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Speedy & LaniSpeedy and I jumping our ribbons for a senior portrait in 1998, when we were both 17 years old. The quilts made from Speedy's ribbons are more than 10 years old and they look nearly as good as they did when they were first created. He is 34 years old now and his ribbons have only become more treasured.

 

I began quilting with ribbons in 2001, when my parents told me that I needed to take the things in my old room to my new house. I looked around my former bedroom which was filled with treasured awards and precious memories of shows with dear equine and human friends.

So many competitions were brought immediately to my memory! I thought of all the memories made and lessons learned through riding horses! I wondered what should be done with all of these priceless ribbons, hard-won by Speedy, my amazing little quarter horse who could jump the moon. I thought of all those hot summer days spent practicing, late nights and early mornings braiding with friends, pre-dawn schoolings in an empty arena, all those falls when I got sand in my pants, and the countless hours hauling to shows and riding lessons with my mom and sister. I recalled the times I beat a friend in a ride off (and the times when they beat me) and we both left the ring crying. I just couldn't pack away my hard earned awards and leave them in the attic, basement, or in the back of some cluttered closet to dry rot, be forgotten, and eventually be tossed to the curb!

I decided that the best way to preserve my ribbons was to make a quilt.

Since creating my first ribbon quilts, I have helped hundreds of others to solve the problem of what to do with their ribbons.