I took up patchwork and quilting in 2018 after many years of not even threading a needle. I originally trained in fashion and textiles at Manchester Polytechnic gaining a first in 1976. This was followed by, amongst other things, work in costumes at the BBC, a diploma knitting course at Leeds University (with distinction), followed by years of creative inactivity as I switched to earning a living by working for WaterAid in the 1980’s when it was a small charity, just starting up. For the last twenty or so years I have worked locally, so that I could organise family life more readily, running a property management business for an overseas client. In my spare time I set up a very successful charity which started as a patient support and information group, that encourages research for a potentially blinding rare eye condition, which I suffer from. When my eyesight was at it’s worst I could not have contemplated sewing. Fortunately with treatment my vision has improved and luckily my colour vision has not been badly affected.
I started quilting seriously when my oldest friend introduced me to her world of quilting and I immediately joined the Quilters’ Guild and 4 months later, I, together with 3 others I met at my first Region 1 regional day, started up our own South West London Quilters.
I am still finding out what direction I want my work to take, and I have a lot to learn, so I have been attending workshops both real and lately virtual, to catch up with where I want to be in the quilting world, most recently, before lockdown I was studying at Committed to Cloth doing their surface design course at weekends.
Two pieces of my work which I took to a regional day's "Show and Tell" were selected to be displayed on the Quilters' Guild stand at the Knitting and Stitching show in Autumn 2019.
I am a member of both the Contemporary and Modern group of the Quilters' Guild, and an active committee members for both the South West London Quilters and the Contemporary Quilt London group. I have set up, written and run both of the group's websites. https://swlondonquilt.org.uk and https://cqlondon.org.uk.