Quilts by Big Wes

I specialize in transforming your ideas into beautifully crafted quilts that tell your unique story. Whether it’s a new baby, a journey through your school days, sports victories, concert adventures, or travels, I am here to turn your memories into lasting keepsakes.

Wrap Yourself in Cherished Memories and Cozy Comfort.

I pour my passion and dedication into every stitch, ensuring the final creation is a testament to their artistry. From the initial selection of fabrics to the careful arrangement of colors and patterns, I pay attention to every detail to ensure you receive a quilt that surpasses your expectations.

Quilts by Big Wes presents: Magic of Disney Quilt
Quilts by Big Wes presents: Magic of Disney Quilt.

Choose Your Kind of Quilt

Let me help you immerse yourself in the rich history of quilting. My quilts capture the essence of heritage and nostalgia, offering a piece of history you can embrace in your modern life. Choose the type of custom, handmade quilt that serves you best.

Contemporary Charms: For those who appreciate a traditional aesthetic, my Traditional Block Quilts allow you to choose fabrics, colors, and designs that resonate with you, resulting in a truly one-of-a-kind masterpiece that reflects your personality and style.

Custom T-Shirt Quilts: If you are looking for an exceptional way to memorialize a loved one, or if you’d like to capture a particular part of your life, my Custom T-Shirt Quilts can take a collection of shirts – or even other articles of clothing – to preserve your most cherished memories in an heirloom item.

Beyond Quilts: My passion for textiles doesn’t stop at quilts. Explore our quilted accessories, such as cushions, table runners, and wall hangings. Each piece carries the same attention to detail and commitment to quality.

Quilts by Big Wes presents: Caribbean Blue Quilt
Quilts by Big Wes presents: Caribbean Blue Quilt

Quilting Has A Rich History

While the exact origins of quilting are not well-documented, it has a rich history that spans cultures and centuries. For example, quilted garments and padded armor have been discovered in ancient Egypt. Similarly, quilted items have been found in China and India, suggesting that the practice of stitching layers of fabric together for warmth and comfort dates back thousands of years.

Quilting gained significant popularity in colonial America during the 17th and 18th centuries. Quilts were essential for warmth in cold climates and served as a means of creative expression. Early American settlers brought quilting techniques from Europe, adapting them to their new surroundings. Patchwork quilting, where small pieces of fabric were sewn together to create intricate patterns, became a common practice.

The Civil War era in the United States brought about a surge in quilt-making. Quilts were often made to raise funds for soldiers or to support the war effort. Legend holds that some quilts from this era contained hidden messages sewn into the patterns, which helped enslaved people escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

Quilts by Big Wes Presents: Prince - His Royal Badness - Quilt
Quilts by Big Wes Presents: Prince – His Royal Badness – Quilt

Experience the Artistry

Whenever I tell people about my love for quilting, I always wait for the look of confusion to come over their faces as I prepare myself for the inevitable question: “What made you want to make quilts (of all things)?”. My interest in quilting came from a book I stumbled on many years ago. I found the premise of “Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad” fascinating, and after reading this book, I wanted to recreate some of the symbols that this book presented.

Many more books have been written on this subject, including some perfect children’s books. Whether fact or folklore – Underground Railroad quilts sparked my fascination with quilting and my love for star patterns.

Are you looking for a heartfelt gift? My quilts make for unforgettable presents that convey love, warmth, and thoughtfulness. Whether it’s a wedding, anniversary, birthday, or any other special occasion, a handmade quilt is a gift that will be cherished for generations.

Explore my online gallery and discover how each quilt I make tells a story and how I stitch dreams, warmth, and memories into every quilt. Feel free to contact me with any questions or to place your order. Embrace the artistry of quilting today!