Collectif Creativity: 29Apr2023

by Anne Thevenot [Anne is a fibre artist. She joined the Collectif in February. Ed.]

This quilt is small, around 1meter square. The top is made from t-shirts and clothing once worn by the baby’s parents, embroidered pieces sent by the grandparents, drawings from two cousins, a Latvian design made by one great-grandmother and other fabrics from the collection of another great-grandmother. The back, binding and batting are scavenged materials. Pieces were machine sewn, then all layers were hand-quilted together. 

I began sewing with my mum using a treadle machine on weekends and holidays in Glen Roy. Sewing has always been a comfort to me. My mum was a person who could sew, embroider, create and transform something ordinary into something astonishing. She taught me to make do with what I have. 

That lesson served me well once I had my own children. I mended and refurbished clothes, made little bags and pillows for the kids’ friends and quilts for my family. After my return to Glengarry, mum and I continued to make wedding and baby quilts. We loved planning ahead, creating our own designs and giving a unique gift. 

I love mending challenging pieces, such as damaged quilts, or the favourite clothes of friends. My preference is to use scavenged fabrics that I find here and there. I store them on my fabric shelf (not books!) that is organized according to colour.

Baby Quilt, April 2023.

Share your creative activities! Send JPG image(s) to with up to 100 words per image describing some or all of what moved you to spend time thinking about and producing . . . something! Share how/if creativity affects (controls?) your life. Please include size (height by width), title & media for each image.

Writers – we want to hear from you! Send poetry, lyrics, an excerpt. Try to include an image of some sort because that’s the media world we live in. 

Everyone, share informative, inspiring Show & Tell demonstrating the creative mind.


  1. Anne, as your brother I’ve always been amazed at your creative energy and the beauty of the work you do!


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