I took up patchwork about nine years ago, and I have no favourite style or method (except I don't get on much with very painstaking methods such as needle turn applique, preferring to move projects on quickly). More recently, though I have taken up hand and machine embroidery.
I enjoy teaching, and I taught occasional workshops and classes at Patchwork Garden in Sheffield for several years. I particularly enjoy teaching beginners. I try my hand at designing, and have been fortunate enough to have several projects published in Popular Patchwork. It is particularly gratifying when subsequent readers' letters show photos of their version!
I move between traditional block piecing and pictorial or abstract applique. I love machine stitching and quilting, and at the moment I am trying to work on smaller, but more detailed projects.
In 2015/16 I was very involved in the Bronte bicentennial quilt exhibition " Splendid shreds of silk and satin" and, with help from good friends, I made a copy of the quilt which is housed in the Bronte Museum at Howarth. The exhibition was shown in Halifax and at Festival of Quilts 2016.
The new Bronte quilt will find a permanent home at Howarth at the end of 2017. Meanwhile I am happy to offer a talk on its creation and why it was so important to me to make it.