I have been a patchwork quilter for over 17 years, drifting backwards
and forwards between traditional and art quilts.
While feeling my way through the minefield of techniques, designs
and workshops, I was inspired very early by Annemieke Mein and
carry my camera with me constantly and take many photos of very
obscure things like the backs of air conditioning units and tractor
noses in a row, I've even been known to stand on a toilet, hanging
out of a little window in my wedding dress to take a photo of
a rusty old tin roof of a country pub.
I have done many classes over the years with such wonderful
teachers as Gloria Loughman, Jenny Bowker, Deborah Louie, Jinny
Beyer, Lessa Siegele, Judy Hoowarth, Kaffe Fassett and Mary Ellen
Hopkins whose techniques I incorporate in many of my quilts. There
are many more and I think there is a little of all of them in
I grew up in a Perth Western Australia in a home where mum always
was sewing, knitting or crocheting and dad who was a jeweller
was always designing something for a "customer" on a
scrap of paper and I find I design my quilts better on an old
envelope than any other way.
I was given a treadle machine for my 12th birthday and have
been sewing ever since, my doll had the best wardrobe ever.
I really enjoy teaching and passing on my enthusiasm to others,
it's great to see the "light go on" and a student run
with it and I think "AH HA got her hooked".
In my previous life I worked in the printing industry covering
all areas from artwork, darkroom work to running the presses.
Left the printing industry in 1990 to start a family and took
over as manager for my husband's acrobatic group "The Leaping
Loonies" I juggle too, not balls, I juggle running a business
from home, my quilting and 2 very energetic teenage boys.
Working with fabric for me is my escapism and something I just
HAVE to do.