About Me


As a child, when I was asked, what I wanted to be when I grew up?....... my answer was always....an artist. Yup, I was certain that I was going to be an artist.

Well, as life unfolds, we sometimes get sidetracked and it wasn't until 2006, the year I turned 50, that I decided that it was time to explore my creative side.

I have sewn almost all of my life, at 16, I began working in a sewing factory, I learned a great deal on the sewing floor, worked my way into the cutting and design rooms, later, working as a sample maker for local designers enabled me to be a stay at home Mom, and eventually, I became a dressmaker/designer myself.......but it was all garments.....form, fit and function....and it was ALWAYS to please someone else.

I came to quilting with good technical abilities, excellent hand, eye, foot coordination and a desire to create. With quilting, I could do what I liked....I no longer had to please someone else.

Some may view having no art background or training as a determent, I see it as an advantage. Not having a list of “rules” to follow gives me freedom, freedom to work without limits or restrictions, freedom to explore and discover something new with every piece I create.
For me, it is not about the finished work, it is about the process, it is about the enjoyment I get from manipulating fabrics, playing with paints, dyes, thread, and well....just about anything I can get my hands on. I even love the fact that things don't always turn out as planned because this often leads me in a new and unexpected direction.

Many fabulous opportunities have been presented to me through my art. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the chance to exhibit, learn, teach, lecture, publish, judge and especially, to meet and share with others right across the world.
In May of 2011, I was invited to take on the role of Artist in Residence for The Canadian Quilters' Association.

I am a wife, a mother and an ARTIST.      


contact me at     thequiltrat@yahoo.com


you can read my interview posted on The Canadian Quilter's blog, Feb, 2013  here 

4 comments:

Hilary Florence said...

Hi Jill,
I have really enjoyed browsing your blog and seeing your flair for design. Your 'doodles' are unbelievable! I think 'doodle' is a bit of a misnomer. As a very keen free motion quilter who likes to use innovative stitches, I doodle a lot, but I end up with pages of scribbles with potential - not beautiful, neat images. They are gorgeous. I am so glad some of the were accepted. Congratulations
Hilary Florence

Hilary Florence said...

Hi Jill
Thanks for visiting my blog and for your tips. You said I was set as a 'no-reply' blogger, which I didn't know. I can't find anything relevant in settings - can you tell me how to become a 'reply' blogger?
Many thanks
Hilary Florence

Unknown said...

I have been mulling the cathedral in the round quilt for a graduation gift for my granddaughter coming in the spring of 2019. I am probably starting late but I have two questions, you can probably help with. 1. I want to make the blocks larger & am not good at math to know how to go about that & 2. How do I put the blocks together in a complete quilt. I want to make it at least Queen size. Thanks so much for such inspiring ideas & sharing them with those of us who probably wouldn't have gone there without your inspiration.
Deborah Altergott , Albuquerque, NM

Quilt Rat said...

Hello Unknown....I am sorry to say that I have no way to respond to you directly so hopefully you will see this follow up to your comment. I have since learned that this technique is called Japanese Folded Patchwork....if you are wanting to make a queen size quilt perhaps you may want to purchase a book or pattern. My suggestion to you is to Google Japanese Folded Patchwork...and follow the links, and maybe watch some YouTube videos. I can not give you direction in working in a different size...I provided templates in the size I worked in when I created that blog post/tutorial back then. (Math is not my strong suit either). Good luck.

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