Thinking about Textile Waste and Recycling

When IKEA opened up here in Halifax in September 2017, there were a ton of things that I was excited about: Getting the perfect rug for our living room, storage systems for my kids' mess, and beautifully designed fabric. But so far, the most vital purchase for my studio has been PLUGGIS waste sorting bins.… Read More

Banner Year: Colour Considerations

Banner Year is the first 3rd Story Workshop pattern that is traditionally pieced, and not paper pieced! This is a beginner-friendly pattern that comes together quickly and fits a nursery, pre-teen or teen's room or a living room depending on the colours you choose. The pattern comes with instruction with a "spectrum" colour option and a… Read More

Tutorial: How to Chain Piece Rows

You know that moment when you've cut all your pieces for a project and you're ready to sew, sew, sew? It's the go-time moment. I think we all love this part - when we can just feed that beautiful fabric through the machine in one long chain. We can apply that chain piecing method to rows… Read More

Flying Buttresses

American Patchwork and Quilting's Challenge for QuiltCon 2018 was Flying Geese. The prompt asked participants to modernize a traditional flying geese block with any variation, and make it into a modern quilt using modern quilting elements. Finished quilts could be any size. That is a generously open challenge! As artists, we often stare at blank canvases… Read More

Icebergs and Narwhals

I had the opportunity to develop another pattern from a commission (first one was the Sleepy Fox pattern) and this time, I went underwater. When my son's preschool teacher approached me about making a wall hanging for the classroom, I had in mind to try this business model again. The teacher had travelled up north… Read More

Looking Back on 2017

In March 2016, 3rd Story Workshop was born. It was born out of a need to carve out my own creative space that was separate from my two young kids. 2017 looked completely different from that. To start off the year, my guiding word was "GIVE." I wanted to invite people into my creative world. I wanted others… Read More

Modern Marks Blog Hop + Giveaway

[GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED} Christa Watson's debut fabric collection with Benartex, Modern Marks, is filled with saturated colours. These fabrics are useful for a bold punch of hues wherever needed. The abstract markings are also in strong colours, making for some great colour combinations! For the the Modern Marks blog hop, I chose a limited palette,… Read More