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Socially, aesthetically, politically, emotionally, artistically, philosophically - quilting thoroughly satisfies the soul, it is a means of communication, a spiritual and psychological bonding between makers. It is a means of story telling, a chronicling of histories, a series of tales of human love and sadness, triumphs and sorrows. It is an art. We can learn a great deal about quilts and their making by studying those that were made by generations before.


My name is Diane MacLeod Shink and quilting is my passion. Recently retired as a Home Economics teacher, I now spend my time teaching quilt making, restoring quilts, appraising and researching historical quilts as well as making new ones for family and friends. In 1988 I founded the West End Quilt Guild in Montreal West, Quebec, Canada where I currently live. I am a Quilt Appraiser certified by the American Quilters Society (AQS), and a member of the Professional Association of Appraisers-Quilted Textiles. I am qualified to appraise and set values for insurance replacement or market value of quilted textiles.

My collection of antique and vintage star quilts was on display along with my apron collection at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, Ontario, Canada. I presented a research paper on the Veteran's Memorial Civil War Quilt from the McCord Museum in Montreal. I write a column, "Yesterday's Quilts", for the quarterly newsletter of the Canadian Quilter's Association. All this to say that I love everything about quilting, past, present and future. I give lectures and workshops (see menu for details). Enjoy browsing the site and please contact me if you have any requests or information you wish to share about your special quilt.

Telephone: 514 486-2768

Email: dimacquilt@sympatico.ca

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Diane Shink