Creating a Quilting Community
I started the Highland Quilters Guild in 2007 and served as president for 5 years. Starting with just 7 members, we’ve outgrown our meeting space a few times over and now have 60+ members. Currently I act as their Program Coordinator. This guild is very active in the community and is always up for a challenge.
I was also the founder of the Vankleek Hill Quilters Guild in 2013. I belong to other Quilt Guilds in the area, including Hudson QC, Cornwall Quilters Guild, Common Thread Quilters Guild and the Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild.
Fort McMurray Quilt Drive/Dunrobin Tornado
Working with a Canadian Quilters Association representative, I coordinated the collection of quilts from our area to be donated to those affected by the Fort McMurray 2016 wildfire as well as the Dunrobin, Ontario Tornadoes . Fort McMurray and surrounding areas had 599, 000 houses burn in the spring of 2016.
The Highland Quilters Guild held special “sew days” specifically for the Fort McMurray quilt drive. I was blown away by the support and people who have come forward to donate and to help make a difference.
Showcasing Local Talent
International Plowing Match 2015
I was the chairperson for the lifestyle/quilting section for the SD&G 2015 International Plowing Match’s quilt show, with approximately 120 quilts entered for display and judging.
This was a three-year role with monthly meetings to set categories, vendors, workshops, fundraisers, etc. (Quilting is not a speedy hobby!) We had a pre-show at the Finch arena, filling up the whole rink-pad with quilts to be judged and categorized in preparation for the IPM.
Sharing My Skills
Published Magazine Articles
I have had the joy of being published in one of my favourite quilting publications, the Canadian Quilters Association (CQA) magazine.
In the Winter 2018/2019 edition of the CQA magazine I was featured as the Eastern Ontario Representative.
My first article for the publication was published in the Summer 2013 edition of the magazine about the importance of appraising your quilts.
In the November/December 2017 issue of CQA, I had a pattern featured as the last of the Canada 150 series of the year. The pattern is Discover Canada 2 from the Robert Kaufmann fabrics.
Partnering for Success
Throughout my quilting career, I've enjoyed working with various companies.
I love working the Gammill team. Specifically, with the Gammill representatives for Eastern Canada, Kawartha Quilting Systems out of Millbrook, Ontario. As of January 2019, I will be working as a Gammill Educator working with many awesome Gammill Artists and Educators to promote Long Arm machine quilting. I look forward to collaborating with this wonderful Gammill Family.
I attended the CQA quilt show in Toronto with them to help demonstrate the Gammill machines. I teach long-arm quilting workshops for Gammill in Milbrook, Ontario. www.kawarthaquiltingsystems.com
I also proudly work with JN Harper Montreal wholesaler of Quilting Fabrics.
Award Winning Quilts
VERMONT QUILT FESTIVAL June 2018
2nd place for bed size applique/pieced
OTTAWA VALLEY QUILTERS GUILD
Best of Show: Full Bloom
Judges Choice: Full Bloom
Viewers Choice: Full Bloom
Long arm Quilting Bed size: Full Bloom
INTERNATIONAL PLOWING MATCH 2015
1st In Long arm Quilting Bed size: Full Bloom
1st in Long Arm Quilting Wall Hanging: Canadian Bear
WILLIAMSTOWN FAIR 2014
Best of Show: Canadian Bear
WILLIAMSTOWN FAIR 2016
Best of Show: True North