Walter F. Kenney, Jr., February 2011

Walter F. Kenney, Jr.
2011, 54″ x 48″, machine and hand-pieced, hand-quilted, from the clothing of Walter F. Kenney, Jr.

Lauren Kenney asked me to make a memorial quilt out of her father’s clothes as a gift for her mother. Lauren and her husband came to my studio with a few choice items of clothing, a gold coat beloved by her father in spite of her mother’s sense of better taste, golf club covers, gloves, and towel, a favorite plaid shirt, old jean shorts and a pair of suspenders.

Walter was a down to earth kind of guy who used a rope as a belt when working out in the yard. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and as a Connecticut state police officer, and was a loyal Red Sox fan. By his clothes, I can see that Walter had a colorful and bold personality!

Walter F. Kenney, Jr.

This quilt took 19 hours to complete. If you are interested in having a memorial or bereavement quilt made contact me or for more information visit Passage Quilting

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14 Responses to Walter F. Kenney, Jr., February 2011

  1. Dave Brennan says:

    What a great idea. Walt and I were stationed together at the Sub base. He was a real nice guy and a sharp Marine. We also were both from Waterbury. Semper Fi.

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  3. Lauren Kenney says:


    How can I thank you for the beautiful piece of history you have given my family? Jeff and I were so moved when we saw the final piece; every time we look at it we notice another piece of clothing you were able to incorporate. I am so looking forward to taking a trip back to CT to present this quilt to my mother. The 2nd Anniversary of my father’s death is March 18th and now she’ll have something tangible to remember him by. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your talent with us. And thank you to all those who commented-your kind words about my father warmed my heart…he truly was a very special man.

  4. Sherri Lynn Wood says:

    Thanks everyone!

    Yes I’m pretty fast with the quilting. Luckily the design fell into place easily. Sometimes it does sometimes it doesn’t!

  5. Kristin L says:

    Your bereavement quilts are so touching and wonderful. This one definitely has a homey guy feel to it. I can’t believe how quickly it came together — you must quilt like the wind!

  6. shannon says:

    i am always so very moved when i see your memory quilts. while they are beautiful & artistic, the aspect that moves me so much is that you seem to capture the soul and essence of the person. it’s like you “feel” the quilt.


  7. Heather says:

    Amazing what you created out of materials that aren’t usually considered for quilts. I love the movement of the suspenders and the glove/hands and pockets. Lively and bold, lots of personality – Walter must have been quite a guy.

  8. Brenda says:

    it’s lively and fun and obviously reflects a personality. but only 19 hours? wow!

  9. By the way, that comment was left in my full name but usually I go by this name in blogland, just so you know who’s talking!

  10. Firstly, as I am a huge fan of pretty much everything you do, I’m thrilled you took the time to link. Secondly, this quilt is just wonderful. I love how you took a pile of possessions and brought them together in a quilt which conveys a personality. Just wonderful.

  11. blandina says:

    Aren’t you a supertalented girl?

  12. Lynda M O says:

    A beautiful evocative piece of history of a great man’s life. You did amazingly well, Sherri, I love it. Looks like he will be fondly remembered for many generations to come. I love how you used the rope and the suspenders.

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