Memory Quilt

This quilt is pieced from cut up linen shirts given to me by my parents. The back is a sheet I used to sleep on as a child, worn so thin in the middle but still stiff and starched at the edges. I had intended to quilt it whilst travelling in the footsteps of my dad on my journey up to see the Callanish standing stones on the Isle of Lewis, as this was his and was to be my destination. It was instead quilted in my bedroom in Glasgow but will be my companion and keep me warm when I make the journey at a later date.

Memory quilts and commemorative quilts are a long tradition. They are made in remembrance or celebration of a place or a person, a group or an event. This celebrates the tradition of patchwork and quilting in my family, my connection to and love for them.