Margaret was really pleased to have won our new member prize last month and said, 'I have flirted with handcrafts since I was a small girl (I'm old enough to have been taught knitting at primary school!).  My Granny taught me to crochet and that has been my main obsession throughout the years although I've tried tapestry, tatting, cross stitch and have kept up with the occasional knitting projects.   I'm not new to sewing, having done a bit of dressmaking and soft furnishing.  It wasn't until very recently that decided I would like to try patchwork/quilting and a chance meeting with a lady called Suzanne Rome at Quiltessentials at Orton Grange lead me to signing up for Suzanne's Saturday classes which run out of the Superior Sewing Centre in Carlisle.'

'Having a full time job as an admistrator for local brain injury charity, Headway Dumfries & Galloway, a husband and 2 sons, I find that I don't always have time to sit down and sew.  That is one of the things that I really like about my once a month class; a whole day of sewing without interruptions!'

I first came across Popular Patchwork when one of the ladies at the class passed on the November edition to me.  I've found the Popular Patchwork website to be such a great resource.  It's so inspirational to see other people's truly beautiful creations and to have access to hints and tips on techniques as well as project instructions. I've been a lurker in the forums but have not yet posted anything!  I've also become a subscriber to Popular Patchwork which means that I now have access to digital archives of the magazine as well as a plethora of other resources.

'The photograph shows the first project that I did (the purple and green table mat) plus a couple of wee projects that were fun to do; a cathedral window pin cushion, a pouch for my cutters, small rulers, scissors etc. and a handy little thread catcher which is from a pattern that I got from the internet.'

'At the present, I've got some quilt sandwiches made up on which I'm practicing machine quilting techniques (maybe a case of trying to run before I can walk!) and this weekend I've been cutting material to start a table runner.  I'm scared to work big at the moment but I really liked the Bali Butterflies design in the April edition of Popular Patchwork and feel inspired to have a go!'

'I'm sure I'll love the book: I know that doing curves is on the agenda at my class but this will give me a head start!'

We love everything Margaret has made so far, and hope she'll enjoy being part of our online community. She's made a very productive start on her patchwork and quilting journey, ans we look forward to seeing where she goes with it next.