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Born and raised in Saskatoon, Simone Clayton moved to Winnipeg five years ago with her husband.
In May of last year, at the age of 50, the mother of two grown children took her passion for quilting to a new level with the opening of Design Wall.
Specializing in sparking inspiration in the quilting and fibre arts world, the Design Wall shop located at 3242 Portage Ave. sells tools, materials and supplies for making quilts.
"I wanted to help expand the passion, creativity and pure enjoyment of those around me. One of my core values is creating something where once there was nothing," Clayton explained.
Her first full-sized, hand-made quilt hangs in the shop.
"It has been loved and used and treated like a member of the family. It made sense it debuted in the store," she said.
Inspired by her Aunt Donna, who taught her to hand-piece and hand-quilt a small doll quilt when she was 12, Clayton’s love of quilting has been part of her life ever since.
"My favourite pieces are those made with the intent of giving. Some of my custom pieces have proven to be treasured and each piece has a story, I find. In the past three years, I’ve made nearly 100 quilts — my most prolific time. Lifetime, maybe only 125," said the Wolseley resident, who has been commissioned to make specific quilts.
"I love colour and I seem to see quilt ideas in just about everything. I like to put a bit of myself in every quilt; whether that’s a signed ‘label,’ a secret message, a twist from the expected, or simply going the extra mile with an extra-special element that means the world to the recipient," she said.
Clayton’s suppliers and instructors have offered online classes through her shop and she looks forward to featuring more instructors in the new year.
Clayton says the Winnipeg quilting and crafting community has been a welcoming group, which she continues to appreciate.
"Not everyone in the group quilts exclusively but everyone has a genuine goodness and love of creating. We are all very much excited by each other’s accomplishments and next projects. We work on group activities, look forward to monthly retreats, and in the past year, have all looked out for one another — we check in, we have zoom calls, and make sure we’re all OK. I feel very lucky to be a part of this beautiful community."
"My clients are my heroes. They have stepped up and supported my little shop and I kid you not, I am brought to tears every day by their generosity, kind words, gifts, and support in every way one human can support another (except for hugs during this time in history). I have nothing but gratitude and owe everything to my clients," Clayton added.
To encourage the unique art of quilting, Design Wall offers gift cards in any denomination and free gift-wrapping. At the moment, Clayton has waived non-contact delivery fees and will accommodate non-contact pick-up.
For more information, visit: designwall.ca or on Facebook at Design Wall - Quilts begin here, and Instagram @designwall1
St. Boniface community correspondent
Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for St. Boniface.