Memory Quilt Commission
Before Christmas I took on a commission to create a ‘Memory Quilt’ for Nicole who will be off to university in September.
The quilt was a surprise for her from her family and celebrates all her amazing achievements so far, I’m sure there will be many more to come!!
Memory quilts are currently very popular as a gift to preserve memories and celebrate achievement. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and it has very much inspired me to explore further.
If you are interested in having a memory quilt made please contact me to discuss the options and for a quote.
Memory quilts are by no means a new idea!…..
A Brief History of Quilts
As with most traditional techniques, the history of quilt making goes back a long way.
Pioneering colonists who travelled to America in the 18th & 19th centuries arrived totally unprepared for the severe cold and having very little in the way of belongings and resources, preserved scraps of fabrics from old clothing – dresses, aprons and shirts etc to use in quilts which would keep them warm through the winter months.
Through this came the unintentional evolution of a very special tradition of quilting to preserve special memories and connections to people in our lives and in particular family members. Quilts created were often made from wedding and christening garments and gifted as presents, becoming valuable family heirlooms handed down through the generations.
Similar to early quilts contemporary memory quilts preserve treasured memories of people, events, accomplishments, and places.
Perhaps one of the most well-known of all memory quilts, the Aids Memorial Quilt, combines the characteristics of traditional and modern quilt making. It memorialises individual loved ones as well as raising awareness.
Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry caused outcry in the 1990’s and 2000’s with their famous quilt creations made to record controversial memories and express extreme views.
No longer a necessity for warmth, modern quilts have many other purposes, from wall decorations to table runners to treasured artefacts.
Like their ancestors, today’s quilters use the resources and materials they have to hand. In addition to traditional fabrics, they use t-shirts, neck-ties, and photographs transferred to fabric to create quilts that are very much personalised to their contemporary owners. They are surely destined to become family heirlooms just as they have been in the past.