I’ve been sewing since I was a child, having made clothes sewn by hand for my dolls from scraps of fabric and ribbon that my Mother would give me. I would often sneak to use her sewing machine if it had left out for herself… much to her dismay! As I got older my Mom taught me how to make my own clothes and she was a very tough and exacting teacher which at the time I found exasperating and I’m sure that’s what she thought that of me. After high school in the 80’s I some how got a great job at Ottawa’s largest advertising agency and was mentored by many creative minds and art directors. Learned very quickly that everything is due yesterday and it better be done right the first time. Back then I loved the stress of the deadlines and the piles of work, I can’t say that any more.
So, spinning ahead in my life…I came across quilting. I quickly found that I didn’t have the patience or the space to make big quilts so I started to make miniatures. I love the fact that being small makes them more of a piece of artwork especially when they are framed and ready to be hung and admired. All my previous teachers of being precise have come into practice now, quilters are the most amazed at how accurate the points and seams are…they know and look! I have over the years received many awards for my miniatures and I participate in many art shows and studio tours where I show my quilt miniatures and other practical and decorative sewn items.
Close To Home – Nadine has a room in her house that is filled with realms of beautiful and colourful fabrics where she creates her art pieces. For Nadine, that is her “Happy Place” and sanctuary.