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

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

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

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

Pre-Shrunk 2017: Argyle Fine Art

Entitled "Soft Cut”, this little 4" x 5” piece is on exhibit at Argyle Fine Art in downtown Halifax from January 20 to Feb 11, 2017. Over 300 works are in this annual curated show, now in its 11th year. The submission called for works from both established and emerging artists. Although I am not sure about how I feel about… Read More