This interview is part of the Canadian Quilters Showcase series. I wanted to share with the world some of the amazing talent found here in our country. Quilters from across Canada have submitted quilts with their stories and are featured monthly. Know someone who should be showcased? Nominate them!
Meet Gerard Doucette!
I love the simplicity of this quilt. I especially love how the quilting accents the pattern.
Quilt name: Hidden Nine Patch
Finished size: 80″ x 91″
Pieced by: Gerard
Quilted by: Lynda MacAulay from Souris Prince Edward Island
Why did you choose this pattern? How long did it take to make this quilt? Where did you get the pattern? Fabric?
I had planned on doing a black/white/grey quilt that I had a pattern for, but the pattern was for a smaller quilt, and when I tried to enlarge it, I was loosing the effect that I was looking for. …..so I ditched the grey , added red, and made nine patches from 2 1/2 inch strips, sliced each nine patch in 4 and rejoined them after doing the flipping that was required. Approximately one month to completion…but I was working on another as well at the same time. No pattern , I did see one that was similar on Pinterest. Fabric from a local quilt shop .. “Quilting B and More”
Why do you quilt? What do you like most about it? What do you like least about it?
I enjoy creating…it was an art form that I had not tried, but was drawn to, so when the time seemed right, I thought that I might give it a go. I find it relaxing and calming…and I like to start my day at the machine…..my time with the seam ripper I could do without. And hand binding can be annoying at times .
Were there special people or circumstances that encouraged you to begin to quilt?
A friend that worked with my partner. She is an avid quilter and belongs to a local guild.
What do you do with your finished quilts?
Some were given to friends or made to order for them. Most are still in my possession.
What do you think of Hidden Nine Patch? Tell us in the comments!