ShowThrow Ribbon Quilts
Home ~ About Lani ~ Ribbon Quilt Galleries ~ Order

I began making ribbon quilts in 2001, when my parents told me that I needed to take the things in my old room to my new house. I looked around my former bedroom which was lined with hundreds of awards. Each one beaming with memories of my loving, supportive family, wonderful friends and coaches, heroic horses, and progressively difficult challeges overcome. I thought of all the memories and lessons I'd learned through riding horses!

I wondered what should be done with such a collection of priceless ribbons, the majority of which had been hard-won by my amazing little quarter horse, Speedy Operator, who could jump the moon. I thought of all those hot summer days spent practicing, late nights and early mornings spent braiding with friends, pre-dawn schoolings in empty arenas, all the falls when I got sand in my pants, and the countless hours hauling to shows and riding lessons with my mom and sister. I recalled the times I beat a friend in a ride off (and the times when they beat me) and we both left the ring crying. I just couldn't pack away my hard earned awards and leave them in the back of some cluttered closet to dry rot, be forgotten, and eventually be tossed to the curb!

I decided that the best way to preserve my memories and my ribbons was to make a quilt. . .

Speedy & Lani Blackford

The heroic, Speedy Operator, a 15.3 hh AQHA gelding who would jump the moon for me. In this photo, taken in 1998, we are jumping our ribbons for my high school senior portrait. We were both 17 years old when this photo was taken and he won hundreds more ribbons from when this photos was taken to when he retired in 2000. The quilts I made from his ribbons are more than 10 years old and they look nearly as good as they did when they were first created. Speedy is 36 years old now and his ribbon quilts have only become more treasured.


ribbon quilt ribbon quilt ribbon quilt ribbon quilt


Since creating my first ribbon quilt I have helped hundreds of people to answer the question of what to do with their ribbons. I take great pride in being a leading ribbon quilter with nearly 500 unique quilts of all sizes for customers to peruse. I have sewn beautiful projects for such noteworthy customers as Juan Montoya Design Company, top USEF hunter sire Popeye K, top riders in USHJA, USEF, IHSA, IEA, AQHA, and countless others.

I look forward to helping you create a custom heirloom ribbon quilt that both preserves your memories and brings noteworthy, one-of-a-kind distinction, and equestrian elegance into your stable, home, or office.

Please take a few minutes to peruse my Ribbon Quilt Galleries.


ribbon quilt ribbon quilt ribbon quilt ribbon quilt ribbon quilt ribbon quilt
ShowThrow Ribbon Quilt Infobar