Sunny Edwards Memorial Quilt (1918-2011)

Sunny Edwards (1918-2011), 2013, 63″ x 64″ Made in collaboration with Rowan Edwards from his grandfather’s western shirts, hand and machine pieced, hand quilted.

Rowan Edwards visited my studio for weekly work sessions to create this improvised quilt in memory of his grandfather Sunny Edwards from Sunny’s western shirts. Together we devoted 57 collaborative hours (35 of my hours) towards completing this quilt.

I love this picture of Rowan in front of the completed quilt followed by the picture of Sunny. Because Rowan’s hands chose Sunny’s clothes, cut them apart, pieced them back together and participated in the slow process of hand-quilting, the result is not only a memorial to Sunny, but also embodies the living relationship between them that resides in Rowan’s heart.

For more details on the making of this quilt and the bereavement/improvisation process visit the project archive or

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22 Responses to Sunny Edwards Memorial Quilt (1918-2011)

  1. Rhonda says:

    Our youngest son past 3 years ago. This is an awesome idea to do with the many western shirts he left behind. When he was younger, I had made him a quilt out of my husband’s parents work clothes. Now I will make one out of his shirts for his son, who is now eight & longs for his Daddy’s things.

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  3. Such a lovely memorial of a special relationship! Interesing how Rowan’s hands are crossed just as his grandfather’s are. They must have had a special connection. Sunny’s spirit lives on in this quilt!

  4. roccagal says:

    I am so impressed and touched by the craftsmanship and the wonderful sentiment of this quilt!

  5. Jenny M says:

    Well done, Rowan. An amazing tribute to your Grandfather, whom I must say looks like a handsome man on his horse.

  6. Byrd says:

    Everything about this project is beautiful. It is so well executed, the design is perfectly composed, the quilting motif is exactly what it should be and the photos are perfect bookends. So much love is in this quilt. Thank you so much for this. Take care, Byrd

  7. Sandy Strader says:

    What a great tribute to his grandfather. It will become a family heirloom for sure. Beautiful.

  8. that is really wonderful. when i see your work I love how you keep the shirts whole or at least not-totally deconstructed. Love the shirtsleeves and buttons and yet I just go to town cutting those off. Need to try your way sometime. I’m guessing that sleeve is appliqued. Quilting is gorgeous as always.

  9. Gwen says:

    Sherri, I’ve been eagerly looking for this report on the conclusion of your work with Rowan! It’s beautiful. Thank you, dear.

  10. I almost have no words-what a touching process. Thank you for sharing the progress and the final quilt-it is a beautiful thing.

  11. patty says:

    The quilt turned out great. What a memory this quilt carries with it!

  12. Sherri, once again you have made a beautifully, touching work of art.

  13. Sandi says:

    The quilt is a beautiful tribute. I especially like the quilting, and how you kept recognizable pieces of the shirts. There’s something in the posture of both men that emphasizes their relationship – the crossed hands, the athleticism. Gorgeous work.

  14. LeeAnn says:

    Fabulous and touching. He looks proud and connected. Beautiful!

  15. Lynda M O says:

    What a pleasure it has been following this story as it unfolded and then came together in the most glorious end result. Just marvelous, Sherri, you both did fantastic.

  16. Janet says:

    Well done, both of you! I love the quilt. I think you used the shirt shapes, pockets, buttons, cuffs, etc.. to build a quilt with multi- functional integrated imagery. For a cowboy, multi- function and integration would be valuable principals. Thank goodness the western esthetic included the yoke and those great snap buttons!

  17. Heather says:

    The quilt turned out just beautifully. Rowan looks rightfully proud. (And I love the way the orange trim on his shirt pops out of the picture- a great photo!)

  18. Chris says:

    What a way to memorialize someone you care about with this unique quilt. This has been such a great story, I’m so glad I’ve followed it…

  19. Susan K says:

    A wonderful quilt and a wonderful story. I’ve been following the blog postings and what a meaningful way to remember someone. Thanks for sharing it.

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