The theme is "Remember Me", which has some traditional overtones, doesn't it, but we are not traditional,so I want you to make a quilt that tells us what YOU want to be remembered for- your blue eyes,  the sunflowers in your garden,  how you play the piano, your shoe collection, your friendly ear, the size of your family, your career,  the book you wrote, the quilt award you won, the Nobel peace prize, whatever. Instead of a collage of your life, focus on something important to you. (It can be more than one thing, of course.) Any size or technique.

Challenge Host: Phyllis Cullen



I want you to remember me as an angel, so here I am with hearts streaming skyward from my right hand and my lovely lacey wings open wide to shelter you.

In my left hand I hold a scorpion (my sign) and he holds the key to my being CHAOS.

On my right side is a composite of things I think about (sewn on an overlay of tulle) flowers and lizards and monkeys and pigs and butterflies.   I am not sure why my hair is represented by fish but they seemed fine when I put them on.

I am a mother of 2, a wife of 42 years, a grandmother, a CPA and a professor.  I sew, I quilt, I have a garden, 20 chickens and two 100 pound dogs. I have a sewing studio and a studio to play with dye and paint.   I never had any goals so life just happened to me.  Therefore, I see the entire 60 years as a chaotic adventure and look forward to at least 20 more adventurous years and then 20 to sit on the porch.

Kristina Adams
Paradise, CA

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My Favorite Things

This quilt decided to take on a life of it's own. My original plan was to use primarily my favorite flowers, colors, and fabrics, but as I began, more ideas came into play. With a degree in horticulture, my life has centered around flowers and gardens. While looking for photos of our greenhouse to add, I found family photos, and decided to add many of them. This quilt became a real keepsake, with photos of my parents, grandmother, husband, sons, grandkids, and one granddog. The photos are surrounded by many of my sunprints, favorite commercial fabrics, and beads in cobalt blue and pink. It really ended up showing most of "My Favorite Things", and people.

Sue Andrus
Towanda, PA



26.5" x 20.5"



When I decided to take part in this challenge, I realised that there
were so many aspects of my life that I would like to be remembered.
The most important and creative part of my life has been having a family.  Children have been a huge joy to me, we have  five children
and also raised my Godson for many years, now the children are adults and we have 10 Grandchildren.  I was active in the Girl Guide movement for many years, have had various positions on several Charities.  I am a vegetarian, love travel, books, the arts, quilting and much more.  I had problems leaving anything out - so it is all there, even my little Westie, Rosie.  In the background quilting I have included all that is important to me, including all the little things that make life interesting and or fun!

Christine Bell
Cornwall, England


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Whispers from the Past

Whispers from the PastMy mother died peacefully on New Years Eve in 1991 of heart failure before the cancer in her tongue and throat could end her life in pain and agony. I was so thankful that she went peacefully that I did not cry for her. When I began to make this quilt it brought home how she is still with me everyday of my life for I hear her voice in whispers of guidance, support and encouragement. I have cried continuously while I made this quilt. What more can I say except what I put into the label of this quilt.

When I smell the scent of the old ragged sun-warmed wild roses that you loved so much

When I hear the gulls circling overhead

When I pick raspberries amidst the fields of wild roses

When I smell the salt breezes off the water

When I wander along the shorelines enjoying sand and surf

When I stick a flower in my hair

When I am tempted to wander from your teachings

I hear Whispers From The Past in your voice

Whispers that remind me of the love, the caring, the constant support and encouragement

Whispers of a wonderful carefree childhood surrounded by a warm loving presence and memories of carefree days at the cottage

Guiding whispers that I will remember, Momma.

I hand dyed and used salt to texturize the background fabric. Pictures and Mom's sayings were photocopied on chiffon to give a light, spiritual effect. Floral silk ribbon embroideries surround the pictures as flowers always

Sandra Betts
St John New Brunswick, Canada


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Emergence

Becoming authentic has been my lifelong journey. From the early years that were controlled by my parents, through the decades when my life was dedicated to my family and work, I wondered who Sherry was. Finally the real me has emerged, the product of all my experiences. Curious, original, independent, genuine.However that I am remembered, may it be that I am the real deal.

