Quilts Under Glass

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'Quilts Under Glass' is a collection of my latest quilting explorations. Measuring 11 3/4" wide x 15 3/4' high, each creation is matted and then framed under glass, just like a conventional art piece. This presentation offers the experience of admiring the beauty and texture of a real quilt in a unique, space saving format. 

All pieces are designed, handmade and framed by me in Vancouver, Canada. The mat and glass frame are included in the price.

Taking Vacations and the Inspired Eye

Last week I blew out of town to the Okanagan for four lazy days of wine tasting, lake lounging, beach reading, thrift shopping and site seeing. Noodling around in a fresh setting, with no agenda and no deadlines, free to do as one pleases is a luxury and a necessity. It can do wonders to provide fresh perspectives, give a much needed break from all those 'to-do lists' and best of all, help to nurture creativity. Not to downplay the benefit of a 'stay-cation'. Same benefits, but saving cash and travel time. 

Quilts Launch Today!

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Big Monday morning news from clothlab- the 'Quilt Shop' section of my site is FINALLY UP! Could not have photographed these without the uuber help of my boyfriend Blair, who sacrificed a long Sunday to help me get these babies documented.

Every quilt I create is a labour of love, and each is a product of its own unique inspiration. Of all the quilts in the shop, the 'Barr Star Quilt' is the most meaningful to me:

"... inspired by a quilt made by my Great Grandmother Barr just over 100 years ago. My mother gave it to me last summer, when our family home was being sold. I had no idea she did work so similar to my own, even though it was her daughter (my grandmother) who taught me to sew. It was a great joy to 'spend time with her' as I recreated her piece with my own spin, a design that required a good deal of math skills and technical precision. I marvelled at how she was able make her version on a farm, with seven kids and no rotary cutter or electricity."

Right: Me holding up the original quilt which inspired 'Barr Star', made by my great grandmother Barr over 100 years ago. Left: Portrait of my great grandmother Barr, maker of the original 'Barr Star Quilt'.

Right: Me holding up the original quilt which inspired 'Barr Star', made by my great grandmother Barr over 100 years ago. Left: Portrait of my great grandmother Barr, maker of the original 'Barr Star Quilt'.

My version of Great Grandma Barr's original quilt, with a titch of black and  lined serpentine stitching to give it a splash of fresh, modern style.

My version of Great Grandma Barr's original quilt, with a titch of black and  lined serpentine stitching to give it a splash of fresh, modern style.

Inspiration: Gees Bend, Alabama Quilters

Quilt by Linda Pettway, born in 1929.

The Gees Bend quilters are the reason I quilt. In the mid 1960's, as an offshoot to the Civil Rights movement, this collective of impoverished African American women began to quilt together to foster community and generate an income. In the 90's their work was discovered by an Atlanta collector who helped bring international attention and acclaim to their creations. They are soulfully beautiful and still take my breath away. Check out more of their stunning work here.