Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Berene Campbell

It's Month 10 of The Canadian Sampler! We can't believe we have come to the end of this amazing program!

We want to thank you all for being a part of this wonderful block of the month program and for sharing pictures of your blocks. We can't wait to see your finished quilts! 

Many thanks to all our wonderful designers for their brilliant work on the blocks. This quilt is truly a labour of love. 

The blocks for October are designed by Berene Campbell from Happy Sew Lucky and Christine Baker from Fairfield Road Designs.


“EH!”
 by Berene Campbell

"EH!"

Berene Campbell is a graphic designer and published pattern designer who recently moved from Vancouver to Toronto. She is a member of both the Vancouver and the Toronto Modern Quilt Guilds, and enjoys collaborating and connecting with the quilting community at large. In response to the craziness going on in the world, she initiated “To Boston with Love” peace flags project which hung at the MFA Boston, and more recently the “Quilts for Refugees” project in Toronto. Her goal is to spread a little kindness, in the hopes of helping to make the world a more peaceful place.

Berene teaches quilting in Toronto, encouraging her students to find their own creativity within.

Berene Campbell

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Inspiration for “EH!” 

When asked to design a block for this project I wanted to somehow represent the human side of Canada. My graphic designer roots always veer me towards text, so I thought a word design would be fun. A culture's vernacular really sums up it’s every day people. Canada’s unique words say a lot about the salt of the earth nature of it’s people. As an immigrant who didn’t grow up hearing Canadian slang, I find it very endearing. When someone in a plaid shirt cheerily tells you a story ending in “…eh?” you just want to hug them. So this was my inspiration. I ended it with an exclamation mark instead of the usual question mark as I wanted it to be more of a statement of awesomeness, and about how much I love it. EH!

"EH!" in The Canadian Sampler

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Christine Baker

It's Month 10 of The Canadian Sampler! We can't believe we have come to the end of this amazing program!

We want to thank you all for being a part of this wonderful block of the month program and for sharing pictures of your blocks. We can't wait to see your finished quilts! 

Many thanks to all our wonderful designers for their brilliant work on the blocks. This quilt is truly a labour of love. 

The blocks for October are designed by Christine Baker from Fairfield Road Designs and Berene Campbell from Happy Sew Lucky.


by Christine Baker

From Sea to Sea 

Christine Baker has been designing quilts, wool appliqué and punch needle patterns under her business name of Fairfield Road Designs for over 15 years. Her designs have appeared in many magazines in Canada, the US, Great Britain and Australia and she guest blogs for QUILTSocial on a regular basis. 

Christine loves to machine quilt on her Gammill longarm quilting machine and teach at her local quilt shop in Brockville, Ontario. Besides running her own quilt business, she is also co-owner of Upper Canada Quiltworks Publishing with her friend and business partner Nellie Holmes and works part time as a pharmacist at a local drug store.

She shares her country home with her husband Mike, teenage sons Aidan and Carson and their two dogs and cat.

Christine Baker


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Inspiration for From Sea to Sea

I love half-square triangles and felt that a two-colour block would showcase how great these different sized triangles looked together. The block reminds me of the different contrasts you find in Canada: French vs English, city vs country, hot weather vs cold weather, sea vs land and the list goes on and on. Canada is a diverse, beautiful, accepting, intelligent country and for all of these reasons I’m so proud to call it home. Happy birthday Canada!


From Sea to Sea in The Canadian Sampler