Sherry Boram
Pendleton, IN


 

 

 



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Remember my Passion
15.5" x 20"

Trying to define the essence of a person's life, whether yours or someone else's in a few words is difficult to do. As those of us who have begun this Remember Me Challenge have discovered. But presenting this in art form brings another level to the task.

Anita Sue Burk
Lake Charles, LA


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I had a very difficult time trying to decide on how I want to be remembered.For weeks I tried to decide between representing myself as a mother or a teacher so I decided to represent them both.The pull between the two jobs is represented by the divided figure. One side is solid and predictable, as teachers were expected to be, and the other side is the Mom,a bit flamboyant and domestic. Hidden in the background, are images of places our family has visited or resided. The backing fabric displays both violins, French horns and piano scores representing the musical instruments I play. I have been collecting black and white fabric and decided to use it for this project.

Sonia Callahan
Piedmont, California


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Life Journal
36" x 36"

Hosting a challenge related to how you want to be remembered brings you close to the minds and souls of every participant. My own piece is more a chronicle- of some of the places, some of the feelings, and some of the people who have been part pf the journey. In the bottom left is my daughter, representing my family looking at where I've been and who I am. The images are photo transferred, painted , drawn, or cut from printed fabric- whatever recalled a part of my life

 

Phyllis Cullen
Chico, CA




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Girl Scout Artist
15" x 18"

I believe that Girl Scouts will be my life's work, and something that I hope to be remembered for. I donate not only my time, but my artwork for the Girl Scout Council of Orange County in Southern California. http://www.gscoc.org/ I have designed logos, and 30+ badges for Urban Adventure, our largest fund raiser. I've also designed council patches, family giving logo, t-shirts, and rubber stamps, just to name a few. My one-of-a-kind GS themed works of art bring in big bucks for your council in our annual auction. It's all about the girls!

Jamie Fingal
Orange, California



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Remember the Story Teller
20" x 39"

 

My story is hanging on the wall now. It's all there, in the little quilt: my faith, my friends, my beloved husband and children, my dear dogs, my books and poetry, the whirl of color and motion that fills my life. And finally the tree. The tree is me. Still standing even in the face of a hard wind.

I turned to quilting five years ago when I lost my career to an autoimmune disease. I live with pain every day now. I have lost my ability to write -- even though that's how I earned my living all those years. Instead of the poetry of language, I have found the poetry of color and texture.

Self-taught, I struggle to find my style, the "voice" that will say"Sunny made this". Perfection is not my goal. I prefer to hope that my quilts will tell a story the way my words always did. I am now and always have been the story teller. Remember.

Sunny Hemphill
Wenatchee, WA



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Remember Me, Not Just Another Brick in the Wall
34" x  39"

Cotton and blends machine pieced, quilted, hand beaded

I have been a 'teacher' most my life, beginning with summer camps as a teen, followed by 20+ years in the classroom and now as a private tutor. It is an extremely exciting event, to watch someone make the 'connections' between ideas or concepts that allows them to make order out of apparent chaos as they expand their skill and knowledge base! It is my hope people remember the moments of 'realization' and can find their way back there as they approach different materials and new ideas/concepts! They learn how to learn. The kaleidoscopes amidst the swirling galaxy represent finding order in apparent chaos. This moment of awareness is the memory I want others to hold, I am the facilitator, my role is diminished as the learner finds and develops their own 'way' of learning. The simple pleasure, comfort and joy I take from playing with my kaleidoscopes (both real and fabric) is the comfort and assurance that all chaos has order. Even if I can't see it at the moment, I know it will become clear in its own time.

PeggySue O. King
Olympia, Washington




A Gold Star for the Teacher

Most of Marlene's working life centered around teaching. She has been teaching since she was 8 (at play school for younger siblings and youngsters in the neighborhood) through the major part of her working life. She has taught in public schools ( first grade school through junior high English and math) and adult school for seniors and developmentally disabled. After changing careers to tax accounting, Marlene taught sewing, quilting and wearable art classes at local shops and guilds.

