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Pictorial Quilts

I love pictorial quilts. I love the detail, the story they tell . I love how fabric and thread make a beautiful and textured picture. A pictorial quilt inspired me to make this quilt of my families reunion at Bear Lake. It reminds me of the wonderful time I had with aunts, uncles, cousins, brother, sisters, children, mom and dad. Pretty much the whole family. It is a reminder of how blessed I am to have so many caring people in my life. The Dutchmen’s Puzzle reminds me of my heritage. I guess it is true what they say a picture is worth a million words. I don’t think a million words would ever be enough to express what all this quilt means to me.

So imagine my delight when I found this amazing book at the library. I had gone looking for a biography for my daughter. She needed it for a school assignment.

Each picture in this book is a picture of fiber art collage made by the author’s aunt. The detail is awesome. You can learn more about it here. And also see more of the art. This lady, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, is truly talented. What a beautiful way to remember something that must have been so horrible for her.

Oh the strength and perseverance she must have had. I admire her on so many levels.


  • *karendianne. says:


    I clicked on the link and had a chill go through my spine. You’re post is beautiful in the way you brought it all together, full circle.

    Fibers of Love, *karendianne.

  • Unknown says:

    I love your quilt, it is just fantastic! The border is phenomenal as well. The book and story behind it is so touching.

  • Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie says:

    Hi Em,
    Your story quilt is wonderful, someday….It’s on my list to do a quilt like this.
    Our family get togethers used to be so large and now they are dwindling down.
    Keep Stitchen’

  • Anonymous says:

    With art like this, I don’t think her story will be forgotten. I hope creating them brought her a sense of peace.

    What a fantastic border in your memorial quilt. A lovely idea to have a way of reminding little ones about special times with special people.

  • Wanda says:

    I can’t even believe this is a quilt. I’m speechless…and that doesn’t happen very often!

  • Teresa says:

    I hope our Library has this book as I would like to check it out. I may just go on Amazon.com and see if I can purchase it. Congrats on giving away another FQ – hang in there, you are doing great!

  • A Spoonful Of Sugar says:

    I love quilts that tell a story – they make great family heirlooms. DO you keep a quilt journal to describe all the symbols in your quilts?

  • Myra says:

    Seems like a wonderful book to look through… good find! 😎

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