It’s unique, sentimental, handcrafted, archival, thoughtful and beautiful. It’s a modern heirloom quilt–a gorgeous way to preserve memories in a loving object. And it’s a tremendous gift to offer someone or even yourself to record experiences in a sustainable + meaningful way. For Suzanne Paquet, owner of Atelier Six, her quilts + other creative projects are about engaging emotion and enhancing connection through design. You can watch a wonderful video about the whole process here. Atelier Six works directly with you to help choose quilt designs, select fabrics and more. Today Suzanne is guest blogging about the holidays + her heirloom quilts; on her website, you can also find out more about her other artisanal endeavors including Craft + Eat, craft fairs + design projects.
I love the holidays. I really do. The celebrations, the lights, the decorations and gift-giving. Great food and laughing with friends and family. All of it. I have such good memories of the Christmases and birthdays I’ve spent with my family and friends. Preserving meaningful memories and experiences is irresistible to me. But, it’s also easy to get overwhelmed with all of the possibilities.
I try now to focus my efforts on fewer things, but things with more meaning. And things that ultimately will connect us together. The birth of a child is by all accounts something to celebrate. Beyond the baby book, the photographs, and the handcrafted birthdays, I knew, almost from day one of my son’s life, that I wanted to create a modern quilt with his baby clothes and his father’s cotton dress shirts.
While I knew that I wanted to create something to be able to pass down to my son as a memento of his childhood and a connection to his dad, I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy the quilt NOW. Instead of baby clothes packed in the back of the closet, I can see them everyday, in a beautiful, useful object. Revisiting the memories of his first birthday, his first ice cream cone and our walks in the park sparks a smile and fills our home with more meaning. And that, is a true gift.
Suzanne Paquette of Atelier Six makes Modern Heirloom quilts with your sentimental clothing.
You can also find Suzanne this weekend at the Willingdon Craft Fair:
5870 Terrebonne Bldv, one block north of Monkland in NDG
Friday, December 12th from 3:30-7:00 pm
Saturday, December 13th from 10 am-3:0o pm
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All photos via Vivian Doan Photography