"Rita helped me to give my husband a very memorable birthday gift. I provided Rita with my husband's
shabby, ripped and very aged baby blanket and she was able to re-create it into
using pieces of the original blanket. The best part was that we gave birth to a baby boy
the same month as my husband's birthday, so we are now able to hang the quilt in our son's room.
Rita made sure to ask what colors we were planning on using in our son's room, and without
giving her any real direction she was able to use her creativity and experience to create
a quilt that kept the originality of my husband's blanket, while adding modern designs and
colors to create the perfect keepsake. We now have a momentum to pass down to our son and
we truly cherish the work Rita did."
(These are the quilts we made for Sue:
border and Blue
"The responses to the quilts have been very positive (Click on the colors to see the 2 quilts:
My mom was very impressed with how you were able to produce such a gorgeous quilt from the shirts.
I could tell that she loved it and that it created many special memories.
The next day mom and I met my sister for lunch and it was there that we presented
her with her quilt. At first she was puzzled; however, after a few moments we could
see her reaction change as she began to realize that the beautiful collection of
square were dad's shirts. She was a little speechless. Her hand moved across the
carefully quilted squares and she was quiet. It is a lot to take in and of course
she was still in a state of surprise. Later that night she told me that it brought
tears to her eyes that something so beautiful was created out of something so ordinary.
This quilt will forever connect us to our dad's memory.
I think he must be smiling and perhaps even laughing that his old shirts are now a quilt.
He would want us to be happy and I know that it would give him great pleasure to
know that his shirts and his memory will live on in this beautiful quilt for generations to come.
Both my sister and I enjoy snuggling under dad's quilt. It is like a big hug.
PS....I Love my kool aid bag!"
"You know Rita, the more I look at the quilt
the more I love it.
And that's saying a lot since I loved it right from the start! Thank you again so much for
making me such a wonderful memory quilt!"
Then, she wrote me again to say this:
"The memory quilt Rita made for me was so beautiful. She made sure she understood how I envisioned
the final product and made a change mid-stream to accommodate me. Rita creates a high quality
product, one that will last a lifetime. I absolutely love my quilt!!"
"Thanks, Rita, for the wonderful quilt
! It was a great way to display all the race
t-shirts that were hidden under our bed. It was the perfect Father's Day present!"
We created a signature quilt
for Mark & Tina, where we gathered 80+ signatures!
"I am still pinching myself when I look at that wonderful quilt you created
(with a tremendous amount of input from others to fill the blanks) and looking
now at every stitch and all the work that went into it. Unbelievable! I am truly
thankful. Thank you so much!"
Mark & Tina H.
"I gave it (the quilt) to Elaine and she started crying, which started me crying,
and so on and so on until the whole family was crying...happy tears of course!
I'd love to use you again for another memory quilt and possibly a quilt made of my
old sentimental shirts if you wouldn't mind keeping me as a customer! I just love how
this one came out, and the customer service was pretty good as well! Thank you again!"
UPDATE (a few weeks later...): Elaine has shown the quilt to all her friends and everyone loves it...she still
tears up when she talks about it. She also has some friends in a quilting group and when
she brought it to show them, they told her that it was of the highest quality.
It is truely the greatest gift we could have given her and it means so much to her.
Thank you so much Rita!
to see Elaine admiring her new quilt.
Summerville, South carolina, USA
"I received the quilt today and it is beautiful. What a great job you did - such quality work.
Thank you so much for this - it was worth the wait and will be treasured forever!
They (her son & daughter-in-law) absolutely loved the quilt. My son has seen picture quilts before,
but said they just look like pictures on fabric. He thought this was
MUCH better craftsmanship
(believe me, he is not one to normally notice such things)!
They also loved the layout of the pictures. It is a beautiful quilt and they love it - great memories.
Thank you for such a wonderful gift. The quality is unbelievable and the thought that went into it seemed
as if it meant as much to you, as it does to them."
Vernon Hills, Illinois, USA
"I love dogs and have always had one of my own. As we all know, there will be a
day our pets will leave us. I just recently lost my 11 1/2 year old Rottweiler
Emma, my best friend. Then, (my step daughter) Rita surprised me with this beautiful memory pillow!
Every time when I look at the pillow or have it in my arms, I feel as if my darling
Emma is there with me. What a heart warming gift especially for someone, who has
lost a pet. I just love it!"
to see Johanna with her quilt.
Tsawwassen, BC, Canada
"The cushion Rita quilted in memory of my beautiful son, Edward, is very comforting
for me. Many thanks to you Rita."
to see Susan with her Memory Pillow.
Surrey, BC, Canada
"The quilt for Charlotte is lovely. I'm delighted to have one for each of the girls now.
You do very nice work. Thanks so much"
to see Charlotte with her quilt.
Saskatoon ,Saskatchwan, Canada
"I love my “Memory Quilt”. Rita Sheloff came into my life after I lost my 37 yr
old daughter, Tammy in November 2007. Tammy’s friends commissioned Rita to make
a Memory Quilt of her for me and my husband. I found Rita to be professional and
the workmanship outstanding. The picture of the quilt does not do it justice.
