I have been patchworking since 1993-1994, My loves are traditional work including needleturn applique and piecing. Special favourites are the Dresdan Plate & Ohio Star Blocks, and you will find them in lots of my designs.
We travelled to the United States in 1997 and from there my interest in patchwork really bloomed.
I have been teaching and designing since then. I started by teaching a sampler quilt at my home to a group of friends. I enjoy designing quilts to share with my students. I love the challenge of a new range of fabrics, and finding a design that is a little outside the norm but still traditional. I like combining colours that would normally not be seen together and this sometimes gives great results.
One of the great challenges of my students is colour and I like to give this advice. If you are having trouble try to use a “primary set of colours”.
That is, if you are using pastels – pink, blue, lemon and green…
brights – jade, purple, orange, and hot pink,
or Country – Red, Navy, Mustard and Dark Green.
Another option is to pick a print that you love and using the coloured spots on the selvedge choose your co-ordinates from these. I also encourage students to use a range of prints, small medium and large, to create texture in their quilts.
I have a Professional Machine Quilting Business and a workroom at home where I can teach as well. I bought my machine in July of 2003 and thought it would be a great asset and sideline to my business. It is fast turning into a major part of that business and I am enjoying the challenges associated with it. I love getting a new quilt top and working with the owner to guage what would suit the top and their ideas. I can offer pantograph, stitch in the ditch, custom, feathers and stippling… in fact almost anything that the customer would like.
My new challenges are:
- To look into working with embroidery with my patchwork!
- To find more time in my day!