My name is Rosie Rhine and I live and work out of my home in Vancouver, Washington. I’ve been quilting since 1973 when I made my first quilt, a log cabin quilt made from material saved from shirts I made for my four little boys, each piece cut out the old fashioned way – with scissors.
In 2006, I started Rhino Quilting, using a newly acquired long arm machine to quilt for myself and others. Since then the company has grown year by year, and I now have a steady clientele. My main occupation is making quilts for others from start to finish, although I do occasionally quilt for others on my long arm machine.
Either the Covid-19 pandemic or nervousness due to the coming election in November 2021 caused an abrupt stop to my customer flow. Evidently it was the last item, because soon after the November election, new customers started contacting me and they have continued coming at a slow but steady pace. I’m fortunate to have a continual supply of interesting projects to keep me busy, plus older customers who still need more quilts.
Specialization: Bereavement and Memory Quilts
Making unique bereavement quilts and memory quilts has become my specialty. I’m particularly fond of making these quilts which capture the spirit of a special loved one now gone. I look forward to opening a package of unknown (but precious) clothes and turning them into a beautiful quilt. Such quilts, made from the clothes of a loved one, become a unique treasure and a valuable aid in healing.
I also enjoy designing and making t-shirt quilts and tie quilts to memorialize a collection. Often that tie quilt or t-shirt quilt is also a bereavement quilt out of mostly t-shirts or ties but also other materials. In fact, I design quilts for all sorts of collections, such as baby clothes, precious fabric swatches – or even boy scout badges.
I can make any kind of quilt one could imagine, even a quilt for a cat.
Commissioning a Quilt
It’s easy to commission a quilt. Contact me at Rhinoquilt@comcast.net or call me at 360-213-7019 and together we will work on a design – or you can let me loose and be surprised! Either way, I guarantee you will be satisfied with the end product.
Working with Customers
My primary goal is to produce the best quilt I can for my customers, to pay attention to their specific needs and requests, and if possible, exceed their expectations. A bereavement quilt or a memory quilt is a highly personal item. I like to find out about the people who wore the clothes which make up the quilt. It helps me in the process of turning their clothes into a beautiful quilt. I strive to have everyone I help agree with Eileen, one of my first customers, who wrote that:
““It was wonderful to work with Rosie. She provided ideas and suggestions, then patiently took the time to help me fine-tune my wishes for the final version of the design. She is an artist, but also a deeply sensitive and spiritual individual. I felt an immediate bond with her, and she seemed to know intuitively what I had in mind.”