Hi, I’m Shannon!
I’m a colour and textile lover who accidentally stumbled into quilting!
You’re probably thinking “how does one stumble into quilting?”!
Well, I’d been working in the corporate world for over 15 years when I decided to step away to focus on starting a family. I had a stressful job and we thought maybe all the travel and pressure weren’t helping the situation. Little did I know what an all-consuming, long, and difficult fertility journey I’d be embarking on.
It was a strange time as I went from being very busy and constantly on the go, to my main focus being doctor’s visits and taking it easy. All I knew, was that I needed more creativity in my life and I turned to sewing as my outlet.
It wasn’t until years later when I stumbled upon a YouTube video on how to make half-square triangles (or HSTs as I’ve lovingly come to know them) that I became fascinated with quilting. One HST led to another and another and, before I knew it, I was well on my way to making my first quilt! That was back in 2015 and I’ve been hooked since!
This surprised me as I had completed discounted quilting as something I’d be interested in — too slow, too many details, too much hand stitching.
Turns out, the very elements of quilting I thought I would dislike are the ones I needed the most. Slowing down, reconnecting with my creative instincts, and learning to enjoy the process (not just being focused on the end result) were key lessons I needed to be reminded of.
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.MAYA ANGELOU
Since I’d discounted quilting as something I’d be interested in, I’m on a mission to dispel the misconception that quilting is meant for your grandmother – it is, but it’s also meant for you! The beauty of quilting is that you get to bring your own flare to the quilts you make. Whether it be the pattern you select, the fabrics you feature, or the quilting motif you stitch with, you get to showcase your creativity at each step of the way.
Not only is quilting a form of creative expression, but it’s also a beautiful craft to connect with your emotions, heal and achieve a calm state. It’s no mistake that so many quilters consider quilting to be their therapy, as quilting has a calming and meditative effect on you. It helped me deal with grief after the loss of our little girl and it’s one of the reasons I keep coming back.
Quilting allows us to connect with one another and not only share a mutual passion for the art of stitching but also share our discoveries, our challenges, and triumphs as we continue to explore our craft.
I’m so excited to be sharing our quilting journeys,
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