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3160 Parsons Rd NW
Edmonton, AB, T6N 1L6


Edmonton based custom long arm quilting. Custom quilter at Sparrow Studioz since September 2011

It's a quilty kind of life...


It's a quilty kind of life...

Sheila Van Der Linden


   My husband Ron is a very patient guy. He encourages me to be creative, praises my work or gently gives constructive criticism. He is the reason why I am doing what I do everyday. Without him I'm really not sure where I would be today.

   I have made quilts for our 3 kids, my mother, his mother, so many people, but not for him. We have quilts on our bed and couches that he uses, but nothing was specifically for him.

   He changed jobs last year after working for one company for 20 years. This was a huge leap of faith, a risk, an act of bravery. 

   I needed to honour this decision in a way that conveyed my support. I saw this wall hanging in Mundare, at The Chicken Coop. I knew instantly this was the project I was looking for. I found a fabulous batik print with evergreen trees, and I decided this would be my focal fabric. I bought the rest of the bolt.

   Digging through my batik stash at home I found all the fabrics I needed to complete this gift. It was like I had shopped just for the perfect fabrics to go with the evergreens. I know it was meant to be. 

   In Quiltessentials, in St. Albert, I found some artsy buttons for embellishment, and thread for stitching the flutes together.

   For further inspiration for Ron, I stitched a Bible verse into the quilting. "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path".Proverbs 3:6. This made it personal for him, so that every time he looked at it hanging in his office, he would know where to turn when he has to make decisions.  

   He is my best friend, my partner in this journey called "life", and by far the biggest blessing in my life.

   This was so fun to make. The hardest part was deciding which fabric went where. The pattern is called Pan Pipes, by Amelie Scott Designs. I know I will make more of these, my friend Sheryl is talking about a Christmas themed one....hmmm, my mind is buzzing with new ideas!