I grew up in Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia, and went to Acadia University, where I met my husband Paul. We got married the same summer we graduated, then five days later we moved to Igloolik, Nunavut, where we lived for six years. Now we live in Baie Verte, Newfoundland and Labrador, with our three boys who are 16, 15 and 11.
I started quilting in 1997, while still at Acadia, when I made an almost double bed size quilt that was hand appliqued, hand embroidered and hand quilted as a wedding gift for friends. I guess I don’t believe in starting small! I kept quilting, though the finishes came slowly because hand quilting takes forever, especially when you keep leaving it to piece together new quilt tops. Eventually, around 2009, I realized that if I ever wanted to be able to give quilts as gifts on a regular basis, I’d have to machine quilt them. Once I started, free motion quilting quickly became my favourite part of the process.
I do all my quilting at our kitchen table. I dream about having a dedicated sewing room, but then I think that if I were in a separate room I’d never see my family. At least when I’m sewing in the kitchen I’m in the middle of the house and I can chat with everyone as they come and go.
I discovered quilt blogs in 2012 and it was like finding my people. I didn’t have friends who were into quilting, so finding all of these people online who were also passionate about creating with fabric was amazing. I started my own blog, Devoted Quilter, in March of 2013 and joined Instagram in 2015. I love the friendship, generosity and encouragement of the online quilting community.
In 2015 I had my first quilt design published in Make Modern magazine. Since then, I’ve had more designs in Make Modern as well as in Modern Patchwork, Quilty and the 2018 Quilter’s Planner. I love seeing something I’ve designed come to life in fabric. I also love seeing how other quilters use their favourite colours and fabrics to create their own versions of my designs.
I’m always working on several quilts at once, while also thinking about the next couple I can’t wait to get to and usually dreaming up a few more that will come after those. Like most quilters, I have so many quilts I want to make that I’ll never have time for all of them, but I’m having fun trying!
I’d love to connect with you on Instagram (I’m devotedquilter), Facebook (devotedquilterdesigns) or on my blog, DevotedQuilter.com