What a treasured keepsake to be passed on to family members."
to see Madeline with her quilt of Tammy
Kelowna, BC, Canada
"I had a pieced top ready to be quilted. I left the quilting design to Rita's
imagination - and am absolutely delighted with the pattern she chose! (So is the
recipient of the lap quilt). Thank you!"
Rossland, BC, Canada
"(I am) very happy with the quality of work - the quilting design was perfect
for the quilt."
Trail, BC, Canada
Triathlon T-shirt Collection Quilt
Triathlon T-shirt Collection Quilt has now become a conversation piece with
all our friends. We still have approximately 90 shirts left and will be sending
them for more quilts. Thanks!"
Airdrie, Alberta, Canada
"Absolutely delighted with the finished product as well as the service!"
Rossland, BC, Canada
Once again your talents have made someone in my life extremely happy. The retirement gift of
with a picture of my colleague's pet parrot didn't simply go over great - she was
thrilled! She is moving to London for a year and can't take Pepe with her, so how appropriate
that she has him with her in the form of a cushion. I've received e-mails from 4 other
colleagues, ranting about your talents and my innovative idea. I'm sure you'll hear from
You'll remain my favorite on-line shopping 'store'. I'm already compiling my Christmas shopping
Again, thank you so much for your excellent, speedy work and I look forward to having more
gifts done for my family and friends. It's a hit!
North Vancouver, BC, Canada
"I was very happy (with the pillow)
and I intend on having more work done. It is beautiful work!"
Castlegar, BC, Canada
"The memory quilt I had made was for my eldest daughter's 29th Birthday. She is married with 3
children, so I wanted something that she would have the rest of her life and could pass down.
When I contacted Rita, and mentioned to her what I wanted, she was very helpful in finding the
exact fabric colors that I was looking for and produced a product that was far beyond my
expectations! I was also amazed at how quickly it was completed. I am a sewer myself, but I
do not quilt, so I know just how much work and love went into this piece! I will be recommending
her highly to everyone who may want something unique and extraordinary. I'm sure I will be calling
on her again for another special memory quilt.
to see Chandra with her quilt
Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada
"I am thrilled with the 2 memory cushions
you recently made for me. My mother-in-law in
Switzerland will be so surprised with her memory pillow
with pictures of her son, granddaughters,
and great grandsons. I know she'll shed some happy tears on Mothers Day. Not surprisingly, you
can expect at least 2 orders - 1 for cushions and 1 for a quilt. My niece wants to have cushions
for her Mom and mother-in-law and as soon as I can round up the appropriate photos , I'll be
ordering a quilt for my daughter and son-in-law. They love the idea and your work.
I'm not sure if you have gift certificates/coupons for sale but if you do, I would like 4 $25.00
Many thanks again for the wonderful cushions. Your work is very professional and fast! I gush to
everyone about you. What a special and unique gift idea to share."
North Vancouver, BC, Canada
"Anyone that wants a quilt made - talk to Rita! Tell her what you want and she'll complete
it for you! She's a wonderful seamstress!!" (Linda dropped off a
bin full of T-shirts
us to make a quilt out of them for her.)
Castlegar, BC, Canada
"The quality of your work is outstanding!
The quilt is so beautiful
- I loved it,
and so did my sister."
Nelson, BC, Canada
"We're delighted with (Sabine's) quilt - it's beautiful! It was a gift from my cousin Mike
and his wife Marilyn. Sabine was watching intently as I unwrapped it. She's really taken
with other babies and she gave a big grin when she saw the picture on the quilt - not
recognizing herself quite yet! It was neat to see her grin as soon as I unfolded the quilt."
to see Sabine with her quilt
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
"I was impressed with the professionalism of service, and the quality of workmanship
is second to none!"
"When the time comes again that I need a unique keepsake as a gift for someone,
or a memorial quilt for myself, I know who I'll be calling! When I looked at
(baby birth announcement quilt), I could feel the love and attention to detail that you gave
this project. It's a very special gift that you have, and that you share with others.
I wish you all the continued success that I know will come your way!"
Bowen Island, BC, Canada
"I have displayed the quilts
in my home
and have already been asked for a brochure (from Kootenay Custom Quilting).
Everyone that sees the quilts
say it is a unique craft
and they admire the workmanship."
Chilliwack, BC, Canada
"We would recommend Kootenay Custom Quilting to everyone! We are very pleased with
our Heritage Quilt
! Thank you so very much, Rita. You are so great!!"
Bill and Deborah S.
Salmo, BC, Canada
"I absolutely love the quilt! It's amazing how you were able to capture Heidi like that on fabric.
We hung it on the wall in a common area where we can see it everyday. The quilt completely brightens
up the room and people are astounded when they see it! It's so beautiful…I'll be getting one for all
of my future children!"
to see Heidi with her quilt
San Mateo, California, USA