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.
many competitions were brought immediately to my memory!
I wondered what should be done with all of these priceless
ribbons. How could I leave behind all my dear memories
of my amazing horse, Speedy, and his many triumphs? I
thought of all those hot summer days spent practicing,
late nights braiding with friends, 4:30 am schoolings in
empty arenas, all those falls when I got sand in my pants,
and the countless hours hauling to shows and 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.
could I pack away so many hard earned awards? Should
they be packed in the attic of my new house and forgotten
– left to dry rot, mildew, and be home to mice? I wondered
what would be the point of keeping them if that was their
fate. I knew I could never pack in an attic or toss to the
curb the memories and lessons that I have learned
through riding horses.
decided that the best way to preserve my precious memories
was to make a ribbon quilt.
creating the first quilt and taking it to use at shows
and other events I have helped others to solve the problem
of what to do with their ribbons.