I live in Canterbury, England with my wonderful, supportive husband. We have one son, who lives and works in London.


I have always enjoyed crafts of all kinds, from flower arranging to rug making, and I collected quilts long before I began to make them. I began patchwork and quilting more than 25 years ago, and it became a life-long passion (I am delighted to say!).


I enjoy all kinds of patchwork and quilting but I particularly love the bold designs of modern quilts. I am a member of both the Modern section of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles and also the US-based international Modern Quilt Guild.

I'll be introducing myself and presenting my live, online lectures and workshops as part of the September 2nd Global Quilt Connection: A Virtual Meet the Teachers Event. This will be the second in a series of three Virtual Meet the Teacher Events (August 5th, September 2nd, and September 9th). Each session will showcase 30 teachers from around the world with each teacher having 3 minutes to present their online workshop and lecture offerings. Guild reps are invited to register for these FREE events and will receive a list of teacher names and contact information to follow up after the webinar.

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I am fortunate enough to belong to a number of other quilting groups. For many years I have been a member of Oast Quilters, one of the largest groups in the UK. I am also a member of Castle Wall, a group of about 60 quilters who meet on a weekly basis. I am delighted to be a member of the house group Usual Suspects, who meet every other month for lunch and the occasional bit of sewing. I am also honoured to be the international member of the Uvulati, a house group who meet near Philadelphia, and I attend meetings whenever I can.



I am currently the Newsletter Editor for Region 2 of the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles, for whom I also teach workshops.

Having spent two years undertaking the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles quilt judging course, I am certified to jury and judge all types of quilt world-wide. Currently serving on the Quilters Guild judging committee, I organise the judging for the Festival of Quilts – the biggest quilt show in Europe – and have been privileged to help judge Best in Show for a number of years. I was recently on the jury for the Quilt Around the World competition based in Munich, Germany.

I have just completed organising the judging for the Festival of Quilts first virtual show, where we had over 650 entries from around the world.


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