The heroic, Speedy Operator, a 15.3 hh AQHA gelding who would jump the moon for me. In this photo, taken in 1998, we are jumping our ribbons for my high school senior portrait. We were both 17 years old when this photo was taken and he won hundreds more ribbons from when this photos was taken to when he retired in 2000. The quilts I made from his ribbons are more than 10 years old and they look nearly as good as they did when they were first created. Speedy is in his mid-30s now; his ribbon quilts have only become more treasured.
began making ribbon quilts 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
lined with hundreds of awards. Each one beaming with memories of my loving, supportive family, wonderful friends and coaches, heroic horses, and progressively difficult challeges overcome. I thought of all the memories and lessons I'd learned
through riding horses!
I wondered what should be done with such a collection of priceless
ribbons, the majority of which had been hard-won by my amazing little quarter horse, Speedy Operator, who could jump the moon. I
thought of all those hot summer days spent practicing,
late nights and early mornings spent braiding with friends, pre-dawn schoolings in
empty arenas, all the 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 back of some cluttered closet
to dry rot, be forgotten, and eventually be tossed to the
decided that the best way to preserve my memories and my ribbons
was to make a quilt.
Since creating my first ribbon quilt I have helped hundreds of people to answer the question of what to do with their ribbons. I take great pride in being a leading ribbon quilter with nearly 500 unique quilts of all sizes for customers to peruse. I have sewn beautiful projects for such noteworthy customers as Juan Montoya Design Company, top USEF hunter sire Popeye K, top AQHA riders, and countless others. I look forward to helping you create a custom heirloom ribbon quilt that both preserves your memories and brings noteworthy, one-of-a-kind, distinction, and equestrian elegance into your stable, home, or office.