Tutorial: No Waste Flying Geese

I hate wasting fabric. It's probably a function of my upbringing. The traditional way of making flying geese is pretty wasteful. And there is a better way. It's well-known, but I wanted to provide my own tutorial anyway. Time-saving techniques such as chain piecing and cutting multiples make these go faster. I have made hundreds… Read More

Pattern: Canada Geese Flag

Happy 150th Birthday, Canada! Everything around us has been branded Canada 150 for months: coffee mugs, jerseys, soap, even granola bars. And we have finally arrived at July 1 of this sesquicentennial year. I will be celebrating at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, but for you lovely folks - a 150th birthday gift… Read More

Euclid: Lustig Elements meets Carolyn Friedlander

Euclid was a Greek mathematician and the “father of geometry" that lived in the 4th- to 3rd-century BC. Euclidean geometry is basic to our understanding of mathematics, including the Pythagorean Theorem. In the mid 20th-century, Alvin Lustig designed only twelve letters “Euclid: A New Type”, based on Euclid’s writings. In 2010, designer Craig Welsh contacted Elaine… Read More

Have You Met… Louisa Glenn?

Louisa Glenn (@gracelouisagee) is a painter from Nashville, Tennessee. Her work is mesmerizing, with striking colours and always makes me think, "I should make a quilt like that!" (And someone did.) In this interview, Louisa reveals that a trip to the library led her down a new creative path, how she approaches colour, and how she interprets… Read More

Quilt Charrette, No. 1

When I was in architecture school eons ago, I participated in the Canadian Centre for Architecture’s annual student “Charrette” competition. It was a weekend-long intensive project that called for little sleep and fun times with my comrades. My team never won. The term “charrette” comes from the word for cart in French. According to Wikipedia, “its use in… Read More