 

Madene Koons
Auburn, CA


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  Seeing Behind the Layers
   24" x 27"
My hope is to be remembered as a good person, with a kind heart. Thinking back on all the lives touched through my lifelong participation in community service programs, to include my service to our country, I hope to be remembered as a caring person, who was there to offer a hand up, a strong person who provided protection for those who were defenseless, and as a role model for children at risk. But most of all, I hope to be remembered, by those lives I touched, as a good and faithful friend.

Marcia Ann Kuehl
Capistrano Beach, CA



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Remember Me
26.5" x 16"

Summing up your life is hard. Thinking about how you would like to be remembered when yours is done is even harder. My quilt reflects my roles: mother, wife, friend, volunteer, quilter, gardener and doodler, along with the recognition that, as Mother Teresa notes, I haven't accomplish any great things, just small things, done with love

Terry Pottmeyer
Mercer Island, WA


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Organized Chaos

 

My life may look to many as a bit chaotic. I have 4 children, try to create my art daily, and spent much of my adult life so far in and out of college for my teaching degree. When I think of what I want to be remembered for it would be for how well I faired during this chaos.  I tried to organize it, make sense of it and use it to my advantage.  This piece is a reflection on how beautiful chaos can be in your life.  Chaos doesn't have to be bad, it can be empowering if you take control over it..  I want my children and others to remember my spirit, my optimism, my need to create - whether it be art, a beautiful family or a wonderful meal.  I want to be remembered for giving it my all and doing my best.  I believe in that very cliché saying, "when life gives you scraps, make quilts" and I carry it through my life. 

Tiny Marie Rey
Lake Ariel, PA


The Learning/Teaching Tree
20" x 28"



 
In my role as both a learner and a teacher. I loved school, was always the one to choose a front seat, started on research project at the beginning of the semester, eagerly took notes, and used my mind to analyze information. It was natural to teach my sons; both the practical and the esoteric. It was natural for me to teach school for 23 years. All the time i was teaching, i was also learning. Though i am retired, i still teach--my friends, my grandchildren, and my grown sons. Now i also have more free time to learn--from books, through discussions and even formal classes. I still love to learn! The tree and leaves are my abstract depiction of being a strong person, imbued with the ability to both learn and teach. Words embroidered on the bottom of the piece speak to my inner qualities, the ones for which i intend to be remembered

Sharon Richards
Flagstaff, Arizona




I can remember looking out over the clouds from Mt. St Helens when she was 2000 feet higher, I can remember the feeling of accomplishment when a patient said "thank you", I can remember seeing my daughter's eyes for the first time, I remember seeing a bunch of girls grown into young ladie., I remember seeing my husband do his magic with his photography, I would do it all over again, but at 74, Remember Me

Shirley Jo Rimkus-Falconer
Independence, OR



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After signing up for this challenge not able to come up with an acceptable idea I decided to ask my children (I have 4) and some of m close friends-HOW WILL YOU REMEMBER ME- that was a big mistake each came up with a different idea. I thought a lot and decided not to offend any of them to use all of the ideas. HERE WAS THE MOST WEIRD QUILT CREATED I seem to be an octopus and not a persom but I hope they are all satisfied

Klara Schafler-Landesberg
Haifa, Israel


Enthusiasm
21" x 11"

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Copper mesh, beads, brass doorhinges, Gutterguard diamonds, Hardware cloth squares, jewelry,Lockwashers, Underwire, Wire spirals.

Meena Schaldenbrand   
Plymouth, Michigan



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Don't Use Orange
21"" x 17"

Yes I use orange and bright colors...I am a collector of many things and I've tried to show a some of my many collections....beads, buttons, pins, a cloth doll. The circles are sewn in and I like to use them on my quilts. It was hard to make a quilt about me ...I wanted to put family on my quilt! There is a tiny photo of "me" in one of the circles taken in Houston at the International Quilt Festival.

