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

Tutorial: Improv Birch Trees

I was asked to make a quilt for a woodland nursery. Animals are not yet in my design wheelhouse so I still have to work out that part, but I was delighted that to have the opportunity to test a tree technique that was in my head. Birch trees are linear, black and white, irregular but wieldy… Read More

Snow City

Quilting as a craft has deep roots in American history. Quilting was common from the birth of the United States as a nation and saw much evolution -- from traditional blocks stemming from pioneer journeys in the early 19th century, to Colonial Revival quilts in the 1920s and 30s, to today’s modern quilting movement. Each state even has a “state quilt block”; Hearth and Home magazine's received for… Read More

Land & Sea: A collaboration with Keephouse

2017 marks the 150th birthday of Canadian Confederation. The country has been ramping up to this for quite some time now, with capital projects readying for years leading up to this very occasion.Quilting as a craft has deep roots in American history, but I really want to explore what stories and techniques a Canadian quilt can contain to commemorate this sesquicentennial year. I had great intentions in 2016 to get a series of one-off throw quilts off the ground, featuring… Read More