This photo below after my very first trunk show was taken with a quilt I made in her class called "Colours of Nebula." I chose this quilt for that photo because Heather told me that I shouldn't worry about whether I'd done a trunk show before or whether anyone would hire me. I should just phone until I find a guild to let me do one. So I did my first lecture for free at a local quilt show and I've never looked back. Thank you Heather, that was stellar advice.
At Manitoba quilting events I gravitated to her side on so many occasions and marvelled at her stories of making quilts for movies and other private commissions. She was a true ambassador for quilting and she cherished every moment she spent with a quilt in her hands. I valued her humble and inspiring approach to teaching and admired the tenacity in her opinion that quilt teachers should be paid fairly.
Here is a lovely post by another wonderful quilter named Heidi Hunter who knew Heather so well. Her words ring clear and true about such an incredible woman who left us too soon. Heather, you will be missed dearly. I am so honoured to have been inspired by you in so many ways.