Welcome to Miss Winnie Designs! I’m Hanna, and I am bursting at the seams (quilting pun) from everything I have to show you!

Who Is Miss Winnie?

It's kind of a family thing...

... But that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. We’re modern; we’re traditional; we’re whatever we wanna be, frankly.  


This company was started in late 2017 by Hanna Bialik Bourque, who has been inspired her whole life by strong, awesome women. First, there was Mary Hichens, Hanna’s maternal ancestor, who convinced her family to spend their winters on a remote island off the southern tip of Nova Scotia, so that they could save shipwrecked seafarers who otherwise wouldn’t survive. Eventually, the family was granted ownership of the island and became lighthouse keepers, making the area even safer for sailors. This island is now called Seal Island (this background picture is one of its beaches with two shipwrecks visible). Its proud, tall red and white lighthouse, mysterious history, scenic beaches, and beautiful, mossy forests are a huge inspiration to Hanna. Watch for these nautical motifs in her work! Second, there was Winifred Hamilton, Hanna’s maternal great-grandmother, AKA Miss Winnie. She was a fiercely compassionate, hardworking, independent woman who loved nature and spent most of her life on Seal Island. Although she died shortly before Hanna was born, Hanna felt inspired to name this company after her. (does anybody else smell a cool reincarnation theory?) Third, there’s Karen Bialik, Hanna’s mother and owner of The Fabric Addict, a former quilt/fabric store and current design/fabric company which now operates primarily online. Karen’s success, bewildering work ethic, and creative aptitude, as well as the beautiful designs she creates and fabrics she curates have had a huge impact on Hanna’s imagination and motivation and will likely continue to do so. Both through her indirect influence and direct help, Karen is a huge buoy to MWD. Which brings us to Hanna, who is inspired by a spunky spirit and familial narrative to combine the refinement of quilting tradition with the audacity of post-modern exploration. She loves juxtaposition, which means she’s prone to combining elements, typically thought of as contradictory, into a whole which is stronger and more awesome than any of its parts. Other common motifs in her work are minimalism, nature, geometry, nostalgia, music, animals, unexpected but gorgeous colour-combinations, etc...  


And lastly, this story was written by Hanna’s first team member, her younger sister Laura Christiane Bialik (LC for short), who worked at the Fabric Addict when it was a physical location for about 10 years (through high school and university). With Bachelor degrees in English and Education and lots of experience quilting and working with quilters, LC serves as Hanna’s writer, editor, tester, and consultant, and will likely branch into pattern design and product creation in 2018. If you see an over-abundance of sass, audacity, shameless post-post-modernism, or nerdiness in something, it might be LC. Sorry (not sorry) in advance. ;)

"Across My Heart"

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“Four O’Clock” Placemat Pattern

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“Hearty Meal” Placemat Pattern

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“Let’s Do Lunch!” Placemat pattern

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"Potluck"

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Ship Outta Luck!

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Miss Winnie Designs

84 Aberdeen Rd W, Lethbridge, AB T1J4Z2, CA

(403) 393-7193