Sue - I have always enjoyed sewing ever since my father bought me a second hand Singer sewing machine at the age of twelve. On that machine I made clothes for myself, my children, husband and father-in-law as well as curtains for every room in the house.
Then the demands of a young family and a full time teaching job left me with little time for sewing except for cross stitch and the sewing machine stayed in the cupboard for many years.
Seven years ago I was forced to take ill-health retirement from the teaching and I signed up for a Patchwork and Quilting class with Christine Thomas at Camberley Adult Education Centre. That was it. I was hooked, and have been ever since. My first sampler quilt was pieced by hand but quilted on my old (1905) hand Singer, using the same needle that had been in it for nearly forty years. I know better now! I also made two quilts for my daughters on it. Then my husband took pity and now I have a new machine and change needles regularly.
Since taking up patchwork I have seen much more of the country visiting shows and shops . My husband has driven me miles out of our way in this country and abroad to find patchwork shops. I hope to write a guide to patchwork shops to include information like ‘proximity to coffee shops’ and ‘toilets’, but I’m too busy sewing for now. I’ll have a go at any technique, although appliqué is definitely done under duress.
Having completed my City & Guilds Certificate course, I have spent the last 18 months attending workshops, doing courses and visiting show and shop. It is really good to be able to concentrate on what I want to do and make, rather than fulfilling criteria for the C&G course.
Recent projects have included a king sized bed quilt for my daughter’s friend; a bargello lap quilt and several children’s quilts which I have donated to Project Linus.
Having just returned from a holiday in New Zealand with fabric my future plans include making a lap quilt to showcase these fabrics and to continue to enjoy patchwork and quilting.