My first memory of beautiful printed fabric was on trips to Libertys in George Street in the 1970's with Aunt Agnes. As her only niece, and having no children of her own, I was lavished with dresses, skirts and pinafores lovingly stitched on the Singer machine handed down from my grandmother. In the 1980's, amid a flurry of weddings followed by christenings, I re-visited Libertys to purchase Tana lawn, creating cot quilts in the only block I knew - log cabin.
my first quilt made after Jo's Peekaboo day class earlier this year
Years passed working as a scenic artist and prop maker in Theatre
and Exhibition design, however, an opportunity arose whilst also
lecturing part-time in Technical Theatre at Edinburgh College to join
the charity Hatwalk in 2004. Over the next 7 years Hatwalk promoted
Millinery through workshops in schools culminating in producing my own
collections for the annual Fashion Show whilst raising funds for Teenage
quilt made in Jo's Modern Sampler Quilt evening course in the spring
Part-time City and Guilds courses taken between 2011 and 2013
developed skills in machine embroidery, hand-made felt, creative
sketchbooks and experimental hand embroidery. By chance, I discovered
the wonderful quilt exhibition at Jo's previous shop in Church Hill last
summer, and promptly signed up for a course. I am now
delighted to be part of the Edinburgh Quilt Guild amongst such a wealth of inspiration and skill!