Janice Simpson
Marquette, Michigan


 


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Remember how pleased I was that I found a way to be a valuable person,not for what I am NOT able to do, but  for what I AM able to do...

Losing the abilities I had when having a stroke on the age of 32 was quite harsh, but with a loving and caring husband ,together we were a team! I had a stroke  a week after giving birth to twinboys. Was blind for almost a week,semi paralysed and aphatic.

We lived very happily  for nine years, and then the most terrible night one can imagine, my husband died. Here I was, with 3 boys, one  11 years old, and twins 9 year old...

It was difficult to find a new way of life,but being an optimistic, positive person, I managed to find a way of living that feels good to me and my boys..

Half a year later  I was shopping with my sister, she allready owned an embroidery machine, and at her dealer, my eyes fell on a sewing machine...the Designer 1 , Husqvarna Viking , just released in the Netherlands....

Many happy stitching and embroidering hours followed, then I purchased the digitizing software, to design my own embroidery.

I discovered a style what was really "me"and realised there wouldn't be future for me as a commercial digitizer, my work was far to "arty"for that purpose. I traded with my designs to people all over the world,and built up a nice stash of quilting fabrics, embroiderythreads and so much more!

Entered some contests with my embroidered things, and with my digitizng skills, and won on national level.

Last December I won an European award, "Best Embroiderer of Europe", organizzed by Bernina. I made a vase with hydrangeas, both embroidered . I used this event to depict myself for this challenge,

Hey!
Look at me, I did it all by myself!!!!!
And feeling proud to be able to express myself in fabrics and threads!

Adri de Vries Tadema
Vrouwenparochie, Netherlands  





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Remember Me Quilt
16 1/2" x 19"



Statement: I used symbols on my quilt to represent how I wish to be
remembered.  The hands represent my love for creating.  The earts
symbolize my love for my family and friends.  The large heart with he three small hearts inside represent my husband and two children. The remaining hearts stand for my daughter-in-law, grandchildren, other family members, and friends.  The hand presenting the flower symbolizes both my love of flowers  and my willingness to share with others. Since I'm primarily a surface designer,  I used my hand dyed cottons, silks, silk fusion, and beading in the design.  I used raw edge applique

Cathy Vigor
Ashland, Kentucky



 


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My Remember Me challenge is based on something I wrote marking 25 years in my profession. I described my jobs as a craazy quilt and decided that it would be a good way to do this challenmge. There are fabrics and pins signifying significant times in my life. the organza overlay onthe top left is from a recent photo of me

Julie Wolkoff
Wellesley, MA.



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Remember Me Quilt
21" x 24"

Remember me as…an artist. Well, I am a mother, a wife, a textile designer, a newspaper layout designer, an athlete, a baker, a reader, a writer and so much more. But the magical word for me has always been “artist” so that is the main thing I would like to be remembered for. After mulling over many ideas and making dozens of sketches, I came back to my original idea: I would do a self portrait of who I am now—a middle-aged, menopausal woman with a couple extra pounds, who wears glasses, and who has recently begun to fully embrace what she always wanted to be—an artist.

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to do a border of photos and original textile designs; that was the easy part. I chose photos from babyhood through the present, with about five years between each photo, and alternated them with some of my favorite designs. All the photos and designs for the border were printed on Avery printable cotton.  I added three gold medallions, which are photos on Avery cotton of a large work called the “north pole grid” that was placed at the North Pole by reiki leader William Lee Rand to further the cause of world peace and religious harmony. I over-painted the photo with gold acrylic and embellished it with sequins and beads.

The self-portrait was made from a recent photo that was blown up 400 percent and printed out on cotton. I over-painted the photo with water-soluble oil pastels and textile markers.

I had been experimenting with fusing colored tissue paper to muslin and highlighting it with pearlex powder, and decided to use a piece with that technique between the self-portrait and the border.

Overall the piece is just like me: busy, but trying to keep everything neatly organized and balanced! The center portrait—I hope—says, “I am an artist!” while the border says, “don’t forget where you come from, where you have been, and who was along for the journey.”

Linda Ekins Wyatt


 

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