WE MADE THE PAPER AGAIN THIS WEEKEND — SO EXCITING !!!!
By Fallan Patterson, Forum Publishing Group
1:29 pm, November 13, 2014
Garnet thread follows the pattern’s hearts and swirls, stitching together one of 25 memory quilts created using clothes from the family’s beloved matriarch.
The quilt is spread across a $30,000 quilting machine in Sherie McKenna’s Chapel Trail home in Pembroke Pines, where memories are preserved in fabric.
McKenna and Angel Anderson make up the Pembroke Pines-based Sweet on Stitches, a company specializing in quilts made from T-shirts, wedding dresses or other cherished items.
“Sherie and I are all about inspiring people and preserving memories,” said Anderson, who handles customer service, the embroidery work and quilt designs.
Judy Murphy commissioned the pair last year to create three T-shirt quilts using her late husband’s shirts: one for her and one for each of her children.
“Gerald dressed very dapperly with buttoned-down, monogrammed shirts,” said Murphy, of Pembroke Pines. “It was such a beautiful thing not to have to throw those shirts away.”
Kyrie John, of Miami, had a quilt made to commemorate her time at Florida State University’s Pi Beta Phi chapter.
“I was just about in tears, it’s so beautiful,” Johnson said of the quilt made from 30 shirts. “It’s a really big quilt.”
Business has exploded since the friends opened Sweet on Stitches three years ago. They hired two additional employees to help with the work load — as of Nov. 5, they have to complete 55 quilts before Christmas.
“When it gets close to Christmas, it just gets nuts,” McKenna said. “People just don’t realize how long it takes to make a quilt.”
Thanks to social media and an online Etsy shop, Sweet on Stitches has made quilts for people across the U.S. and in countries such as Canada, Australia and the Netherlands.
Katie Milas Smith, of Virginia, recently ordered her fourth quilt from them. She had identical quilts made from her grandmothers’ wedding dresses: one for her future child and one for her brother.
“They did a fabulous job with it,” Milas Smith said. “It’s really wonderful to have repurposing of an item most people would just keep in a closet.”
“We’re making amazing, personal things,” Anderson said. “We’re preserving people’s history.”
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