Irene

Irene

I started quilting about 25 years ago after seeing a quilt in a magazine. I tackled my first quilt on my own and made every mistake in the book!! I enjoyed machine piecing for a long time until I got the taste for needle-turn appliqué.

I started out making quilts using patterns produced by others and eventually decided to try my hand at making my own – for myself. Eventually I found that there were many quilts “in my head” that needed to be put down on paper – and so began my love of designing applique quilts, hand pieced quilts and English Paper Piecing.

I mostly teach needle-turn appliqué, reverse appliqué, the use of glue – NO pins, and preparing and making hexagons. I encourage quilters to prepare a complete block so that it is portable and can be completed anywhere, any time.

One of the main things I found when teaching is that people can be very hesitant about choosing fabric. I enjoy this aspect of my designing and try and instil confidence in my students about choosing colour – and particularly NOT stressing out with this process.

I like to think of my classes as “sit and sew” sessions – or “mini quilt-ins” – where we have a fun and relaxing day, chatting to friends as well as learning a new technique or perfecting on techniques.

Irene