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Memorial Quilt Gallery

Do you have a loved one who has passed that you would like to remember? Here in this memorial quilt gallery, you can see ideas on how you can incorporate your loved ones clothing and memorabilia into a quilt to wrap yourself and keep yourself warm with memories. Please read the comments from my clients about how this has helped in their healing from losing a loved one. Memorial quilts can include clothing such as shirts, ties, suits, t-shirts, jeans, dresses, etc, or photos, important scanned documents, sports uniforms, etc. 

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Memorial Quilt 
This quilt was made from clothing that my clients father had. He was active in many clubs, so we included the patches in the center of the log cabin blocks. It brings together his dress shirts, t-shirts, and jeans. It measures approx 50" x 50"

This quilt was completed December 2004.

-- Michelle (New York)

 

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Memorial Lap Quilt 
This quilt was made from clothing of another memorial quilt that I made. We added a black print with dots to create the pattern, and my client wanted a butterfly theme to the quilt. We chose a butterfly print for the border and back of the quilt, then I quilted butterflies in center of each four patch on the quilt (see the second photo) 

This quilt was completed July 2004.

"The quilts were beyond what I had hoped for - original, creative and thoughtful. Both were heirloom quality. Pam is a sensitive and caring person. She listened to me and the result was just what I had hoped it would be." -- Frances (Maryland)

 

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Memorial Lap Quilt 
This colorful memorial quilt includes photos of my client with her mother.  My client's mother wore bright clothing represented in the fabrics throughout the quilt, and the border is made from a black velvet skirt. The photos are blurred on purpose.

This quilt was completed February 2004.

(Washington)

 

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Memorial Quilt 
My client's brother was in the Navy, and he died in a tragic accident. She commissioned this quilt as a gift to her mother in memory of her brother. 

This quilt was completed December 2003.

"The quilt captured my brother's life in an amazing and unique way. My family will treasure it forever. You did an amazing job and the quilt is simply priceless. It has brought incredible joy to my mother." -- Jenn (Maryland)

 

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Memorial Wall Hanging 
My client asked me to make a wall hanging for her daughter who's son died this year. This quilt includes a mixture of photos and embroidered blocks including a poem.

This quilt was completed November 2003.

 

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Memorial Lap Quilt 
This memorial quilt represents the life of a loving mother and wife. This quilt was made as a gift from my client to her father with his wife's clothing. She wore bright clothing represented in the fabrics throughout the quilt, and the border is made from a black velvet skirt. The photos are blurred on purpose.

This quilt was completed September 2003.

(Washington)

 

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Memorial Lap Quilt (6 of 6) - scroll down to see the other five full size quilts that were completed for this customer.

This is a lap size quilt (43" x 61") made with men's clothing. The top photo shows the entire quilt, and the bottom photo shows the label on the back of the quilt. This quilt includes casual flannel shirts, jeans and dress shirts. The first border is made with silk ties, and the second border is flannel that was also chosen for the back of the quilt. The large dark blue triangles are blue slacks.

This quilt was completed July 2003.

"I love the lap quilt! The heart pattern stitch work is exactly what I had in mind. It is just the right size to curl up under and read a good book or watch TV. It is very therapeutic for me to feel the fabric, to run my fingers across the threads that my husband wore. I feel a real connection to him when I wrap myself in the warmth of my quilt. My children have all expressed having the same feeling with their quilts. Pam, you have done a wonderful job turning everyday clothing into beautiful, useful quilts. Thank you." -- Larain (Utah)

The following three quilts are made from clothing belonging to the father of this family. Three of the quilts are complete, but three more are in the works. Note the photos, poems, and important documents help to personalize each quilt for each family member. 

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Judith's Memorial Quilt 
This quilt represents the life of a gentleman and his wife. He passed away and his wife asked me to make this quilt for her. This quilt  includes her husbands clothing, photos, important documents, poems, as well as fabric used in each of the children's quilts (two of them are following)

The first photo shows the entire quilt. The second photo shows the center block of the quilt. The fabric for the block is her wedding dress, we also used the wedding dress for the sashing and border on the quilt. The beautiful lace on the border was around the base of her wedding dress. This center block includes the invitation to their wedding and the reception, as well as a lace piece from the back of her wedding gown.

The third photo shows the upper left corner of the quilt where you can see the lace and quilting more close up.

