Find Nadine at ST. ANDREW’S UNITED CHURCH, 2585 Country Road 29 North, Pakenham

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 to me.  I would often sneak to use her sewing machine if it had been 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 am sure that’s what she thought of me.  After high school, in the 80’s, I got a great job at Ottawa’s largest advertising agency and was mentored by many creative minds and art directors.  I learned very quickly that everything is due ‘yesterday’ and that the job better be done right the first time.

Back then, I loved the stress of deadlines and the piles of work…..I can’t say that anymore!

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 the quilts more than a piece of artwork, especially when they are framed and ready to be hung and admired.

All of my previous teachers taught me to be precise and it has all come in to practice now.  Other quilters are the most amazed at how accurate the points and the seams are….they know and they look!

Over the years, I have received many awards for my miniature quilts and I have participated in many art shows and studio tours where I show my quilt miniatures and other practical and decorative sewn items.

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My favourite maple memory:

Maple Sugar Pie recipe

The best way to have maple sugar is in a pie!  I first tried this pie at a Maple Run Tour potluck.  Shirley Fulton brought this yumoooo pie!

One bottom pie crust


2 eggs

1 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons flour

3 tablespoons soft butter

1 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix eggs until frothy.  Add all of the other ingredients.  Fill the crust and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Let cool and set.