Messing around with fibre arts has been part of my life since I was quite young. Crocheting, knitting, needlework, embroidery, cross stitch and sewing were all skill sets I was exposed to and taught. My mother, grandmother, and I found out, great grandmother, did a lot of sewing and quilting. I was the recipient of many custom made outfits while I was growing up. I also saw my mom doing some quilting in the late 80’s, and it inspired me to expand my sewing abilities to that form as well.My first quilt was a crib quilt that I cut out cardboard templates to create a tumbling blocks top. Then I decided that wasn’t big enough, and I added wide borders with lace, and then appliquéd Minnie Mouse faces in the corners.
My quilting adventures have continued through the last 25 years, and I have had the privilege of taking classes from a number of prominent instructors and artists along the way. I started out in my quilting journey with taking some classes and teaching myself from patterns and books. I moved to the US in 2000, and lived in several places; in my last US locale in northern Virginia I joined Quilters Unlimited in Burke, VA, and am still a member although I moved back to Edmonton five years ago. My work life has varied along the way. When I first started quilting I lived in the Two Hills area, and worked selling crop insurance, and then became a loans officer. When I moved to the US, I worked for a convention decorating company in Florida. While I got my Masters Degree in Architecture at the University of Colorado, I worked for Pumpkin Masters. I moved to Virginia in 2005 and worked for an architecture firm there. I have been working for an architecture firm in Edmonton since being back in Alberta, and I get to travel around Canada with some of the projects I work on.
My spare time includes a lot of quilting, fabric dyeing, deck gardening, cooking, reading, and hanging out with my cat. My parents and brother and family live in Alberta, so I spend time with family as well.
I chose a picture I had taken while on vacation this fall of some beautiful water lilies. I wanted to depict them using my hand dyed fabrics, so the leaves are all in grays. I wanted to use the lack of colour as the ghost or “black and white photo” to signify the climatic changes and effects on plants. I did my own paper pieced pattern, and the flowers are fused appliqué.
Materials and Techniques
Pat’s wall hanging includes the following techniques: paper piecing, fusible appliqué, free-motion quilting. Pat used hand dyed and purchased cotton fabrics.
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