I have always been interested in sewing and I taught sewing and craft to primary school children during the eighties.
It was also in the eighties that I became involved in the design of church banners and liturgical dresses. During this time I received several commissions for this type of work which involved a great deal of satin stitch appliqué. I am told the banners I made are still hung in local Perth churches.
It was not until 1992 that I discovered Patchwork and Quilting and became hooked very quickly. I have made numerous quilts since that time in fact so many in the early days that I had to take up machine quilting in order to get my projects completed!
In 1995 I established my own business “That Heirloom Look” in which I specialized in designing quilts for clients and machine quilting orders for various people. As part of this business I was involved in teaching freelance and have taught at several leading patchwork shops in the Perth metropolitan area. I also gave many machine quilting demonstrations at craft and quilt fairs during the time my business operated. I reluctantly closed this business in 2005 because of my husband’s ill health.
Since closing my business I have continued to teach a limited number of workshops privately and on a voluntary basis.
Machine Quilting has become my passion and I have continued to teach workshops in this area since 1995. These workshops continue to be very popular and I have lost count of the number students I have taught during this time.
Others classes that I conduct beside machine quilting are trapunto by machine and machine applique. My teaching also involves hand work such as needle turn applique, reverse and Hawaiian applique.
“Working with Wedges” is a new workshop covering the use of wedge rulers and the spectacular results you can get using them.
I continue to update my skills by attending workshops with local and interstate/international tutors when the opportunities arise.
Traveling throughout Western Australia teaching quilters of all skill levels is one of the things I enjoy very much.