This quilt was completed July 2003. 

 

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Devin's Memorial Quilt
This memorial quilt is a collage of a father who died and his son (Devin). The mother sent me the father's clothing, photos of the family, and important documents. All items are brought together to represent the life that this father had with his son. Three poems are also embroidered into the quilt. The second photo shows the fish fabric on the back representing the scuba diving that the son enjoyed with his dad. You can also see the quilting in the lower photo.

This quilt was completed December 2002.

"We cried at how good they are, seeing how they brought back memories of my dad. Mine was great, and will be on my bed from now until the end of time, keeping my body warm like my dad did for my heart. I've been watching the quilt updates from the first day they were sent, and so you know, I didn't ever doubt how fantastic they would be. Your work is great, and it really brings out the memories of dad. Thank you, very much, for doing this. It really helps in this time." -- Devin

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Alex's Memorial Quilt
This memorial quilt is a collage of a father who died and his daughter (Alex). The mother sent me the father's clothing, photos of the family, and important documents (such as baptism records, birth records, college degrees, etc.) All items were brought together to represent the life that this father had with his daughter. Three poems are also embroidered into the quilt. The second photo shows the fabric on the back and you can also see the quilting in the lower photo.

This quilt was completed December 2002.

"I love that quilt sooooooo much! it reminds me of dad so that I can feel him right next to me! I was crying last night wile I was covered in it! I love the scrubs outline! Thank you so much for the quilt it means so much." --  Alex 

"The time and wonderful energy that you put in each and every detail of these quilts is stunning. I just sat and studied each and every square and the wonderful designs you incorporated into each of them. Though I followed the progress on the web...no photos could do this justice. This gift you have shared is more valuable than "all the tea in china!!!" -- Judith (Alex's and Devin's Mom)

 

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Memorial Quilt
This memorial quilt measures 52" x 60". It includes photos and clothing, as well as handwork that her grandmother had done on pillow cases. It includes three embroidery sayings on the front, and one on the back. My client commissioned me to make this quilt for her daughter as a memorial to her sister.

This quilt was completed June 2003.

(Maryland)

The following five quilts are full size quilts made from a man's entire wardrobe. My client's husband passed away, and she sent me his wardrobe and I designed and made these five quilts, one for her, and the other four for her four children.

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Brian's Memorial Quilt (1 of 6)
This is a full size quilt made with men's clothing. I've heard multiple names for this block (monkey wrench, snails trail). The top photo shows the entire quilt, and the bottom photo shows the detail of the block with the quilting. This quilt includes casual flannel shirts, jeans and dress shirts. The first border is made with silk ties, and the second border is flannel that was also chosen for the back of the quilt.

Measures 84" x 95". Designed, pieced, and finished by Original Quilts. Long arm quilted by The Quilting Cottage. This quilt was completed February 2003.

(Utah)

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Brett's Memorial Quilt (2 of 6)
This is a full size quilt made with the same block as the quilt shown above, but by rotating the blocks and playing with the light/dark in different locations, it creates a much scrappier looking quilt which is very pleasing to the eye. This quilt also uses the same clothing as the other five quilts shown here - with the ties on the first border and the flannel used on the back as the second border.

Measures 84" x 95". Designed, pieced and finished by Original Quilts. Long arm quilted by The Quilting Cottage.  This quilt was completed February 2003.

(Utah)

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Erica's Memorial Quilt (3 of 6)
This is a full size quilt made with men's clothing in the log cabin design. The top photo shows the entire quilt, and the bottom photo shows detail of the quilt. You can see in the detail that we included all types of clothing. Casual flannel shirts, jeans, sport jackets, and dress shirts. The first border is made of silk ties, and the second border is a wool suit. 

Measures 84" x 95". Designed, pieced, and finished by Original Quilts. Long arm quilted by The Quilting Cottage. This quilt was completed February 2003.

"I'm impressed with the craftsmanship and quality of the quilt! Your artwork will be cherished for years to come. Seeing my dad's clothes brings me solace".  -- Erica  (Utah)

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Emily's Memorial Quilt (4 of 6)
This is a full size quilt using the same log cabin design as shown above, but with the blocks rotated to make a different design. The top photo shows the entire quilt, the bottom photo shows the detail of the piecing and the quilting. The first border is again done with silk ties, and the second border is a wool suit.

