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Quilt Chronicles: the meaning of quilts

To give quilts a place in our future, we first have to understand what they mean. 

And the best way to understand anything is through stories. So I am collecting stories of quilts made from scraps, old clothes or any other upcycled materials. Directly from the source: the people who made the quilts. And give them the opportunity to tell the story of their quilt. 

In this blogpost, I feature some of these stories.

Do you have a story to tell? Email me at rianne@kickassquilts.org.


All quilts and quilters have a story to tell.


My mom, Karin, was the first brave soul to share her story. 

This quilt is made from shirts of people she knows. In that way, seeing the quilt reminds her of those people. There are shirts of her father, husband, brother, son-in-law, friends, and even some tiny pieces of her first grandson. 

Luckily, all those people are still alive. However, this quilt will be a good memory of those people when the time comes.

Revolving star quilt with family shirts made by karin. part of the quilt chronicles

The Dear Jane Quilt is the first BIG quilt I started. I figured once I've finished this quilt: there is no doubt about it any more that I can quilt.  Ten years later, the quilt is not finished yet. It is completely made by hand and not the kind of project to rush.

The Dear Jane Quilt has become a trusted friend throughout my quilting years. For some quilt blocks I can still remember when I made it and what was happening in my life. Also, you can really see how my skills grew throughout the years. 

Even though I've finished many quilts throughout the years, I always come back to the Dear Jane Quilt when I need to ease my mind. And block by block, and stitch by stitch, the quilt grows.

Dear Jane Sampler Quilt details with solid fabrics in yellow, blue, pink, red, brown and more

The Quilt Chronicles collect stories of quilts and quilters throughout the world, experience level and meaning or intention of the quilt.  I'd love to feature your story! Email me at rianne@kickassquilts.org to sign up. 

All quilts and quilters have a story to tell.

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Have you always wanted to give a new life to the clothes you can't wear any more? For example, to make a keepsake of the old shirts of your grandfather or from the summer dresses of your mother?


The 'Quilting Out of Your Home' e-book is the first step to learn how to do so! 


In the e-book, I give tips and tricks how to upcycle old clothes and fabrics into useful quilts. Also, I show you how little you need to start quilting. There is no need to buy any fabric or tools to quilt!


The e-book is a gift when you subscribe to my newsletter. No spam, only the occasional tips and inspiration to become a sustainable quilter.

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