I have a life long love of fabrics and stitched my first patchwork quilt when I was about eight, for my teddy bear. I then went on to make a matching one for me, raiding my mum’s off cuts and collecting extra bits from friends and neighbours. And that was it, I was hooked!
I stitch by hand and machine, for fun and occasionally to order, in between designing, teaching, paper cutting and family. I find playing with fabrics so therapeutic and exciting. I take inspiration from the quilts of Gees Bend; their recycling ethic born of necessity, and their wonderful improvised designs are so liberating. The spirit behind their work is what I draw on and I rarely buy new fabric. I much prefer car booting or charity shop bargains, and I am always happy to take on donated stashes when someone is having a clearout.
I regularly run courses teaching different techniques, encouraging students to get creative and not to worry too much about perfectly mitred corners and aligned pieces. And have some FUN!
I have a talk, “Bust the Rules and get Creative”, which explains my take on patchwork
and includes lots of resources and inspirational ideas. The talk can be delivered as a Zoom talk
Some recent feed back ‘We all thoroughly enjoyed your lively talk very much. Everyone I’ve spoken to has said how much they loved it. I think a few consciences have been pricked with regards to re-using and re-cycling, rather than buying yet more jelly rolls and co-ordinated packs of fabric!’
I was interviewed by Catherine Hill who shares her love of stitchery on her website "Arnold's Attic", which includes a Youtube channel of the same name, full of stitchy wonderfullness.
If you would like me to come and visit your group you can drop me a line
my Youtube Interview