I am passionate about patchwork and quilting. I started piecing quilts back in 1994 when I signed up for a City & Guilds class. And things just took off from there. At first I just pieced quilts for hand quilting. 15 years ago I invested in a longarm quilting system so most of my quilts are machine quilted now.
Quite recently I have started making quilts that I can Freemotion Quilt using my domestic machine. I started learning to Freemotion Quilt about 8 years ago and worked out the best way to approach the task. Nowadays I pass on all the best tips and secrets of Freemotion Quilting when I’m out and about with other like-minded people. I think everyone should have a go a Freemotion Quilting; there’s nothing nicer than to be able to say that you’ve made a quilt from choosing fabrics right thru to hand finishing the binding. It’s such an accomplishment.
I was born and raised in Canada. I moved to the northeast of England in 1993. My mother who still lives in Canada was a very important influence on my creativity. She took up quiltmaking in the 1970s but I didn’t take much notice then as I was a teenager. It’s only when I moved to England and needed something to fill the blank hours that I took up this quiet gentle craft. As a child, there was always plenty of crafting supplies in our house so I suppose that’s where my lifelong love affair with all things handmade started. My creativity genes came from my super crafty mom. Thanks mom for all the encourgement. 🙂