Measures 84" x 95". Designed, pieced, and finished by Original Quilts. Long arm quilted by The Quilting Cottage. This quilt was completed February 2003.

"A quilt catches a feeling, a comfort, words can't describe. I am very pleased with the job and quality. My quilt will be one of my most prized possessions. The expectations and dreams of how my quilt would be couldn't have been met higher." -- Emily (Utah)

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Larain's Memorial Quilt (5 of 6)
This is a full size quilt also. My client's husband was very involved with scouting - so I took his green scout pants and made these the center fabric for each of the blocks. I used his shirts around the block, and the smaller triangles in each block are khaki pants. The first border shows the ties again, and the second border on this quilt is a sport jacket and slacks. 

All of these five quilts have the same flannel back and binding. They each have Allen's name embroidered on the front with his years of life, and another label on the back of each quilt includes the words which Allen lived his life by - the scout oath.

Measures 84" x 95". Designed, pieced, and finished by Original Quilts. Long arm quilted by The Quilting Cottage. This quilt was completed February 2003.

 "I looked through many websites offering quilting services. When I came across Original Quilts I thought wow! If this gal can quilt as good as this website looks she's the one I want to work for me. The creativity and professionalism that I saw on the website are just a sampling of the experience i have had working with Pam". -- Larain   (Utah)

 

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Memorial Quilt
This quilt is a memorial quilt for the daughter of my client. It includes clothing that her father wore such as ties, shirts, pants, and sweatshirts as well as photos of special moments with her dad. This quilt measures approx 60" x 63"

This quilt was completed November 2002.

"The creativity is outstanding - truly a work of art!" -- Chris (Washington)

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Two Memorial Clothing Quilts
My client wanted quilts made for each of her two daughters. She brought me photos and clothing that belonged to her late husband. My client's husband wore black jeans most of the time, so we used black denim in the border of the quilts. They both measure 49" x 57".

Both of these quilts were completed October 2002.

"Pam took an interest in us personally and our stories. It sure showed in the end product. Because of her personal touch, these quilts far exceeded my wildest dreams. Phenomenal!" -- Jann (Washington)

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Memorial Clothing Quilt
My client sent me clothing that belonged to her mother and asked me to create a quilt in memory of her. Her mom's trademark were her jeans, so we used embroidery from her jeans for the center square, then used the jeans pockets and light/dark jeans to create a more traditional quilt design. Fabrics used in the quilt came from: jeans, shirts, apron, a table doily, pajama's and dresses. She sent me sheets to use for the back of the quilt and the binding. 

The top photo shows the top of the quilt, the next photo shows the quilting on the back of the quilt, and the bottom photo shows the label on the back of the quilt. The #1 Nana was embroidered on a sweatshirt my client sent me. I added the other wording, then attached this to the back of the quilt as the label. My client asked for the label to be placed in the upper left corner of the back of the quilt so she could see this at night as she was falling asleep. Measures 80" x 100". Completed May 2002. 

The Quilting Cottage did the long arm quilting on this quilt.

"I wanted to tell you, too, how much I enjoyed working with you. This project was so fun and far exceeded my expectations and hopes! I just love how careful you were with the quilt piecing--the way all of the red-dress squares have the same hourglass pattern in them. That is just wonderful attention to detail! Something I just love, but never expected to find from someone else doing the work for me."    -- Casey (Virginia)

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Two Memorial Quilts
My client wanted a special gift for each of her parents. She sent me over 60 photographs of her family and of artwork her brother had done in school. Her brother died in high school, and she wanted these quilts as a memorial to her brother for her parents. The father's quilt is shown above. It has photos of Michael and his father, and the quilt below highlights photos of Michael with his mother. The border is leaf fabric symbolizing life and growth. These quilts measure 43" x 43", and have 48 photos in each. These quilts were completed March 2002.

The Quilting Cottage did the long arm quilting on these quilts.

"The quilts provided to me by Original Quilts are wonderful. It brought tears to my parents eyes. I don't think there is a better way to capture such precious memories". - Stephanie (Georgia)

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Memorial Quilt
This quilt was made from my client's wife's clothing. He sent me a brocade jacket we used as the border, as well as satin pants, sweaters, a bathing suit, and night gowns.  This quilt measures approx 45" x 78"

This quilt was completed April 2003.

(New York)

 

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