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posted Sep 5, 2017, 5:03 PM by Lorna Shapiro   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 8:21 PM ]

September 2017 Update

Hi again. Another month has rolled by and now it is September. Kids back to school, cars back on the roads, and quilt guilds starting up again for the year -- as with most of life, September brings good news mixed with bad news:-). I’m off to Edmonton for CreativeFestival WEST on September 9, 10. For that reason, my studio will not be open Saturday September 10… but all will be back to normal September 17!

Here’s what’s been happening around here…

I meet the most interesting folks in my studio…

About 4 months ago a couple walked in for the first time. They wanted Japanese vintage kimono silk and a variety of tonal solids for a multi-quilt project they had undertaken. He was David Baxter and his wife is Carol McEown. David had envisaged a project to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Carol was to be his helper in this project. David has an engineering background and had never made a quilt, and Carol was also not a quilter. But they were going to make 22 quilts to commemorate the anniversary. This was to be David's project, from drawing the motifs, to cutting the wood blocks, to printing fabric, to sewing and final assembly. Carol was David's muse, his supporter, his assistant.

They had travelled to Japan many times and we shared a common interest in that culture. As happens with so many customer visits, we also shared our knowledge about all things quilting related… David was making wood blocks for printing on the fabrics and described his process, and I shared bits of know-how related to quilting. They visited often over the intervening months and finally I heard that the project was complete and would be shown one evening at the Rennie gallery in Yaletown.

What follows are a very few of the many photos I took of these 22 quilts each 86” x 86”, made in 4 months by someone who had a vision but no previous experience with sewing or quilting.






So I just had to tell you about this amazing couple and their project. I learned through them a little more about the Charter, a little more about working with fabric, and a lot more about just what amazing results can come from two people’s innovation and determination. Aren’t we all lucky that our hobby brings us in contact with people who are creative, inspiring, and full of a joy of life.

Restock on Shot Cottons

I ran very short on my supply of shot cottons by Pepper Cory for eeSchenck and just recently restocked. I added some more colours because the Canadian dollar is stronger so I’m able now to sell them for $14.50/M… a great price for some lovely fabrics. I also now have charm packs of these shots. Here’s a photo…


More bulk-order 45mm blades…

I’ve just done another order of 500 rotary blades, 45mm. Instead of $40/pack of 5 blades, they are $49.50/pack of 10 blades.

My Etsy store is back in business…

A friend of my daughter is a photographer and I’ve enlisted her help in putting up photos of my quilts for quilt kit and pattern sales on Etsy. My Etsy store is Pacific Spirit Quilts and this link will get you there… Contemporary Japanese-influenced Quilts & by pacificspiritquilts - Etsy

Here are a couple of the photos Juli took…

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OK… that’s the end of my update for now. I do hope you are all well and bursting with enthusiasm about the start of a new quilting year!

For those of you in Alberta, I hope to see many of you at the Edmonton show in a few days.

Be well…