Hello there! I’m one of the newest members of the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild group, and I’m so excited to join. Anyway, I’m here to tell you a bit about myself. I live in Edinburgh with my husband, we’ve been up here for about 5 years. I’ve always been a bit crafty (my other major “hobby” is jewelry making), my mom and grandmother taught me to sew, from about the age of 6. I started out with a little hand crank Singer machine and mostly made clothes for my Barbie dolls (really, that was all they were good for!). From there I moved on to making actual clothes, and I’ve gone through whole decades of life where my machine has seen more and less use (often when I get frustrated with finding clothes!). Although I can crochet and knit, I can’t be bothered with them, really! But sewing I always loved. One day, a couple of years ago, I stumbled into Jo’s Avery Homestore and noticed that she gave classes. I signed up for a one-day beginners’ patchwork, where I made a mat for our coffee table, and I have to say, from that point on, I was hooked! I love modern fabric and designs, particularly abstract designs and things like bright colours and textures. As part of that, I tend to like to mix hand quilting and machine quilting, both FMQ and more straight line stitching. I’m also totally hooked on Instagram (where you can find me lurking as @gingerscribble), and have been enjoying the lively quilting community there, participating in about 5 or 6 swaps over the past year.