Patchwork & Quilting
Patchwork & Quilting has been a passion of mine for many years. From early childhood I was pony mad, but also loved needlework. Whilst living on the Isle of Wight, I was invited to join the local quilt guild, and that was it. What followed was 13 years of workshops, day schools, and exhibitions. 1989 saw me back in the New Forest, and I found a distinct lack of groups in the Fawley area, so I started the Fawley Square Patchworkers. That was 20 years ago, and we are still going strong.
We have raised many hundreds of pounds for charity over the years, and have become great friends, quilting, and gossiping together. We make quilts for a charity known as Project Linus, which provides quilts for seriously ill, or highly traumatised children. Last year the group made a quilt for donation and subsequent auction to support our local Air Ambulance Service.
Over the years I have been lucky enough to have been commissioned to make many quilts, but the highlight of my quilting career was having a quilt accepted for exhibition at the National Patchwork Championships at Sandown Park, Esher.
Four years ago, I joined a second group in an adjacent village known as the 'Forest Follies'. We have held four very successful exhibitions, and completed a lot of charity work together.