Letisha McFall Studio
I have sewn since childhood. Like many nice girls of the 1950's I was taught to make all my own clothes, an a vintage treadle machine. I sewed my way through high school and started my first - and still unfinished quilt in my 20's.
Career, family and feminism interrupted my passion and love of creating beautiful things from fibre. In the last few years my fascination regarding womens' fibre work has expanded and re-emerged. Over 30 courses in both quilting and felting as well as hundreds of hours of studio time and teaching have allowed me to learn more and create well over 100 individual and unique pieces for people as far away as Switzerland and Scotland.
Each of my quilted projects is unique, and made especially for you, to commemorate people, places, events, celebrations.
Imagine a wall hanging made from baby clothes, or a signature quilt signed by your wedding, birthday or reunion guests. Imagine your family photo album transformed into a bed quilt or a quilted pillow featuring your holiday snaps. Imagine a tablecloth re-cycled from your favourite hockey uniform, or a shawl featuring your collection of opera tickets.
In my work I create new from old, reinventing as I go. While I study and collect historic quilts I don't copy them. I use them as inspiration by combining traditional quilt forms with contemporary ideas in fabrics, colours, style influences and personal elements. For example by combining current and vintage fabrics, transferring precious photo images and mementos, adding embroidery and other features, I capture family and persona stories, both past and present. And, like the quilters of old, I make something unique- that has the potential of becoming a family heirloom.
What customers have said about my work
"Knowing that everyday our best friend would be able to wrap herself in our love, in quilt form, lightened the load for all of us. Fighting cancer is hard enough and we all wanted to be with her. We could not have found a more perfect personal gift." [Edmonton Alberta, Canada]
"What a gorgeous and personal gift - and in our favourite colours! I just cannot believe it was made especially for us... I have never seen anything like it. Thank you so much." [Berlin, Germany]
"Presenting the quilt to my clients (I am an architect) was the perfect touch! They were so excited to see their names including the cat's name and street address embroidered on the quilt. The yellow fire hydrant on the quilt was a nice touch - so personal. What a creative person you are! I look forward to working with you again." [Toronto Ontario, Canada]
"What a simply amazing wedding gift -and wrapped so beautifully. I could not believe my eyes when I opened it!" [Toronto Ontario, Canada]
"My cats love their pillow and so do I." [Poughkeepsie New York, USA]
"Letisha, you made the process of creating so easy and special. Putting my hand prints on the quilt was a stroke of genius. I truly felt like I was sending real hugs to my cousin. Thank you so much." [Edmonton Alberta, Canada]
"Such a beautiful and evocative cushion reminding me of our friendship. I wish you all the best in your venture." [Scotland]
"We opened the quilt and each one of us were teary eyed. Such a personal and useful gift. The images on the quilt identified each member of the family and now the staff in the nursing home know that Mom has a family who love her. They call each of us by name now when we come to visit." [St. John New Brunswick, Canada]