Memories of Quilts Past

by Lorie on May 12, 2009

I’m having this major existential crisis right now. We’re talking High School reunion here. My two choir directors (yes, I used to sing) are both retiring this year, and the all the singers are going to a special concert (can you say, Mr. Holland’s Opus?)to sing and cry and share memories. Choir was just huge for me in school and without it, I honestly don’t think I would have survived. My choir directors were incredibly influential in the life I chose to lead. There isn’t a day that I don’t think about these two guys.

Smilin' DaisiesYou may be wondering what this has to do with quilting. Well, first, my mom was an expert seamstress who sewed all of my costumes for choir and plays. I still have some of those costumes, and they are exquisitely done. Second, my mom made a quilt for one of the directors that the kids all did blocks for. This was at a time when there were no printable fabrics (and for that matter, no home printers), so we each had a square to paint. Mom did all the background work–typed up instructions, bagged up the quilt squares, sent them home with all the kids, and then assembled them all.

At the time, I don’t think I could have imagined what quilting would look like today. Online quilt patterns? Wow–we’ve come so far.

Now–wouldn’t it be fabulous to make a photo or autograph quilt for a teacher who touched your life? What about a quilt to give to your grad with school photos to show him just how far he’s come! Make Dad a quilt for Father’s Day with photos of all the fun moments you’ve had. The possibilities are endless!

I haven’t seen my mom’s quilt in years, but I’ll bet you it was one of the best gifts my director ever received. Thanks, Mom!

Find the above photo quilt here!

Sew Now! Quilt Now!


1 Courtney @ Sister To Sister 05.13.09 at 8:36 am

So neat about your mom! Good luck with all things reunion! :)

I know, it is so amazing all the tools we have to use now to make such gorgeous creations!

2 Kris 05.14.09 at 4:51 pm

What a wonderful mom to go to all that work for such influential teachers! I just loved reading about this. Thank you for sharing!

3 Pam 06.02.09 at 2:35 am

I made a memory quilt for my daughter’s pre-school teacher and she just loved it. It had a quote about the teacher and a picture from each child… I was really pleased with how it turned out…

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