March 2022

John McPhail: Quilting with Quirk

Join John of Art East Quilting Co. as he shares his journey in sewing that eventually led to a career in quilt patterns and pet portraiture. This presentation will be a lecture/trunk show hybrid full of quirky creatures and modern magic!

John was born in Windsor, ON and has been a crafter and maker for as long as he can remember. It was his love of theatre and costume that eventually led to his peaked interest in sewing and textiles. John received his BA with Honours at Dalhousie University, NS, and it was here he discovered his love for historical costuming, modern pattern drafting, and unconventional sewing techniques.

John discovered his passion for everything quilts almost by accident, while searching for a project to occupy his down time. This quickly became his career focus! He started Art East Quilting Co. under which he publishes modern quilt patterns and offers custom quilts, fabric goods and art pieces. John enjoys spreading his love of quilting worldwide through his various virtual workshops which range from traditional quilting techniques, modern unconventional thread application and quirky raw-edge applique pet portraits.