Suzanne Paquette

“Modern Memory Quilts”

Our May Presenter is Suzanne Paquette from Atelier Six, based in Montreal! She will be talking to us about Modern Memory Quilts.

Suzanne Paquette is a modern quilter, designer, and creative director. Through her company, Atelier Six, Suzanne designs and creates Modern Heirloom memory quilts and quilt patterns, combining her love of modern aesthetics and the emotional engagement of objects with meaning.  Suzanne is the author of Modern Memory Quilts: A Handbook for Capturing Meaningful Moments, C&T Publishing, 2019.

Her book and work are the basis for lectures and workshops about quilts with meaning. Suzanne’s work has also appeared in quilting books (Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, Handmade Getaway, The T-Shirt Quilt Book), the New York Times, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, Elle Quebec and in several quilt exhibitions including QuiltCon in 2017 & 2018.

May 2024

Suzanne’s experience has taken twists and turns, all eventually leading to modern memory quilting. After graduating with a BAA in Fashion Design from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson), she launched her millinery line and retail store, Six Degrees, on Queen W. in Toronto. In 2001 Suzanne ran away with the circus to work with Cirque du Soleil for 12 years as creative lead in consumer product development. It was at Cirque that the spark of bringing emotional depth to creative work was ignited, and where she learned that “Impossible is only a word”.

Currently, Suzanne lives in Montreal with her family, and works with the team at Soak Wash Inc. when she’s not quilting and teaching or gardening and cooking. Learn more about her work at