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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

Be Bold


Be Bold

Sheila Van Der Linden


I have to be honest and say, this quilt humbled me. How ironic is the name then, right? You would think that I named it this because it came to me easily, was loud and proud from the beginning, and I wanted to broadcast it to the world. The opposite couldn't be more true.

I struggled with this one. A lot. From concept to completion. 

But that means it is a learning opportunity. I'm a pretty stubborn girl, so when I latch on to an idea, I have to see it through. 

I wanted to design a quilt with the Drunkards Path quilt block. Every pattern I looked at, looked daunting. I have pieced lots of quilts, but so many I have backed away from because they looked too complicated. I didn't want that for you.

Most of the piecing in this quilt is in the assembly of the quilt top. There are not that many blocks to be pieced, and I wanted it to be that way. Now we can approach other patterns with a drunkards path block in it with confidence. 

I went through a number of names for this quilt, and mostly it was Matt that shot them down. I know, right, big meany! But when I decided on this name, I had a far deeper realization. I wanted my patterns to be encouraging for you. Be Bold. When I think of that I think of the quote from Marianne Williamson;

 “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

So Be Bold, and in doing that you will encourage others to be Bold as well.