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Mary - I have always enjoyed working with fabric and started patchwork and quilting, like many people, by making a hexagon scrap quilt. I later discovered the joys of shopping for fabric and more recently the excitement of dyeing and printing.

From paper piecing I quickly moved on to more and more techniques, stimulated by an exchange visit to live in the States in the 80’s where I learnt to appliqué, piece without papers and construct a sampler quilt.
Quilting has been a hobby ever since then and I have always taken the opportunity to attend workshops to continue to develop my skills. However it was not until I reduced my hours as a secondary school teacher that I was able to embark on a City and Guilds course with Barbara Weeks, which ultimately led to the Diploma in 2006.
 

Self Portrait by Mary

Self-portrait by Mary

In 2006 I was accepted on to The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles Quilt Judging Course. At the end of 2008 I passed this course and so I am looking forward to my first assignment as a judge in 2009.

I have written articles for The Quilter, Popular Patchwork and Patchwork and Quilting and have exhibited on several occasions with Kennet Quilters as part of the Whiteknights Studio Trail, at the Festival of Quilts and, most recently, with Loose Threads at the Harvey Gallery, Guildford. I have taught Patchwork and Quilting and enjoyed devising projects for adults and Primary and Secondary school children.

I am currently experimenting with using unusual materials in developing wall hangings. I like to take inspiration from plants and from landscapes and particularly enjoy the challenge of using curves in my work.

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