I love patchwork. Mum became an enthusiastic quilter in the 1980s. Sometime in the 1990s she and Dad gave me my first sewing machine - an old Singer they'd found in a second hand store. I loved it. It was time to learn straight sewing. My first quilt was an Irish Chain quilt that Mum helped me make. I have it still and it is probably my most prized quilt - for it's sentimental value. Since then I have made many many quilts. I am a bit hasty and carefree with them and relay on the machine a LOT. None of my quilts are precise and perfect but they are durable, usable and made with love. I enjoy playing with colours and letting them 'grow' organically rather than following a precise pattern although I have made a couple of quilts that I like using a pattern.
Another favourite quilt is a french themed one - with bright yellow pinks, greens and burgundy floral centre display - framed with a beautiful red toile fabric of Mary MacKillop's life that I bought when I worked as a teacher in a Josephite school - when the sisters were still lobbying hard on her canonisation. So now hanging in our loungeroom is a tribute to Australia's first saint.
Every couple of years I make it to one of the stitches and craft shows on in Sydney. At one of those a couple of years ago I bought some panels of Snow White fabric...two years later I finally finished a quilt for Hannah's bed: