Interviews with Quilting Artists

Interviews with Quilting Artists

It is always great to find out more about your favourite artist. What they think about when coming up with designs. Their motivations. Helpful hints and tips. Watch these interviews for a special insight into the artist and their work..

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Interviews with Quilting Artists
  • Meet Janet Clare - Quilter, Patchwork Author and Fabric Designer

    As a fabric designer and quilt maker Janet now works from home but she enjoyed the neighbours and friends dropping by for a chat and cup of coffee, it meant that work was getting sidelined. So she came up with a simple answer – enjoy the video and find out what and why it’s still an ongoing proje...

  • Meet Joanna Smith-Ryland - Fabric Designer and Patchworker

    Joanna talks to us about her range of patchwork inspired bags, which are made in Cumbia, and combine cathedral window inspired fabric with colourful leatherwork. Also she shares a great tip on how to keep this leather looking like new – so as not to be afraid to use it.
    She shows us three ranges:...

  • Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles Exhibition - Worn Threads

    This has become a touring exhibition entitled ‘Worn Threads’ and we thank Marion Robertson for being our hostess and showing us around the exhibition.
    We start off with Marion’s own piece which was/is inspired by the handbag she used back in the 1960s when she attended a wedding (and there are pi...

  • Meet Margaret Lee from Fabric Affair

    Fabric Affair is a family affair and are located in Northern Ireland where they weave their own Donegal Tweed in the most fantastic colours. As a quilter Margaret is inspired by the colours and fabrics themselves and works by hand to create stunning applique projects – many of which are available...

  • Interview with the Stitch Witch

    Known as “The Stitch Witch” Lynette Harris is well known for her distinctive hat and easily spotted at all the major quilt shows.
    She shares with us some of the inspiration that she sells on her stand – from the simple idea of folded triangles to create 3D baubles which is a workshop on the site ...

  • Meet Mary Gamester at the West Country Quilt & Textile Show 2016

    This interview was filmed in 2016 on our stand at the West Country Quilt and Textile Show held at Bristol.
    Mary loves to transfer paint. With her artistic background she has found this is the medium that appeals to her creative nature. She shares this love through teaching and workshops.
    Mary als...

  • Surprising Silhouettes from Angela Madden

    Angela takes the art of paper cutting to a new level, and we all remember how simple and easy that was. This simple style of designing suits all ages. Even those of us who do not consider ourselves artistic, can create stunning and unique designs.

    Angela talks us through some of the ideas and ...

  • Meet Angela Madden - Author and patchworker

    Angela is the author of several books, and she tells us that she likes to base her books on a technique, and this one is used cut out shapes, so really easy to create your own designs.
    The patterns are created to be fused into place, have a cut look about them, but even though they are fused your...

  • Christmas Projects with Sylvia Critcher

    In this interview Sylvia shares with us her love of Christmas and talks through the inspiration for her winter table runner, which is full of snowflakes, which are Valerie’s favourites too. The table runner is one of the many projects that are included in Sylvia’s latest book, Raised Quilt and St...

  • Tracy Chevalier and the Sleep Quilt

    We caught up with Tracy Chevalier when she and her quilt were visiting Lady Sew & Sew, in Henley on Thames. The quilt was on display as part of a larger exhibition of Fine Cell Work, and you will get to see more of that in another video.
    The brief for The Sleep Quilt was ‘things we do in bed’ and...

  • Meet Gail Penberthy of Endless Thread Designs

    As a pattern designer, Gail gets to sew lots of samples, so it’s just as well that she enjoys making them. She specializes in small 3D objects such as sewing kits and cushions but there are some quilts too.
    Also, she is particularly good at adding appealing detail in her stitching and embellishme...

  • The Wordsmith Fabrics with Janet Clare

    Janet shares with us her original designwork that she sends in to Moda fabrics, who then turn them into wonderful fabrics. She is particularly pleased with the way that Moda honour her colour pallette – not something that we as the consumer would be aware of – we just love the end result!
    Among t...

  • Meet Janet Clare and Her Nocturne Fabric Range

    Janet and her family like to star gaze and this range of fabrics entitled ‘Nocturne’ has been inspired by those nights.
    You get to enjoy learning how Janet goes about the design process. She shows her design books and then you get to see the range of fabrics and the quilts she has made with them....

  • Meet Christine Porter - Award Winning Quilter and Author

    Christine, a qualified nurse and teacher from the UK, has been teaching quilting for over 22 years.
    She is internationally known as a quilting teacher and lecturer, as well as being a popular quilt judge at many quilting events around the world. She has shared her quilting knowledge with audience...

  • Meet Sarah Hatton - Knitwear Designer

    Taught to knit at the age of five, Sarah has always had a love of textiles. She had a passion for dressing up as a child. As a teenager she showed a flare for customising her own clothes. Sarah was always up to the minute with fashion in her own dress sense. Immediately after graduating, Sarah wa...

  • Meet Nancy Adamek from Lina Patchwork

    This is what Nancy says about herself:

    ‘I have been a keen Quilter for the last 20 years and had my passion for quilting passed on to me by my mother Lillian Adamek. Lillian was a completely self-taught Quilter who founded the first local quilt group in Hamm (Germany) when I was a teenager in th...

  • Meet Claire Campion – Quilt Pattern Designer

    Valerie interviews Claire Campion amongst her wonderful quilt and cushion designs.
    Her designs use half square triangles, roman strips, and repeated patterns to produce fresh looking blocks. The secondary patterns created from the combined blocks show the beauty of the patterns.  Quilting all ove...

  • Catching Up with Paula Doyle

    Recycling fabric is the inspiration behind the latest creations by Paula Doyle.  Her gorgeous square and sunflower ravioli quilts use jeans, flannel, and t-shirts to stunning effect.
    The idea of recycling goes beyond quilts using itsy bits of jeans to produce fabric. You will want to explore how ...

  • Raised Quilt & Stitch - an Interview with Sylvia Critcher

    In this interview with Sylvia learn more about the 10 different projects in her book. This is in addition to the sampler quilt in which there are another 9 projects!
    Over the course of her long and creative career, Sylvia has established her own unique process for combining raised quilt and stitc...

  • Interview with Lesley Brankin

    Lesley Brankin is a freelance needlecraft designer. She lives and works in Malvern, Worcestershire, UK. During the last fourteen years she has built up a solid reputation for her innovative design work. In addition, she has published more than 200 designs of needlework and patchwork. From May 200...

  • Meet Helen Deighan - a Multi-Talented Lady

    A little bit about Helen Deighan
    As a professional textile artist, she’s been making quilts since 1984.
    Initially working from existing patterns, she soon started developing her designs. And, when she couldn’t find the right color or shade to fit – she dyed her own. You can watch her workshops he...

  • Meet Sue Rhodes - a Quilter and Patchworker

    Sue loves English Paper Piecing. In this interview we learn about a new design she has created using the Dresden Plate petal as her starting point. She has designed the petals in two sizes and being English Paper Piecing, it is very portable and scrap friendly.

    She also loves thermofax screen ...

  • Meet Helen Butcher

    3D illusion quilts are not as difficult as they may look.  However, you do have to select your fabrics carefully so that you can create that illusion.   Light, medium and dark is what’s necessary, and remember to audition the fabrics, as they may change their category depending upon their neighbo...

  • Meet Julia Gahagan - Miniature Quilt Prize Winner at Quilts UK, Malvern 2019

    Julia shows her award winning quilt made with shadow applique, like all her miniatures. This means that the small pieces of fabric are held in place by the net/gauze, which in turn needs on simple quilting.

    She shows us how easy it is. Indeed we see how useful even the smallest pieces of fabri...