|Miles of Memories started with the charity work of Lynn Stucker, volunteering her time to make quilts for hurricane victims. It has grown to a quilting company whose purpose is to quilt and finish quilt tops for people all over the world and then to use the profits to create charity quilts for those in need. With our workers and volunteers, we aim to continue the work Lynn Stucker started, creating quilted treasures.Lynn never dreamed of becoming a quilter or even a sewer. Her mom, Jean was a wonderful seamstress: doing alterations, making wedding dresses and veils, and after “retirement”she made many doll clothes for her grand-daughters. John Miles Stucker, Lynn’s father was a craftsman building custom house boats. Lynn Stucker has had a penchant for embroidery, cross-stitch and needlepoint, but never knew the ins and outs of a sewing machine.Several years ago Lynn received a sewing machine for Christmas. It came with sewing lessons of her choice. She signed up with Denise Cawley, Pizzazz Studios, and the sewing bug bit. She couldn’t get enough of fabric, color choices, thread and had a long list of projects she was working on regularly. (We are sure you quilters know a lot about those long lists of projects to work on next.)Lynn Stucker fueled her addiction to quilts by taking class after class: thread drawing, advanced thread drawing, fabric dyeing, complex cloth, and that led to longarm quilting classes.
Lynn had so many ideas for quilts she wasn’t sure what to do with all her ideas. Then Hurricane Katrina hit. Denise Cawley and Lynn decided to do something to help. Lynn started piecing quilt tops. Denise asked all of her quilting students to donate materials, and quilt tops. Volunteers and quilt tops started pouring in to Denise’s studio. Lynn & Denise organized several work sessions. Through it all they made more than 100 quilts for the Salvation Army to distribute to displaced families throughout Milwaukee. Each quilt had a buttoned pocket for the recipient to keep valuables close to their heart. Additional volunteers filled the pockets with handwritten notes of encouragement.
In the hundreds of hours devoted to the quilting project, Lynn Stucker and her volunteers realized there was a need for a company like Miles of Memories. While many quilts are made for children in need through Project Linus, few are made for adults, teenagers, the elderly and even animals in distress. Miles of Memories quilting services offset the cost of producing charity quilts for groups otherwise underserved.
Miles of Memories – Quilted Treasures exists to continue the process of giving back to the circle of human kind.
This company is called Miles of Memories in honor of Lynn Stucker’s parents: Jean and John Miles Stucker whose dedication to their crafts fuels the spirit of Miles of Memories.
John Miles & Jean Stucker
Greg Schreck & Lynn Stucker with their godson Aidan
Read “Mile of Memories – Providing comfort and peace to hospice care patients and families,” Aurora Visiting Nurses Association Newsletter Summer 08 (2.7 M pdf)