Fort Washington resident Suzan Hirsch has used quilting as a means of relaxation
from job as a social worker. She says, "My real passion is helping others preserve
and document their family history in cloth. Memory quilts and pillows bring so much
delight to those celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary, an important school graduation
or a special birthday."
Suzan is able to create personalized wall hangings,
quilts, and pillows for your special someone out of photographs, children's drawings,
poems, inspirational messages, invitations, favorite ties or t-shirts, mementos,
and other odds & ends.
Anything that can be photocopied can be photo-transferred
on to fabric and stitched together. For instance, Suzan has done a number of 50th wedding
anniversary quilts were friends and family of the happy couple have supplied her with
original wedding invitations, army discharge papers, their children's drawings and report
cards, sepia color photos of ancestors, birth certificates, immigration papers and of
course the couple's own wedding photos.
One family contracted Suzan to make a quilt for their
aging grandmother who was moving into an assisted living community. They wanted
Mama to be surrounded by familiar things. Brightly colored, cheerful fabrics were
selected to frame each family member's photo. As a helping touch for Mama's lapsing
memory, Suzan embroidered their names under their photos.
When Suzan is between custom quilt and pillow projects,
she works on her own art quilt designs. For "In the Treetops", Suzan's elaborately
embroidered a Forked-Tailed Flycatcher perched on a blooming white magnolia branch.
She says, "As an avid birdwatcher, you can usually find me looking out from my studio,
peering into the treetops. It is not surprising then that birds often appear on my
quilts, using multicolored thread and fabric to create a lush forest scene. And when
I need new inspiration, all I do is pick up my binoculars and a quilt appears before me."
Her latest quilt, "In the Treetops II--Midnight Madness",
was on display at the Sedgwick Cultural Center, 7137 Germantown Avenue in Philly from
April 6-May 5, 2003. The idea for this quilt came, "One bright midnight, while looking
out my second story window to view a hooting owl, I saw the moonlight capture the iridescent
nature of the spider webs in the dark trees. It was a magical moment that inspired my quilt."
Visit Suzan's web site at
www.SuzanHirsch.com to see
"Memory Quilts" examples. Suzan can be reached at Aslj4444@aol.com.
©2003 Carolyn Lee Vehslage