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If there is something you like but it isn't offered in your choice of color, let me know and I will be glad to work with you to get it made in your custom colors.

Thanks for stopping by - I look forward to hearing from you!


1001 Bluebird Lane
Rolla, MO 65401-8700


Bluebird Gardens Custom Quilts & Gifts made just for you

Products: Custom quilts, handmade quilts for sale, embroidered kitchen towels,  baby quilts, vintage quilts, home décor collectibles,  personalized gifts, throws, quilt wall hanging, recipe books, wood refinishing products,  personalized embroidery services, quilting services.

What began in 1998 as a weekend trip with my mother to help find quilts for a friend is now a custom gift business. We make custom quilts in hard-to-find patterns, exclusive patterns with the artist's permission, and unique patterns I design. We also specialize in modernizing old favorites, such as double wedding ring quilts and making quilts out of printed photos, mementos, clothing and other fabrics. Baby crib quilts have become harder to find so we offer a variety of baby quilts in those smaller sizes that can easily be personalized with a baby's name and birth date.

Handmade quilts for sale and ready-to-ship quilts are always available for you if you do not have the time for custom quilts. Please browse in our Shop.

Collecting Photos

Bluebird Gardens Custom quilts, handmade quilts for sale, ready to ship quilts, baby quilts, vintage quilts, home decor, collectibles, gifts, throws, recipes, wood refinishing, handmade and personalized services.

Collecting Photos
for Custom Photo Memory Quilts

Customers periodically ask for help in selecting photos for their custom photo memory quilts.

My first suggestion is to pick photos that tell a story without any written explanation.

The photo example is my favorite photo of my brothers when they were young. The photo is the epitome of their personalities, even now as adults, and no further explanation is necessary.

Photos Can Be Mixed

Photos in custom quilts and other home decor items can be both black and white as well as color.

The challenge is to pick enough so they suggest a geometric design.

For example, if you have a black and white photo in one corner, add three more black and white photos in each of the remaining corners.

Orient Photos At Quilt Edges

The other challenge in picking photos for custom quilts and gifts is making sure photos are placed so they are correctly oriented.

Select photos that face both left and right.

For every photo facing one way, select another photo in the opposite direction to make sure you have an equal number of photos.

Single Photos v. Photo Collages

You can get more photos on a custom quilt by making photo collages.

You can put as few or as many photos as you want in those collages.

If you want to bring attention to a certain photo, I recommend putting the photo in a quilt block all by itself.

Center photo blocks are good places to put a single photo. If you're using one center photo, consider selecting single photos for corner blocks, too.

Start With Your Every Day Collection

We all have what I call "every day" photo collections; photos tucked away on refrigerators, books, bulletin boards, in electronic photo frames and on electronic devices as screen savers.

When gathering photos for your custom quilts and other personalized projects, start with those collections.

There is a good reason you have those photos in your every day life. The memories, and moments, those photos represent deserve to be shared and preserved.

Smile, Everyone!


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