and skill work together, expect a masterpiece." - John Ruskin
Legacy Quilts Mission
The family of personalized memory
products designed and handmade by Legacy Quilts enables clients
to preserve powerful memories and pass on history, art and craft in an
exquisitely tangible, functional and lasting
Inspiration and Motivation
Legacy Quilts was officially launched in 2002, the genesis of the idea
came in 1994 after, founder, Jennifer Olson-Hyatt’s mother died of breast cancer
at the age of 48. As the family cleared her mother’s effects, many clothes
items were put aside, in the hope that someone might make ‘quilts of memories’
for each family member.
Margaret M. Olson
While Jennifer has always had an interest in art,
at the time she had little to no sewing
experience. As time passed, Jennifer realized that she wanted to make the
quilts, so true to her spirit, she dove in. What she experienced was a healing
journey as each fabric memory was pieced into something beautiful, functional and
lasting for her family.
Creativity blossomed in the new medium and quilting quickly
became a passion, with a growing need to help others preserve such powerful
memories. Jennifer notes that a great deal of positive energy is put
into every creation. As a result, she loves seeing
the wonder they inspire and truly understands the memories they hold.
About the Artist
northwestern Wisconsin, Legacy Quilts founder, Jennifer Olson-Hyatt did her
undergraduate work in English, Linguistics, Education and Women’s Studies,
followed shortly thereafter by a graduate MBA. After spending several years in
various locations internationally and in the US in ‘corporate America’, she and
her husband decided it was time to move back to their small town roots in
Wisconsin and make her
starting a memory quilting business a reality.
Jennifer O. Hyatt
Legacy Quilts Founder
Legacy Quilts Wins Grand
in Oxygen "Build Your Own
After launching the business in 2002, a friend
encouraged Jennifer to enter the Oxygen Media “Build Your Own Business”
Contest for female entrepreneurs. She submitted her business plan,
and out of 12,000 entrants nationwide, the idea for Legacy Quilts was
selected as one of four winners.
As a winner, Legacy Quilts received a $10,000 grant,
an Office Max computer suite and a trip to New York City for a two-day
small business workshop. In addition, Oxygen came to Wisconsin to
shoot segments for a special TV spot on the winners.
Oxygen Video Clip /Link to Winner's Article at
Legacy Quilts Today
Jennifer and her husband have
daughters, Ania & Siri. In 2005, the family built their dream home on a
northern lake, complete with a separate quilting studio to permanently house Legacy
Quilts. In the
next years Legacy Quilts is looking forward to significantly
ramping-up production and continuing to define and build the Legacy Quilts brand.
To Jennifer, the most
important thing in life is that she is doing what she loves, secure in the knowledge
that she is spending her life in the most satisfying way possible, while
enriching others by helping create and preserve treasured memories through