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Quilts That Bring Comfort To Those Suffering From Memory Loss.

We don’t often think of or even appreciate the beautiful gift we have; the ability to call back to mind the special times in our lives.

Perhaps your wedding day or the day your child/children were born.

As a mother, I can remember the exact time to the minute that my son and daughter were born. Every detail to the fraction of ounce and fraction of inch for their weight and measurements without having to look it up in a baby book. That doesn’t make me special. Most mothers can remember every detail. The Mind is an amazing thing!

Now imagine that wonderful gift, slipping away from you and no matter how hard you try, you can’t call back to your mind those special events that make your life so meaningful.

For millions, including my dear mother, this is a reality and the effects are devastating! Not only do they the lack of ability to recall things, they also suffer the feelings of worthlessness, loss of dignity, they feel hopeless and all of this can lead to severe depression, among other things.

About 3 years ago, I was “thinking out loud” (big mistake) in front of my mother, asking a thoughtless question. “what year was my middle sister Debbie born?” I couldn’t remember if it was 1964 or 1965. What seemed like an innocent question, haunted her the remainder of the day. No matter how much I tried to change the subject, she struggled, trying to remember.  And I struggled all day trying to hold back the tears. That incident taught me how important it was to assist her with coming up with an answer, so she did not feel worthless.

I admired a beautiful photo quilt (made by my sister’s friend) and how it brought comfort to my father during his final days. It was then that I realized how much it meant for those who are suffering to cling onto something with their fondest memories and see everyone they love on it.

This inspired me to start creating photo memory quilts. The combination of all your favorite photos and a quilt that one can cuddle and keep warm has proved to bring comfort to those suffering from many ailments.

The photo quilt below was created as a result of me asking about the year my sister was born. I made this for my mother. It has her favorite pictures of my sisters and I. Our names and date of birth under each of our pictures. Since we all were born in the winter time, the panel in the middle says “winter blessings”.

Photo Quilts really do help bring comfort to those suffering from memory loss and that is what Connie’s Keepsake Cafe is all about. Preserving your most cherished memories with style.

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Professional Portraits vs. Snap Shots.

Usually, I stress to my clients that they would want to use good quality photos for their photo quilts. But does that mean that they should be professional studio portraits? Not necessarily.

I have a number of studio portraits of my children when they were younger and many are among my favorite pictures of them.  I also have hundreds of snap shots and most are photos that are very dear to me.

When is the last time that you looked at a professional portrait and thought to yourself; “wow, that was the best day of my life.” What wonderful memories I have of that day!” Usually that is not the case. At a studio, everything is planned out, every hair is in place, the subject is posed just so. Of course,  after all this fuss, there are some excellent pictures as a result. Pictures that definitely look great on a photo quilt.  And I have used some studio portraits on my own photo quilts. But don’t dismiss the snap shots.

Snap shots are invaluable. They touch our hearts because our emotions are involved. They take us back to that exact moment in time, so we can relive it in our minds and hearts.  They capture the personality and mood, and portray it in an honest way because of it’s candidness.

Here is an examples of a professional portrait and some snap shots that I used in a quilt of my kids when they were younger:

I cherish this studio portrait of my son and daughter.  It is one of my favorites and I have a 16×20 of it hanging on my wall.

Although my son is now 26 years old, this snap shot, takes me back to the moment he was 4 and I’m pushing him on his swing. I can still hear his laughter and feel the warmth of the sun.  His fun, happy personality is all expressed in this photo. It is a special time that I will treasure forever.

And another snap shot of my daughter. We were in California on Venice Beach.  We were about ready to go swimming and my mother took this picture of  her in the sand with her favorite smiley face shirt. It brings out her personality so well, because she always has a smile on her face that can brighten up anyone’s day.

So, good quality photos should be a nice crisp clear picture that are in focus.  But should they be professional portraits? Sure, they work well and look great.

Or should they be snap shots? Most definitely! That’s what makes it a “memory” quilt.

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Don’ Let Your Favorite Memories Fade Away!

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Preserve your precious memories for many decades to come! We use premium, fade resistant ink to print out your photos, so they last much longer than other photo quilts that fade in time. Then we use a simple pattern that make your pictures stand out  with fabrics colors of your choice that compliment your photos rather than distract from them. Our pillows have a zipper & a removable pillow  inside for easy cleaning. Both our photo quilts and photo pillows are washable. Order yours today from our Etsy shop   https://www.etsy.com/shop/ConniesKeepsakeCafe