“Irrational”: In Our Own Words Quilt

On International Women's Day of this year, Kim Soper of Leland Ave. Studios kicked off a project called the "In Our Own Words" quilt: "We are workers, caretakers, survivors and creators who deserve to have our voices heard and our merits celebrated. We are strong, powerful, beautiful, talented, kickass... the list is endless." The word "irrational" has been used… Read More

Our Song, Your Reflection

I have teamed up with award-winning songwriter and musician Meaghan Smith to create Our Song, Your Reflection - a celebration of community through music and quilting. The project gets to the core of what makes us tick as creatives — connecting people and connecting with people through our art. The project is structured as a crowdfunding campaign that invites… Read More

Everyone’s Got an X

Last year, I had a few people around me see the end of their marriages. The sadness hit me pretty hard as I put myself in their shoes. Life as you imagined it is no longer. It's a time of grief; it's the loss of what you dreamt of. During those difficult times, there is a need for… Read More

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 colour palette you choose. The pattern comes with instruction with a "spectrum" colour option and… 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