I hope you like quilts. If so, you’re in the right place. Romancing the Eye, is what quilts are all about.
Some background: I’ve been making quilts for the past sixty years. I could say I started making them as a child but that would not be quite true. I was twenty-two years old when my late mother-in-law, Maude Small, sent me the Old Dutch Girl quilt pattern in the mail. Only problem was, she didn’t include the instructions on how to make the quilt. She’d grown up on a farm and made quilts all her life so I guess she figured anyone would know how to make a quilt. I consulted the library, in Orillia, Ontario, where I was living at the time, but in the sixties, there wasn’t much information on how to make a quilt, so I’m basically self-taught. In 1974, I began teaching quilting at Humber College in Toronto, and the year after that formed the second quilt guild in Canada at the time, The Etobicoke Quilters Guild. In 1977, I conceived of and co-convened the first Canadian Quilt Conference at York University, Toronto, and in 1983, with no better sense as to how I ever got into Art College in my forties, I applied to and was accepted at the Ontario College of Art, now Art & Design U., Toronto. I graduated some years later with a diploma in design, still not certain how I’d ever managed to learn anything about design. I began designing quilts for my quilt students in the 1970’s and having moved to the countryside north of Toronto now, I’ve continued designing quilts. My work has won a number of awards and has been exhibited in Canada, the US and the UK. I’ve taught quilting on the Isle of Arran, Scotland, twice, an experience that was, to say the least, one of the highlights of my years as a quiltmaker.
This site contains the past and the present. As well as articles I’ve written for The Canadian Quilter plus my one design that continues to be requested by quiltmakers, The Canadian Provincial Wildflower Quilt which appeared in Canadian Living magazine in 1984. Dufferin County Museum has now taken over my copyright and the pattern is still available for sale.
I hope you’ll enjoy browsing through the site. Oh, and in case you wonder why I have three pages on the Australian Shepherd breed of dog, it’s because they are my life. I love Aussies. You’ll find two articles on medical stuff, one of which appeared in the Aussie Times and The Story of Hope, an angel in a dog.
I may be contacted at: 1-519-942-1775
The Nova Scotia Memorial Quilt featured here is my design found in The Canadian Quilter magazine, Spring issue, 2021. It is my tribute to those who lost their lives in the Portapique shootings, in April of last year and the pattern is available, at half price (my contribution to honour the tragedy) to quilters who may be interested in it. Here is the link: