My dear Aunt Donna had the patience to teach me to hand-piece and hand-quilt a small doll quilt when I was 12. I worked on it my entire visit that summer. It lovingly covered her sock monkey, Ziffield Horatio, for years and now it's in my shop. It was then that I knew I loved quilting but little did I know it would be some nine years later that the love would be renewed through new techniques, encouragement to be creative, and being reunited through someone with sheer natural talent — my (then) soon-to-be mother-in-law.
I set straight into my first full-sized strip-pieced, hand-quilted, 72”x70” quilt. You‘ll see it hanging in the shop. It has been loved and used and treated like a member of the family. It made sense it debuted in the store. Over the years and as life goes I went on stints of quilting and not quilting so much but always loving it when I did.
Six years ago, a change in employers brought me to Winnipeg and a lucky day at a fabric store a little over four years ago connected me with a new friend and an incredible close-knit community of quilters, crafters, and genuinely incredible people from all backgrounds, all skill levels, and all age groups.
My passion for quilt-making was once again restored!
My first full year here, I completed 6 projects, my next full year here 12, last year 18, and in 2019, 4 quilts, countless samples + 1 entire quilt shop!!! Since then I've run my little shop with the door locked longer than when it was unlocked and I've still managed to meet such an incredible group of artisans.
Why Design Wall?
Because I wanted to help expand the passion, creativity & pure enjoyment of those around me. One of my core values is creating something where once there was nothing. What better way than through that which I too am passionate?
To all those who learn this craft through Design Wall, I dedicate that to the memory of Aunt Donna.
To all those who will have the flame sparked or rekindled, I dedicate that to Kathy.
To all those needing to find their way, I welcome you to Design Wall like Susan welcomed me to the Winnipeg community of quilters & artisans.
Sew happy to be here with you! Sew excited to see your excitement too!
Thank you - you’re all the reason I’m here.
I have worked to create a true quilt shop for you to create, learn, and explore. (well, maybe not the explore part right now!!)
3242 Portage Avenue.