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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 and my mom still has it. It lovingly covers her sock monkey, Ziffield Horatio, in her bedroom to this day. 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, 92”x92” 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.
A recent change in employers for my husband brought us to Winnipeg. My husband is back in his hometown, but feeling a bit like a fish out of water, a lucky day at a fabric store a little over two 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 this year so far, 2 quilts + 1 entire quilt shop!!!
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.
And last but certainly not least, I dedicate this dream to my husband as symbol of how love & respect can make all things possible. ILY
Sew happy to be here with you! Sew excited to see your excitement too!
Thank you - you’re all the reason I’m here.
My husband and I have worked together to create a true quilt shop for you to create, learn, and explore.
Come visit me at 3242 Portage Avenue.