I am a Quilter, Textile Artist and Accredited Judge, Appraiser and Teacher with Victorian Quilters living in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Fabric, colour, thread, embroidery and quilting have been my life since 1997 when I first discovered the joy of making a quilt.
It was not long before I realised that I was more interested in making quilts as art for the wall rather than a bed cover.
Crazy Quilting proved to be the perfect vehicle for me to commence my original design work. Using this technique I was able to freely combine my love of colour and fabric with embroidery.
Much of my work is influenced by personal experience and I am frequently inspired by nature which seems to excite the creative process. I generally begin with a basic plan and work on one section at a time, problem solving along the way.
Over the years I have designed and made many Applique and Crazy Quilts. My interest in designing quilts with a narrative has provided a natural progression towards designing and making Art Quilts.
I have been fortunate enough to win awards with my designs in Australia and the USA, including Best of Show in the Victorian Quilters Showcase in 2009 and 2010 and Best of Australia in the World Quilt Show in 2009. My work has been exhibited in Australia, USA, France and China.
Four of my quilts have been included in the book 500 Traditional Quilts. My quilts in the book are Scottish Dance, Naturally Crazy, Crazy about Ballet and Holiday Waltz.
Juried into Art Quilt Element- Wayne Arts Centre, Pennsylvania USA. - Connections, The Teenage Years
Juried into Gems of the Ocean 11, Oregon, USA. - Magical Coral Reef
Juried and on tour with Vision 2020 Textiles - Fragile Future
Juried into AQIPP Metamorphosis - Sunken Treasure
1st Miniatures- Sydney Quilt Show - Autumn Dance
Viewer's Choice- AQC Magic - Magical Coral Reef
Juried into Dare 2 Differ, South Australia - The Arguments
Juried into SAQA Connections - Family Feud
Juried into Art Quilt Australia - Coral Tragedy
1st Berry, NSW Fractured Competition - Life
1st Miniatures Traditional- Victorian Quilters Showcase- Autumn Dance
Excellence in use of Colour- Victorian Quilters Showcase- Autumn Dance
Viewer's Choice at Waverley Patchworker's Quilt Show- A Time for all Seasons
Finalist Houston USA - Autumn Dance
Viewer's Choice- World Quilt Show USA - A Time for all Seasons
Finalist- AQS Grand Rapids and Virginia Beach- The Bleaching
3rd AQS Fall Paducah USA.- The Bleaching
Juried into Passion and Proportion 2 - The Teenage Years
A Matter of Time Touring Exhibition- Life on the Reef
2nd in Pictorial section Sydney Quilt Show - Firelight
1st Anything Goes- Victorian Quilters Showcase- A Time for all Seasons
Excellence in Embroidery and Embellishments- Vic Quilters Showcase- A Time for all Seasons
Runner up to Best of Show- Vic Quilters Showcase- A Time for all Seasons
AQIPP (Australian Quilts in Public Places)- Theme of Light and Life - Firelight
Berry NSW- A World of Texture, 2nd for Under the Sea
China International Tournament and Patchwork Arts Show- Crazy about Australia exhibited
Paducah USA, Finalist for Christmas Crazy
Waverley Patchworkers, Viewer's Choice for Christmas Crazy
Grand Rapids USA, Finalist for Naturally Crazy
World Quilt Show, Honourable Mention-Traditional for Christmas Crazy
Carrefour Euopean du Patchwork, France- Holiday Waltz exhibited
500 Traditional Quilts Book- Scottish Dance, Holiday Waltz, Naturally Crazy and Crazy about Ballet
Victorian Quilters Showcase, 1st Mixed Techniques for Christmas Crazy
Victorian Quilters Showcase, Best Embroidery and Embellishment for Christmas Crazy
World Quilt Show, USA, Finalist for Naturally Crazy
IQA Houston, USA, Finalist for Christmas Crazy
World Quilt Show 2012, USA Best of Australia for Eastern Elements.
NSW Quilters Guild. 2nd Masters Taditional for Holiday Waltz
Nsw Quilters Guild, 4th Mixed Techniques for Naturally Crazy
Waverley Patchworkers. June Lyons Award for Naturally Crazy
Waverley Patchworkers, 2nd Viewers Choice for Holiday Waltz
IQA Houston USA. 3rd Embellished for Naturally Crazy
Victorian Quilters Showcase. Best of Show for Eastern Elelments.
Victorian Quilters Showcase. Excellence in Embroidery and Embellishment for Eastern Elements
Victorian Quilters Showcase. 1st Mixed Techniques for Eastern Elements.
IQA Houston USA. Honorable Mention for Eastern Elements