer and my body can tolerate heat better than cold.
    I would say spring, but sometimes spring gets cold again.

  24. I love fall, when it’s not so hot, but weather is still nice. It’s a calm time of year.

  25. Ruth Hampson says:

    I love the crisp smell of a Fall day. The leaves turn my favorite colors and the apple orchards are ripe with fruit. Can homemade apple pies be far away??!!

  26. Julie A. says:

    I love spring — planting the garden and getting the flower beds ready — can’t wait :)

  27. Maggie says:

    My favorite season is absolutely summer, since the beach , including the ocean and the sand and the sun is my favorite place to be. That time is my own, sinceI don’t have to be anywhere else, or doing anything else.

  28. Juile E. says:

    Spring is my ABSOLUTE favorite season. The cold dreary winter wakes up from its long slumber. Beautiful colorful blossoms poke their heads through the soil and the grass turns a lovely green. The warm air is scented with an enticing fragrance that lifts your spirits!

  29. Connie says:

    Fall is my favorite time of year, I love all the leaves falling!

  30. Joyce says:

    My favorite season is Autumn, I love the colors of the changing leaves and the cooler temps…but i do feel a sense of of sadness .that i dont care for.

  31. BOBBIE WARREN says:

    my favorite season is fall I just love the leaves changing and the way the air feels and smells.

  32. Sue Marranconi says:

    I love spring. It is the promise of all things made new again. It is the first sign of color after the long, dreary grey that fills the winter sky and the white that covers the green.

  33. Susan says:

    I like all the seasons for various reasons, but if I had to choose, I would say Fall is my favorite because of the colors, scents and cooler but comfortable temperatures.

  34. Tammy says:

    Fall is my favorite season. Football, marching band, birthday, Halloween, and Thanksgiving!

  35. Debra says:

    SPring is my favorite. Overnight everything seems to come alive again. Awesome!

  36. Karen P says:

    Spring! Love the budding trees and bulbs poking their way up through the soil. I love summer, too, but in CA it can get too hot to do much outside.

  37. Deborah says:

    Spring! I love all the flowers!

    Deborah
    pinkscissorsdesign@ gmail. com

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