Guest Quilter— Verna Horwood, a new RedBerry member.
I have until recently been quilting full time as a Professional Longarm-Quilter, having started quilting for others in 2002. Being passionate about quilting, I travelled overseas on a number of occasions for additional tuition with International Tutors and have also been fortunate enough to have tuition in Australia with Ricky Timm’s, Kaffe Fasset and our very own Pam Holland and Gloria Loughman to name a few.
I am pleased that I have been fortunate to win awards for my quilting work, having won them in New South Wales and South Australia and more recently to exhibit a quilt in Melbourne at this year’s Australian Quilt Convention which was an honour .
With regards to wholecloth quilts, I design my own layout from concept to drawing and then digitising the pattern for use in my quilting. My family here and overseas are the recipients of quilts that I have made – what a joy to be able to share quilts with others.
I have had the privilege to make and donate quilts to raise funds for charities and am glad that I was able to assist in various fundraising projects.
I will endeavour to share my method of preparing, drawing, marking and quilting of a wholelcoth quilt, and even how to do trapunto work.
Whilst loving all aspects of quilting, I believe it is good to challenge yourself, try new things and have a go – I personally am venturing out on a new pathway – that of thread painting and art quilts as well as doing freehand quilting, but will still make and quilt the odd contemporary quilt.
I believe that patchwork and quilting is all about trying new ideas, discovering what works best for you and most importantly enjoying what you are doing.