Do you have boxes of clothing or linens that you are saving for some future project? Perhaps you have a few treasured belongings from a loved one that has passed, tucked carefully away in a drawer or on a closet shelf?
I’m Cyndi Souder. I’m a teacher, lecturer, writer, and quilter. Most of the quilts I make are Celebration Quilts. I’ve made these quilts for myself, for friends and family, and for clients. So, what makes a quilt a Celebration Quilt?
Celebration Quilts are designed to honor or celebrate an event, a memory, or a life. Have you made a baby quilt? Then you’ve made a Celebration Quilt. Wedding quilt? Graduation quilt? Retirement quilt? Yup, these are all Celebration Quilts. I’ve made quilts to celebrate births, weddings, and anniversaries. When the tragedy of September 11th happened, I made a quilt to try to make sense of it. When I lost my sister to ovarian cancer, I made a series of quilts and I’m sure I have more of those in my head. The one pictured here is from a Judy Niemeyer pattern and earned thousands of dollars at a fundraising auction for cancer research.
Clients most often ask me to create Celebration Quilts to help them honor a lost loved one. They bring me clothing, pictures, jewelry, cards, books, glasses, and so much more. I try to make the quilt solely from the artifacts they have brought me so that the quilt is more personal and more meaningful. We talk about the person they wish to celebrate and I get to know the quilt’s subject. I ask a lot of questions and I design the quilt to reflect the personality of the person we’re honoring.
I know that sounds hard, but it’s something that everyone can do. In my book, Creating Celebration Quilts, I have a worksheet that will walk you through the design and decision-making process. The questions help you decide on the colors, materials, size, and design of the quilt.
I love to teach this workshop, because we go beyond the book. I learn about your ideas, how you want to proceed, and I help you overcome the potential speed bumps. Working with tee shirts? I have tips. Have lots of neckties? I can help with that. Are your keepsakes and artifacts three-dimensional? I have ways to overcome that. Do you have an idea but no specific artifacts? I can help you decide what to use that will create a meaningful Celebration Quilt. Join me in class in Lakeland, FL or Cleveland, OH and I’ll help you Design Your Own Celebration Quilt.
- Tsukineko® Inks (Lakeland only)
- Quilting with the Feed Dogs Down
- Quilting with the Feed Dogs Up
- Quilt Writing: Add Words with Free Motion Stitches