04 Jun 2020
Your first book in this series was all about machine sewing. How did you find the response from readers?
So many people are taking up sewing for the first time at the moment. This book explains how to use a machine, simple techniques, then projects using what they’ve learned, so it has gone down very well with both new sewers and those teaching others how to sew. There is a lot of jargon used in the sewing world, so I hope I’ve demystified this area and encouraged people to have a go!
Why did you want to write a book about quilting next?
Most quilting books go straight onto patchwork and ‘quilts’. I wanted to explain the different methods of quilting, but not necessarily patchwork, and try to give confidence to my readers who may be intimidated when they see large quilts. The ten projects include place mats, storage solutions and a bag – all achievable projects for a beginner.
What’s your personal experience with quilting?
Most of my quilting projects are bags. I like to use foam stabilisers as the stitches really sink into the foam and give a lovely texture to the fabric. My Half Yard Sewing Club has a block of the month quilt project; we’re working on the third one at the moment. It’s fun trying out different quilting techniques to keep my members excited!
How has the quilting and patchwork segment changed over your career?
In the past, the majority of quilters I met just liked to quilt, dressmakers just liked to dress-make, but I am now seeing people crossing over the genres and trying different sewing techniques. Although the quilting sector is huge, I think programmes like The Great British Sewing Bee provide great inspiration and create interest in dressmaking for quilters and new sewers alike!
Can you tell us about some of the current trends in quilting?
I’m seeing a lot of colour blocking – using plain colours in favour of prints – with simple designs; many are monochrome, giving a fresh, modern look to homewares.
Crafting in general is booming due to the impact of Covid-19 – do you think the quilting community will also grow?
Quilting is definitely a growing trend: it’s a fabulous way of passing the time, resulting in something purposeful and beautiful. It’s also something that anyone can do, as you don’t necessarily need a sewing machine, and of course, upcycling clothing is a practical and affordable way to get started!
What was your favourite part about writing this book?
I enjoyed researching techniques and trying new ones myself, but choosing fabrics was my favourite part, as it is with any project!
And what was the biggest challenge?
Keeping to the amount of pages I was allocated, whilst making sure I fitted in all of the information and projects I wanted in there!
Can you give us any insight into what you’re working on next?
The next book in the series is Dressmaking – I’ve literally finished writing that this week. That will be followed by a book using sustainable fabrics for a variety of projects – Search Press are keeping me busy!
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