I am a largely self-taught quilter living in Las Vegas NV, which means I’ve spent a lot of time making projects that didn’t work out, read a lot of books and patterns, perused the internet well into the early hours of the morning on too many occasions to count, and attended a handful of classes.
I grew up in Sydney, Australia, where the summers are blisteringly hot, and the winters mild and tolerable. My nanny Sue taught me to cross-stitch, embroider, and do needlepoint – along with various other crafts – when I was a small child, and Mum taught me how to use her sewing machine when I was ten or eleven.
Always wanting to explore, I moved to Melbourne for a few years while I was an undergraduate: a place where the summers are blisteringly hot, and the winters not so mild and tolerable.
I put in a brief stint in Thailand, where my father, David, moved in 2005, and still lives with his wife, Nichapa. I love it there, and try to visit when I can. I also lived in England for a few months, officially as a study abroad student, but mostly in order to get to better know my family there.
I ended up landing in Boston, MA, in 2010, for the same reason most foreign people seem to end up there: college. I completed my MLA in 2012, and never left. Quilting has had a lot to do with this. The community here in the U.S. is so vibrant, and staggeringly large; there’s greater access to materials here, and while quilting is by no means an inexpensive hobby, if you’d ever looked at the price of fabric in Australia, you’d understand why I feel that I can apply the term “reasonably priced” to most of what goes on in the American quilting market.
After years of fiddling around with various arts and crafts, I finally discovered a love quilting towards the end of 2012, when my then boyfriend, Nick, gave me a basic sewing machine, along with a copy of Boo Davis’ Dare to be Square. Honestly, before then, I had no real idea of what a quilt was. I suppose I would have equated it with patchwork, but I thought the term to be somewhat, if not completely, interchangeable with such terms as “comforter,” “doona,” and “duvet.”
Despite my rocky introduction to this art, some quick research on contemporary quilts was enough to demonstrate to me a
wonderful world of life and color that I wanted to be part of. Within months, every inch of unoccupied storage space was crammed with fabric, my spare time was increasingly spent cutting, pinning, and sewing, and an ever expanding library of quilting books and patterns was competing for space on the bookcase with my academic books and novels.
I began longarm quilting in 2013, simply because I was curious. It was such a learning experience! It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with this side of the quilting process too, and I’m thrilled to be able to help other people bring their quilts to life.
I moved to Las Vegas, NV, in early 2015, and am very much looking forward to enjoying blisteringly hot summers and mild winters again, although on a completely different scale to what i’m used to.
The quilting community here is amazing! I feel so fortunate to have been so warmly welcomed, so quickly. Within days of arriving I decided to join the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild, and have been enjoying getting to know some lovely ladies – and now one man – who are just as passionate about quilting as I am.
I hope you enjoy my blog. Please feel free to contact me. I love to talk shop, exchange ideas, and learn new things. I’ll try my best to be prompt in my response.
Many thanks to my friend Ida for helping me condense this in to something readable, rather than the full length memoir I originally started out with.
All the best,