"Yesterday's Memories, Today's Treasures"

About Us

Inspiration

 

On May 18, 2005, we lost a close friend, whom we had known for 30 years.  Meeting in high school, we had become best friends through college, work, and children.  She left behind 4 great boys and a wonderful husband.  As the family shared her favorite things to keep her memory alive, Bridgit was given a collection of clothing to make the boys quilts.  What a wonderful way to remember their mother forever.

 

That same year, Bridgit and Katrina, started Memories & Sew Much More.  What started as a desire to bring comfort to children, family and friends who had lost a loved one blossomed into an endeavor to celebrate the special people and events in our lives.

 

 

Meet Bridgit and Katrina

 

Bridgit received a BS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!).  Following graduation from college, she worked in ‘corporate America’ for over 20 years where she received several prestigious awards and presented papers at both national and international conferences.

 

Bridgit began sewing and quilting over 30 years ago.  She has always had an interest in sewing and quilting, as well as many other arts and crafts.  Bridgit completed her first quilt while she was in high school, hand piecing and hand quilting a double bed size Log Cabin quilt.  She took her first quilting class while she was in college at Etc Crafts in Cary, NC.  For the next 30 years she made quilts for family, friends, and charities.  As she became more proficient, she began teaching sewing and quilting classes to children and adults.  Bridgit has been recognized at the state level with numerous awards for the quilts she has designed and made.  Bridgit is a member of the Capital Quilter’s Guild, the American Sewing Guild, the American Quilter’s Society and the International Quilt Association.

 

Katrina received a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina (Go Tarheels!).  Following graduation from college, she worked in academia for over 15 years.  During her career her work was published in several national and international scientific journals, as well as presented at national and international conferences.

 

Having recently won awards for dance, baking, oil painting, stitchery and quilting, Katrina has been interested in various arts since she was young.  She is an accomplished Irish Dancer, having received numerous awards.  Her interest in needlework includes cross stitch, needlepoint, hand embroidery and knitting.  These crafts have earned her regional and state recognition.  Katrina has been involved in genealogy for 15 years, this interest allows her to help her clients preserve their memories in various fiber art forms.  She is a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America and the National Genealogical Society.

 

Awards

 

2008 – Raleigh Feis
    1st (2), 2nd place Irish Dance
    1st place Irish Baking Sweets, Irish Almond & Caraway Cake
2nd place Irish Baking Soda Breads, Oatmeal-Walnut Soda Bread
2007 – NC State Fair
    2nd place Quilt, Optical Illusion
    Honorable mention Quilt, Bright Rail Fence
    Honorable mention Baking, Cow Cookies
2007 – Raleigh Feis
    4th place Art, Seahorse Oil Painting
    3rd place Irish Baking Soda Breads, Classic Irish Soda Bread
    1st place Irish Baking Sweets, Molly’s Irish Coffee Cream Cake
    1st (2), 2nd, 3rd Irish Dance
2006 – NC State Fair
    5th place Quilt, Crazy Daisy
    Honorable mention Stitchery, Counted Cross Stitch

 

2006 Washington DC Feis:  1st place – Irish Dance;  1st place – Baking, Soda Bread;  1st place – Cross Stitch

2006 Raleigh Feis:  2nd place – Cross Stitch;  2nd place – Baking, Chocolate Whiskey Cake;  1st, 2nd, 4th (2) place – Irish Dance

2004 Charlotte Feis:  1st, 2nd (2), 3rd, 4th (2) place – Irish Dance

2004 Oireachtas Southern Regional Championship:  2nd, 4th place – Irish Dance

2003 NC State Fair:  2nd place – Quilt, Lone Star Batik

 

 

Teaching

 

Bridgit has had the opportunity to teach several classes over the years:  Kid’s Basic Sewing, Kid’s Quilting, Block of the Month, Quilted Jackets, Irish Chain Quilt, Courthouse Steps Quilt, Badge work for the Girl Scouts (pajamas, pillow cases, quilt), Landscape Wreath, Keepsake Quilt Blocks

 

 

Community Involvement

 

We believe in giving back to the community through donations and personal time.

 

Bridgit has been actively involved with the Girl Scouts since college.  She has acted as leader to several troops, as well as activity coordinator for area and council sponsored events.  Bridgit is also the area representative for the Binky Patrol, which has delivered over 300 blankets to area children experiencing a traumatic event.  In addition, Bridgit reads for the blind at the Raleigh Lions Clinic for the Blind.

 

Katrina is actively involved in the Junior League of Raleigh and her church, First United Methodist Church in Cary, NC.  Additional support has included:  Frankie Lemmon Center, SAFEchild, Boys & Girls Club, American Red Cross, Project Enlightenment and Baking for the USO of NC.

 

Product Donations:

 

2008:

20% of our proceeds, Animal Protections Society of Durham, Durham, NC (May 2008)

 

2007:

Sanderson High School, Raleigh, NC (December 2007)

Wake Field High School, Raleigh, NC  (November 2006)

Garner United Methodist Church, Garner, NC (November 2007)

Highland United Methodist Church, Raleigh, NC (November 2007)

Home of the Brave Quilts, National Organization (October 2007)

Family Readiness Groups of the 30th Special Troops Battalion, Durham, NC (September 2007)

10% of our proceeds, Animal Protections Society of Durham, Durham, NC (May 2007)

Leesville String Orchestra, Leesville High School, Raleigh, NC (March 2007)

Just Older Youth Group, First United Methodist Church, Cary, NC (January 2007)

 

Past Donations: 

Sanderson High School, Raleigh, NC (December 2006); Annunciation Catholic School, Havelock, NC (November 2006); St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Apex, NC  (November 2006); Wake Field High School, Raleigh, NC  (November 2006); Inis Ciarde Irish Dance School, Raleigh, NC  (November 2006); First United Methodist Church, Cary, NC (October 2006); Officer’s Wives Scholarship Fund, Pope Air Force Base, NC (September 2006); Hopeful Parents, Raleigh, NC (Spring 2006); 10% of our proceeds, Animal Protections Society of Durham, Durham, NC (May 2006)

 

 

Continuing Education

 

Bridgit and Katrina take a great deal of pride in their work.  Whether it’s to keep up with the latest techniques, improve their skills or just for the fun of it; continuing education is a priority.

 

2008:

Dog & Cats Quilt (freezer paper technique)

Oil Painting

 

2007:

Curved Log Cabin Quilt

Mystic Moon Quilt

String Bean Quilt

Quilted Norwegian Chickens

Oil Painting

Rail Fence Quilt

Stash Jacket

Russian Punchneedle

 

Past Classes Include:

Around Town Tote, Series of Paper Pieced Mini Quilt, Blending Photos with Fabric by Mary Ellen Kranz , Grand Hoop Embroidery Class by Sewing Solutions – Pfaff Machines