Memorial Quilts

Memorial Quilts are a volunteer project by Santa Barbara Seamstress. The clothing of a deceased loved one can be turned into a quilt and returned to their survivors as a functional piece of artwork. Please get in touch if you would like one.

Liz Reilly / Kora Hayes – January 15, 1979-February 16, 2016

I met my Beloved Kora, at the Mayan pyramid in Palenque on the Spring Equinox of 2012 on the first trip of the Mythic Adventures. We saw each other quickly and deeply and fell in love. She healed and inspired me and I gave her every atom of love in my heart.

On our last, beautiful night together, we she asked me to marry her and I said “I do” and she left our world knowing she was loved deeply by me and by so many that she touched and inspired.

We will never know what amazing things she could have accomplished as she was just coming into her own accepting her natural calling as healer, teacher, and writer. I am grateful for every minute I was privileged to spend with her, for her love, and for all the love you, her wonderful friends, showed her.

-Christopher Fuelling, fiancé

Kora Hayes

Memorial Quilt constructed of clothing and fabrics from Kora.

Emiliana Avalos – December 13, 2014 – January 6, 2015

Que Los Angeles

Que los angeles te dirigan hasta el Paraiso; Que los martires vengan a darte la bienvenida y te lleven a la cuidad santa, la nueva y eterna Jerusalem. Que el coro de los angeles te den la bienvenida y te lleven al lado de Abraham, y alla a donde Lazarus es pobre no mas, encuentres descanso eterno. Que Jesus Cristo, quien te llamo, te lleve con el, el que dijo, “yo soy la resurreccion y la vida, el que vive y cree en mi nunca morira.”

---Our Shooting Star---

"We had her for a short time but we loved her so much. She changed our lives, for her mission was to bring love and hope to all the people that knew her and to remind us we need to live our lives one day at a time. Thank you, Megan, for the beautiful blanket. My daughter, Natalia, loves it. She sleeps with it every night. She says it makes her feel more closer to Emi. Thank you!!" -Guadalupe Avalos

Memorial Blanket for the family of Emiliana Avalos, constructed from her baby blankets.

Memorial Blanket for the family of Emiliana Avalos, constructed from her baby blankets.

Emiliana Avalos - December 13, 2014 - January 6, 2015

Emiliana Avalos - December 13, 2014 - January 6, 2015

Baby Emiliana Avalos with her big sister, Natalia, and father.

Baby Emiliana Avalos with her big sister, Natalia, and father, Roman.

Janine Michele Conley – April 28, 1960 – October 14, 2013

"My mum was and will always be my best friend. Having this beautifully made quilt out of mum's clothes, it helps me connect. I appreciate it every night at bedtime, and that morning when I see it again. Thank you so much for making this timeless reminder of the person who meant the most to me in this earth. I am forever grateful!"

-Jen Conley, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA

Memorial quilt made out of Janine's clothes for her daughter, Jen.

Memorial quilt made out of Janine's clothes for her daughter, Jen.

Jen and her mother, Janine

Jen and her mother, Janine

Chad Illgner – January 22, 1983 – November 11, 2011

Chad had a love for the outdoors, jeeping and mechanics. We will miss his love, sense of humor, and most of all, his smile. He was 28.
Memorial quilt made out of Chad's t-shirts and pajama pants.

Memorial quilt made out of Chad's t-shirts and pajama pants.